It is one hundred years since civilization as we know it was wiped out by a nuclear holocaust. Life continues for a few but the future is threatened as the values of the old culture come under attack from an increasingly superstitious people.
For Michael, it is the past that offers hope. Forbidden to marry and have children because his parents died of radiation sickness, he becomes "The Keeper" copying old books and recording the dramatic tale of his people. But when a group of young people breaks away in search of a new life, Michael decides to accompany them on their adventures.
With its lush setting on New Zealand's North Island, this is an exciting and challenging novel about the struggle to survive the unthinkable.
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Barry Faville teaches English at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College in New Zealand. He has previously worked in broadcasting as both a scriptwriter and producer. This is his first novel.
Grade 7-9 This futuristic tale, set sometime after a nuclear holocaust, is about a remaining culture trying to kill a roaming tiger before the tiger attacks them. They live in the ``shadow of the bomb'' where ``loners,'' those directly disfigured by radiation exposure, banish themselves from the others. The main character's parents were loners, and near the story's end he and readers learn that they were killed because it was believed that they were responsible for a volcanic eruption and storm which led people to believe the world was at an end. This is a depressing, slow-moving account of life after the bomb. Unlike Gloria Miklowitz' After the Bomb (Scholastic, 1985), the plot is weak; the characters are colorless; and readers learn little of how the people really live, eat, intermingle, etc. A mediocre treatment of a subject about which there is much interest. Kristine Johnson, Parcells Middle School, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1987. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. scuffed jacket edges and spine , 2cm tear to top back spine edge, reading crease to front end page corner 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 102015
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0195581466
Book Description Australia: OUP, 1986, 1986. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Hbk in d/w; Vg/Vg; 1st edition; small brown mark on half title page; slight creasing to d/w; Bookseller Inventory # 94184
Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0195581466 UK BASED SELLER SHIPS DAILY ALL OVERSEAS VIA AIRMAIL EX LIBRARY BOOK USUAL STAMPS TEXT NOT AFFECTED. Bookseller Inventory # GGG0012416
Book Description Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1986. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Michael is one of the survivors of a nuclear disaster. He and companions have settled on the shores of the big lake (Taupo). This is this author's first novel. dj (unclipped) has one repaired tear at base of spine, traces of dried adhesive on flyleaf with marks showing through to next page, light foredge foxing, else vg. 8vo, 160pp. Bookseller Inventory # 05K525