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Nation by Terry Pratchett
Cover Artist: Bill Mayer
Review by Paul Haggerty
HarperCollins Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061433016
Date: 01 October 2008 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Mau was a boy, sent to the Boy's Island to prove himself worthy before returning to the Gods Island where he would be inducted as a man of the Nation. But while he was somewhere on the seas, between childhood and manhood, the Nation was swept away by a great wave. His boyhood was left behind, but the rites of manhood were not performed, leaving him trapped somewhere in between.

Daphne Fanshaw was being sent to join her father in a place of safety when her ship was caught by the wave and deposited far ashore on the God's Island. As a proper young lady, her knowledge of survival on tropical islands is a bit limited. Fortunately, her manners are impeccable.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne—a girl from the other side of the globe—is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.

Together the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive: children without parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives—all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down. . . .

Internationally revered storyteller Terry Pratchett presents a breathtaking adventure of survival and discovery, and of the courage required to forge new beliefs.

(Source: HarperCollins)

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