Science Fiction Susan Price A Sterkarm Kiss

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A Sterkarm Kiss

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The sequel to Susan Price's imaginative tour de force, The Sterkarm Handshake. The Time Tube is back on-line, and FUP are back in the sixteenth century, out for all they can get from the moronic peasant-folk, the Sterkarms. The moronic peasant-folk who destroyed all their plans and invaded the twenty-first century last time around...But this time FUP have everything under control. This is a whole new bunch of Sterkarms, and they're not going to get out of hand. After all, this time they have the ultimate weapon - love. But do the Sterkarms see love quite the same way? Just how much faith can you put in a Sterkarm Kiss?

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About the Author:

Susan Price has always loved reading and telling stories. At the age of sixteen she published her first book, The Devil's Piper. Since then she's written more than thirty books, including The Ghost Drum, winner of the 1987 Carnegie Medal. Ms. Price lives in the Black Country in the heart of England.

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Grade 9 Up–Andrea Mitchell returns to the past, only it's not exactly the past she visited in The Sterkarm Handshake (HarperCollins, 2000). Her nasty ex-boss at FUP asks once again for her translating services, and Andrea agrees to go back through the Time Tube to the 16th century–against her better judgment–hoping she will be reunited with her lover, Per. Andrea departs and learns that she's been sent to a wholly different dimension, in which the people she lovingly remembers exist but do not recognize her. Instead of buying the loyalty of the Sterkarms, the company she works for initiates a violent overthrow by pitting them against their enemy clan, the Grannams. When an ill-fated wedding draws to its inevitable conclusion, the company's plans are set in motion, and Andrea must unravel them. Though Price re-explains the setup from book one, familiarity with that novel gives this one greater emotional resonance. The plot moves quickly, and there's as much or more violence than in the previous book. The idea of a past that's actually a part of another dimension gets a bit confusing (16-A, 16-B), but it effectively comes together in a cliff-hanger ending. The impersonal, inhuman violence of the 21st-siders is subtly, effectively juxtaposed with the brutality and anger of the 16th-siders. Andrea again faces an impossible but emotionally engaging situation: choosing between her murderous 16th-century lover and her destructive 21st-side counterparts. Like Connie Willis's Doomsday Book (Bantam, 1993), this is perfect for sophisticated YA readers.–Sarah Couri, New York Public Library
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