I just finished reading Nation by Terry Pratchett and loved it.
This is unlike any other book I’ve read and very different from Pratchett’s Discworld series books. There is still a bit of his wonderful humor in this book which I was happy to see.
I’m not sure why this is classified as a YA book except that the main character is a teen but this is not a book about teens. It’s a book about people and how they interact with the world they live in and each other. And it’s a book about people looking closely inside themselves without being heavy or preachy.
The story is about Mau, the main character, who survives when a giant wave washes away his village and his people; and about Daphne, a girl who lands on Mau’s island when her ship is swept there.
There are untidy grandfather birds that are native to the island and a parrot that survived the shipwreck. There are voices of ancestors and there are other people who begin to trickle onto the island. There are cannibals, royalty and sharks. This is a colorful, wonderful world that I didn’t want to leave.
I don’t want to give away any of the story but I definitely recommend it to everyone.