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In Other Lands Kindle Edition
Georgia Peach Award Nominee • Florida Teens Read Award Nominee • ABC Best Books for Young Readers • Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year • A Junior Library Guild Selection • Hugo & Locus award finalist
In Other Lands is an exhilarating novel from bestselling author Sarah Rees Brennan about surviving four years in the most unusual of schools - friendship, falling in love, diplomacy, and finding your own place in the world — even if it means giving up your phone.
The Borderlands aren’t like anywhere else. Don’t try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border — unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and — best of all as far as Elliot is concerned — mermaids.
"What’s your name?"
"Serena?" Elliot asked.
"Serene," said Serene. "My full name is Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle."
Elliot’s mouth fell open. "That is badass."
Elliot? Who’s Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He’s smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands.
It turns out that on the other side of the wall, classes involve a lot more weaponry and fitness training and fewer mermaids than he expected. On the other hand, there’s Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, an elven warrior who is more beautiful than anyone Elliot has ever seen, and then there’s her human friend Luke: sunny, blond, and annoyingly likeable. There are lots of interesting books. There’s even the chance Elliot might be able to change the world.
About the Author
Matthew Lloyd Davies is a veteran actor, director, and Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator. Highlights of his acting career include regular appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre in the West End, on international tours, and in award-winning television shows and films. He has experience in radio, a master's degree in directing, and extensive experience in presenting at corporate events.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B06W59CR9K
- Publisher : Big Mouth House (17 July 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2234 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 539 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #149,007 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was wrong.
For those who've read TotS and aren't sure about putting down money for IOL - firstly, the author deserves all the money for all her work, okay; and secondly, IOL is much expanded from TotS. I didn't notice anything that had been cut, but there is a ton of wholly new content, and the familiar has been polished until it sparkles. Reading this was a unique joy; the comfort of rereading a beloved favourite, combined with all the excitement of discovering a NEW favourite, embodied in the same book. I can only take my tiara off to Miss Brennan for accomplishing, YET AGAIN, what I thought to be impossible.
For those who are entirely unfamiliar with TotS and IOL - gods, are you in for a treat. Behold Elliott, a viciously sarcastic bisexual pacifist who sets out to dismantle the culture of blood and glory he finds in fantasy-land; this is our protagonist, and he's my joint-favourite of all the characters I've ever read. He is smart and mean and he loves so much; he never stops being cynical, and yet he's absolutely consumed by the wonder of mermaids and harpies and dwarves. He has a sharp tongue - boy does he ever - but he's also heart-breakingly convinced no one will or can ever love him, and following along from his perspective, you really can't blame him.
Luckily, in being inducted into the Border Guard - a mostly-human fantasy military meant to protect the border between our world and fantasy-land, as well as keep the peace among the elves, trolls, and other peoples of the other world - he meets Serene, an elf whose matriarchal culture Brennan uses to deftly and hilariously point out the double-standards and sexism of our own, and Luke, the golden son of one of the greatest warrior clans who is completely baffled by Elliott's continued insistence that violence is unacceptable and glorying war is insane. You wouldn't think it's a friendship that works, but it really does, and the three of them make a fantastic trio as they take on both the hazards of puberty and those of battle side by side.
Sarah Rees Brennan is one of the greatest writers for making me laugh out loud at four in the morning, so it's no surprise that this is an immensely fun and funny book. But it's also a wickedly CLEVER book, deconstructing so many of the fantasy tropes I know I've always taken for granted, quietly making important points about violence and sexism and biphobia, among a host of other things. It's never preachy, but this is very much a book I'd love to make compulsory reading in schools. Or just compulsory reading for everyone, everywhere, really.
I do think fans should read the short story Wings in the Morning, which gives Luke's perspective on the events in the last bit of the book and can be found in the anthology Monstrous Affections. But ultimately, In Other Lands stands perfectly on its own - knowledge of Turn of the Story is completely unnecessary - as a work of fiction as close to flawless as is humanly possible.
So well done, Miss Brennan. I didn't think it was possible, but you've once again outdone yourself - and everyone else, for that matter!
The protagonist makes themselves likeable despite being really objectionable and quite a lot of a smart arse, which makes it fun to find yourself rooting for them. If you've read a lot of portal fantasies then you'll recognise the tropes being called out and the absolute fun times of applying modern sensibilities to high fantasy situations.
Very much enjoyed and really enjoyed the honesty and sensitivity of how the book dealt with its teenage protagonists love lives as well.