12 September, 2011

Terry Pratchett Month: Book Review: Nation

Title: Nation
Author: Terry Pratchett
Genre: Young Adult

Published: 2008
Page Count: 367
Cover Rating:
 3.5 out of 5. It's not a bad cover. I just don't think it really captures the feel of the book. This one, with the blue theme, is much better.
Rating: 4.2 out of 5

Summary (from Goodreads):

Thirteen-year-old Mau has almost completed the initiation rite of his Pacific island culture. Only one part of the ritual remains, but Mau worries that he will never be able to complete it. A devastating tsunami has wiped out his entire island, leaving only Mau and the British governor's daughters as survivors. Of course, what follows is far more poignant than any quiet South Pacific ceremony.

My Thoughts: This is the only Young Adult Terry Pratchett book I've read. It was, in fact, the first Terry Pratchett book I read, and I'm glad I did, not just because it led me to tracking down his Adult Discworld books. The two main characters, Mau and Daphne--whose given name is Ermintrude--are excellent. As with all of his books, Nation is laced with humor and reality, with a great plot and what I thought was exactly the right ending; even though it was sad.

Other: Other than a few references, there's nothing I can recall.

Verdict: Nation is not my all-time favorite Terry Pratchett book, but it is a highly enjoyable YA novel. Definitely recommended.

Other Terry Pratchett Month Posts:

Discussion Post: On Humorous and Parodic Stories


Yes, I know. I have gone off track from the Terry Pratchett Month schedule I set up, but I realized only a few days ago the review would have fallen on 9/11, and I wanted to have only a tribute post on the anniversary.

Also, I mentioned I would be posting a movie review of The Color of Magic this week, but the holds from the library did not come in on the expected Saturday, hence no movie.

In addition, Talli Roland's book birthday is this Wednesday, on another book review date, so I think I might move the review to Friday, just so I'm not posting twice in one day again as I ended up doing for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group.

Plus, because of said holds, I do not have the novel I was hoping to be in the midst of reading.

This was all because of a lack of depth of planning.

Me: fail.

Just wanted to let you bloggers know I shall do my best to keep up with the schedule from now on. Library holds permitting and all.

-----The Golden Eagle


Michael Offutt said...

Terry Pratchett has alzheimers. He won't be with us much longer I think.

Christine Rains said...

Nation is one of my favorites too. Oh, I didn't know that about Pratchett, Michael. That's so sad. He's given us one of the most imaginative worlds in fiction.

Old Kitty said...

I loved, loved, loved this book! Loved it to bits n pieces! I thought Mau and Daphne were truly beautiful characters and wished to all heavens they'd end up together - their chemistry was just spot on and the politics of the story was most powerful! Much as I adore Tiffany Aching novels (his other series aimes at YA market) I think the Nation is far superior with more depth.

Take care

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Even your failed plans are better organized than my plans. I never read Terry's YA books.

Laila Knight said...

I haven't read it but it sounds like an interesting book. I have to say that at first glance the cover reminds me of Jungle Book. :) And I'm not up for sad endings but always enjoy a good YA.

Sarah McCabe said...

This is one I haven't read yet. But it sounds very interesting. Thanks for the recommendation!

Sarah Pearson said...

I haven't read anything of Pratchett's for some years now. This one interests me, it sounds a bit different from the books I know by him.

Plans are made to be rearranged, it just makes you adaptable and spontaneous :-)

Emily Rose said...

I like the blue cover much better too. This sounds like a very interesting story...must check it out!

Charles Gramlich said...

Really interesting cover. Intriguing

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Golden,

Thanks for the review.

As for keeping up with everything. None of us are Superman or Wonder Woman. When we are the mercy of other situations that are out of our control we have to roll with the punches and hope for the best. Don't let it get to you.

Your blog is amazing and we all appreciate the time and effort you put into it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You didn't fail! Trust me, it's easy to get overwhelmed by huge ambitions.

Alleged Author said...

I totally agree that the cover doesn't live up to the content!

Brian said...

Thanks for the review and recommendation, I had not heard of him. Have a great week!

C D Meetens said...

I never knew he wrote anything like this. It sounds intriguing. I might have to look it out at the library. Thanks for the review.

Susan Kane said...

Another trip to Barnes and Noble! This book sounds great, and I look forward to this culture's challenges.

Oh, by the way...I have tagged you. Please go to my site to see what is being asked. I look forward to the 10 random things about yourself you will reveal!

julie fedderson said...

Had no idea Pratchett did YA! This sounds like a great story, thank for posting it.

Theres just life said...

Don't be so hard on yourself. Life has away of getting in the way of our best laid plans. And if a hold doesn't come in; it is not your fault.
Hmm, looks like I missing out, on some good reads. Got to go check out my library too.

Pamela Jo

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. I just added this to my wish list.

Have a great week.

Rachel Morgan said...

When I think Terry Pratchett I think Discworld. I didn't actually know he wrote other books!

BornStoryteller said...

OK...if you haven't read the Tiffany Aching & Wee Men books , you don't know what you are missing. These YA books are just plain FUN. The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight are the books, and IMO, well worth reading on their own.

Thanks for doing this at all, GE. Please don't beat yourself up about a missing schedule: so not necessary. You do this as you can, let things happen as they happen, plan the best you can, and libraries will do as they will. We appreciate this, so...Applause and applesauce to you!!!

....Petty Witter said...

A book people seem to either love or hate - I know it's husband dearest's least favourite TP book.

Deborah Walker said...

We get the best covers in the UK. *laughs* That one must be more suited to some marketeer's idea of American taste, I guess. I'm not a huge fan of YA, but he never disappoints.

Talli Roland said...

I've never heard of this book, but it does sound interesting. Thanks for the review!

Crystal Collier said...

Lol. Tell me about the library holds! I've had to open an account in another city to get my books on time--and the selection I need. Yikes! I might have to check this one out.

The Golden Eagle said...

Michael: I'd heard that before. It's so sad.

Christine: Definitely.

Old Kitty: I hoped they would, too. I haven't read any of the Tiffany Aching novels yet--though I plan to review on for September. :)

Susan: I've only read this one.

Laila: It is! :)

It does look like the Jungle Book, doesn't it? The contents, on the other hand, are rather different.

Sarah: You're welcome! :)

Sarah: It is a different kind of work; it's still humorous, but it isn't Fantasy, and the characters are different.

LOL. I suppose--I just don't like saying I'll do something and then changing it. :P

Emily: It's a really good book! :)

Charles: Both covers (the blue and the one in the post) have a unique style.

Michael: You're welcome!

Whenever I set schedules I know I get a little tense about sticking to them; I always have to tell myself to relax a bit.

Thank you. :)

Alex: Which makes it even more amazing that you manage to keep up with everything! The IWSG, blogfests, movies, regular posts . . .

Alleged Author: I wonder why they did it that way.

Brian: You're very welcome!

You too. :)

C D: You're welcome! Hope you enjoy it, if you do read it.

Susan: That's one of the more interesting aspects to the novel; the fact it's cross-cultural.

Thank you for tagging me! :) I love doing tags.

Julie: Yup, he does. :)

You're welcome!

Pamela: No . . . but I still don't like missing dates. :P

If you read Nation, I hope you like it!

Medeia: You're welcome! :)


Rachel: It's funny--I read a lot of mentions about his Adult series, when I started out by picking up one of his few YA books. :P

Stuart: No, not yet; I plan to read one of his Tiffany Aching books for September, though. Look for a review of it. :)

You're very welcome--it's a lot of fun, exploring the world of Terry Pratchett!

Thank you! :D

Tracy: I really liked it; but it is different from his other works, so I suppose it just appeals to a different audience.

Deborah: LOL. Yeah, you do. We're deprived here in the USA. ;)

Talli: You're welcome!

Crystal: That sounds like a major hassle! The van that delivers books here just came a lot later than I'd expected.

Now Serving said...

Hi there, I have nver read Pratchett's novels but I know my niece is addicted to them and has introduced them to my son :)

Michelle Merrill said...

Thanks for the review! I love how you break it down. Sounds like I need to read it :)

linda said...

It's so cool that you're doing Terry Pratchett month! I always heard lots of great things about the Discworld series but was intimidated by how many books there are. I did read Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic and thought they were ok but not awesome. The Tiffany Aching books are great, though! Looking forward to seeing more of your reviews. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Now Serving: Hello! :) Welcome to The Eagle's Aerial Perspective.

You should try one of his books sometime; they're quite good!

Michelle: You're welcome! :)

Linda: Co-hosted by Deepali at Evolving Books. :)

I'm planning to read one of the Tiffany Aching books for this month--I've heard a lot of good things about them!