Reviews for Nation


AudioFile Reviews 2008 December/January 2009
After a giant wave has hit his home island, Mau returns from the rituals for transitioning from a boy to a man to find that everyone has been washed away. Along comes Daphne, who was washed ashore after the ship on which she was traveling was caught in the same wave. Narrator Stephen Briggs deftly acts as guide as the building of a new nation begins in a time like the nineteenth century in a place like those on the edges of the British Empire. Briggs adopts a tone of fun without resorting to outrageous hilarity and thus preserves the satire, and the overall sweetness, of the story. He preserves the proper British manners of Daphne's father, who has now become king and whose position allows him to finally put his mother in her place. J.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #4
Pratchett fans may at first be dismayed to find there are no tiny blue men in this non-Discworld book set in an alternate (but familiar) universe, but listeners will quickly succumb to Nation's magic. Two distinctly different young people -- Mau, an island boy; and Daphne, unknowing heir to the British throne -- are thrown together as the result of a devastating tsunami. Mau must come to terms with the fact that his whole village is gone, while proper Daphne learns to live in a manner completely foreign to her. There is plenty of energy and emotion in this coming-of-age story, and Briggs masterfully employs inflection and pacing to reveal the story's richness and humor. As Mau and Daphne rebuild the Nation, Briggs builds a narrative environment well-suited to the tale, meshing his style with Pratchett's for a winning result. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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