- Tapa blanda: 232 páginas
- Editor: Inkwater Press (21 de octubre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1629013021
- ISBN-13: 978-1629013022
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The Thousand Years Ghost (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 21 oct 2015
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Hickory knows there are secrets below his feet, hidden in the thick layers of dirt that cover the ancient world of Before. However, while no one is allowed to dig and find out what the past is hiding, Hickory Stevens innocently stumbles into the cave of the Eidolon, who lived one thousand years earlier in the very world forbidden to him. She tells him about the artifacts he secretly pulls out of the dirt and lends glimpses into the life of Hickory's ancestors, who mysteriously unleashed destruction and obliterated their future. Hickory's world changes as secrets can't keep from being unleashed on the town of Portla, and his future is uncertain when his father blatantly disobeys the town laws and the stalwart order of the Baltimorians, showing Portla what Before's forbidden information has to offer their sheltered lives. Wanting to show his father that he can find secrets too, Hickory, together with his friends, starts an adventure of discovery riddled with surprises, dangers, and the need to make choices that will change Hickory's life forever.
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Hickory is our main character and is just a youngster really. He goes to school, hangs out with his friends and such a person is of limited interest to us adult readers as a general rule. So what made Hickory such fun to read? His world and the way he lives in it, of course!
In the world Hickory lives in, a long distant future version of our own, things are not at all what most of us hope the future world of our descendants will be like. Instead of glittering cities in the sky with a perfect natural world below (or whatever we might wish for) the world is a primitive place, devoid of technology and actively seeking *not* to learn what we once took for granted. The only link they really have from the city of Porta to the long past is a single half burned journal written by a man who angrily blamed technology for the straits he found himself in at the end of the world.
Hickory, however, is just like his father in some ways. Intensely curious, not nearly respectful enough of the rules against digging for the past and with a thirst to connect with the world around him no matter how strange. This can only lead to trouble...or maybe just change...or maybe troubling changes. Actually, it is all three.
I really enjoyed this book and was entranced by the world the author constructed so painstakingly for us. In some ways it reminded me of the first Harry Potter books, before each volume became a way to churn out another 50 million bucks, when it was a charming tale full of dark and light elements and almost like a long tale spun for the longest bedtime story in history. It has that same flavor, so to speak, and that same knack for inserting surprising new elements that pop up and tweak the story just so.
I'm loathe to delve too deeply in many of the elements I liked best because it gives away some of those tweaks and it would diminish the pleasure of future readers. So I'll touch on those elements lightly. Mystical elements do appear in the story such as ghosts, even more in the next book, but not in a way that I could entirely be sure were mystical. Technology advanced enough from a viewer's perspective is often labeled magic and I wasn't sure we weren't being led down this road. I won't reveal that, but I will say that the ghost added a wonderful element to the story that is only enhanced further in the next book and leads to some interesting revelations.
Hickory and his interactions with those around him are not quite those of a typical younger teen so we adults reading it aren't completely alienated but we are at times somewhat distant from the adult actions that might be more approachable to us. It is a refreshing point of view however and will bring more than one smile to parents of teens while reading.
I've read the follow on and yes, while I do think it is not perfectly edited, it is a great story and well worth the reading. It's got huge potential as far as the world building and characters go and I hope the author will continue the series and expand it.
The story focuses on a boy and his small community, and their divided opinion on the value or danger of history. The catastrophe that devastated the world is attributed to mankind's own misdeeds, so many are concerned that reclaiming knowledge of the past may doom them to repeat it. The protagonist and his father act in their belief that the benefits likely outweigh the dangers, though they seem hesitant to upset the status quo.
Along the way are some ambiguously supernatural elements that add to the mystery of all that came before.
This story is clearly an introductory tale, the author hinting at a larger world and many secrets awaiting discovery. Already, Grimm's sequel, Eidolon: Trees of Change, is available for Kindle, print soon to follow. A book geared toward teens, most of the tale is from a young person's perspective, the downside of that being that some of the more interesting events enacted by adult characters are presented second-hand or from a distance. Hopefully, the young people will take a more prominent role in the central action of the subsequent story line.
This story draws the reader in and makes him think. I appreciated the way that not all of the information is handed to the reader right away...even at the end of the book, there are still questions that keep us interested. The writer has done a skillful job of creating a world that is our own, and yet is also a little alien, or seen through unfamiliar eyes.
I have a special fondness for the names used in the book. Some of them are drawn from nature (Fern, Hickory), while others are names of items (Cassette, Trinket) and still others are brand names that take on a new beauty when used in this strange context (Pentel, Dremel).
Another favourite element was that of Pestle, the old wise woman or "lamia" who lives in the woods with her raven Jupiter. The boy Hickory and his friend, the girl Abacus, visit her frequently there, and she tells them stories while they help her with chores. There is a respect tinged with fear surrounding her that I really like.
As soon as I am done typing this, I am headed over to purchase the next book in the series!