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The Deserter (The Bone World Trilogy #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  185 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
To save his tribe, the cannibal Stopmouth must abandon it. Leaving the stone-age world of the Surface behind, he travels to the Roof, the mysterious hi-tech world suspended above. But the Roof has its own problems. The nanotechnology that controls it is collapsing. And now a rebellion against the ruling Commission is about to erupt.

Hunted by the Commission's nano-enhanced
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by David Fickling Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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May 21, 2011 Ove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going to the Roof to save his love

I became interested in this book when I researched new science fiction and fantasy releases for May and came across The Deserter book two of The Bone World Trilogy. The blurb sounded good and I like this kind of stories about segregated societies kept in the dark by technologically superior conspirators and how one of the deceived finally starts to learn the truth. I immediately bought The Inferior and you can read my review here. This is my review of the Desert
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Stopmouth is back and is in dire need of answers. His goal? To save his tribe, and to find his wife who has gone missing. In order to do that, he must head to the Roof. While there, he finds a boy and an old woman and together they journey to places where not only aliens are chained, but humans as well.

Now I haven’t read the first book but I
Not as good as The Inferior. Plot was not original and the ending was obvious pretty early in the book. Still a decent read.
Oct 26, 2016 Ethan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic sequel. This comes back extremely strong from The Inferior and builds on an already interesting world. I look forward to the third book.
Tina (yAdultReview)
Originally published at Nose in a Book

Oh, the cannibalism! The word "flesh" will forever invoke disgust in me, I'm afraid. A line from chapter two goes like this: "Sweet, milky flesh that tasted so much better raw" (p. 27). Oh god, ew. I'm a vegetarian, so maybe I'm even more sensitive than your average omnivore, but I felt so sick after reading that! Raw and milky are not the right descriptors if you're trying to entice me, just saying. At one point, the phrase "tasty gore" is used and I litera
I was immediately drawn to this story when I read the synopsis, but it took me sitting down with it in my hands to figure out why. THE DESERTER is the sequel to THE INFERIOR, which I reviewed on the blog in 2009. Apparently the series is called The Bone World Trilogy. Unfortunately, it is necessary for you to read THE INFERIOR before this one in order to understand what is going on in the story. There is hardly any backstory explained. This jumps right in where the last one left off (just a few ...more
Fans of the old-school sf writers (well Peadar admitted to being a fan of some anyways and it shows here) rejoice - The Deserter is no less than a certified homage to old school space opera. I enjoy the fact that the first book was fantasy through-and-through and the second one is a pure space adventure. Since I haven't read so much of the old stuff I can't comment how many ideas he's borrowed, but I really enjoyed the concept of the Roof (as a concept and as a living environment), nano-tech, Cr ...more
Lisa Miller Chandler
THIS paper back & book 1 will be given away from me
As part of my Blog GIVEAWAY / blog hop

Description of book #2 / THE DESERTER. (Book 1 will
Also be given away to the same winner)

The humans are weak and vulnerable. Soon the beasts that share their stone-age world will kill and eat them. To save his tribe, Stopmouth must make his way to the Roof, the mysterious hi-tech world above the surface.

But the Roof has its own problems. The nano technology that controls everything from the environment t
Marybeth (Manhattan Reader)
Mar 12, 2012 Marybeth (Manhattan Reader) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This is the second book that I have read that is the second in the series. I should really pay attention to what I request before I request it, but either way this book did in some ways make sense.

I'm not going to lie, I highly recommend reading the first book, which I wish I did. But after a while the reader can keep up with who is who and the main drama surrounding the novel, which I think worked well for Guilin. Even if someone doesn't read the first book, they at least won't be completely lo
I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review. Creatures are slowly wiping out what is left of mankind on the surface. The Roof may be their only hope for survival so Stopmouth decides to go there to find answers and his missing wife Indrani. When he gets there he soon finds out that he and what is left of mankind are the people of The Roof's entertainment. Those people spend all day watching their actions on the surface. The people of The Roof have their own problems as the nanos tha ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I didn't particularly like The Inferior; although it was well done, I just had trouble relating to or getting into something so wildly different. My experience with The Deserter was better, probably largely due to the fact that I knew what to expect. Now, when I say better, I don't mean that I loved it or even really liked it, but I did enjoy the experience more.

Ó Guilín deserves some serious praise, and I would like to start with that. Although I have not gotten into this series, his worldbuild
Feb 29, 2012 Kale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stopmouth is on a quest to find Indrani and save his people. To do so he'll have to journey from the stark desolate primitive landscapes of the Surface and enter the overly saturated stimulation of the Roof. But nothing in either world goes unnoticed by the Commission. They're tracking Stopmouth and hunting Indrani amidst mounting tensions over the decaying state of living conditions. Together they'll find the key that holds the fate of the Roof's rulers in their hands. The Commission will stop ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Bishop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this novel i really did enjoy it. The book kept you wanting to read and keep you on your toes throw the entire book the book test people loyalty and peoples self well to go such a rough time. The book is about a very brave man name StopMouth and the world is just a mess and StopMouth village is under acttack some man ran and fled but StopMouth stayed and stood up for what was right. a whole lot is going on there beast and other stuff trying to kill his people but through it all StopMouth figh ...more
Katrina Patton
I got this book as part of Goodreads First Reads so thank you for the free book!

When I registered to get the book, I hadn't known it was a sequel and I considered reading this without reading the first one but I'm glad I didn't do that. I don't think this one would have made any sense on its own.

The writing style still leaves a lot to the imagination at times and some readers might find this lack of clear description frustrating. As in the first book, it was hard to really picture what things
Oct 08, 2011 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Inferior", the first book in the series, was an entertaining book with an original and memorable premise. The sequel soon leaves behind the setting of the first book with its cannibal tribesmen and variety of carnivorous aliens as the protagonist Stopmouth travels to the highly-advanced society of The Roof - a once-utopian civilisation now becoming increasingly dystopian. Although this is a more traditional SF setting, the book continues to feel original perhaps due to the contrast between ...more
May 04, 2012 Autumn added it
This book is a sequel to the book, The Inferior. I, however, did not become aware of this fact until about 200 pages in, when I looked up at my friend Sam and said, "You know, you really have to hit the ground running with this book. In fact, it reads just exactly like it's the sequel of a whole other book." Then I got this kind of prickling feeling in my stomach, and muttered, "Please, god, no." A quick web search confirmed that this was the case. You know, fantasy/sci-fi novels should be clear ...more
May 29, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it
Stopmouth is a great example of a character, ripped from his home and comfort zone and thrown into a situation totally foreign and forced to survive day to day with little to no knowledge of how to accomplish this impossible feat. I find this theme to be very enjoyable and Ó Guilín does an excellent job keeping the tension high throughout the story and continuously finding new ways to turn Stopmouth's world upside down. I wasn't immediately pleased to see the narration split between Stopmouth an ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya_scifi
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Thoroughly enjoyable sequel to the rather scary graphic The Inferior. Must admit, I prefer Stopmouth's adventures on the Surface better than on the Roof, if only because I find the world building off this Roof rather odd, especially in relation to the Surface. I've found it best not to think too much on that though and just to enjoy the book.
I'm looking forward to reading the third in the trilogy now, especially as I just found out it was only released this year. Figured I'd have to wait for a
Elizabeth B
Aug 09, 2011 Elizabeth B rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea this was a sequel and felt completely lost. Unlike many sequels that can stand alone, this one clearly cannot. There was nothing to indicate this was a sequel and only learned that fact by coming to goodreads. Poor, poor marketing in that regard: the followers of the series may not find it and those who stumble on it will be irritated (or completely lost as I was). I floundered for the first quarter of the book before finally just giving up. Perhaps after I’ve had a chance to read ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So having read the first book of the trilogy some time ago, I had to re-read the first book so that every detail was fresh in my mind. I will now go on to read the third book, so it is safe to say that I am really enjoying these books. The story is well paced, actually the pace is fairly unrelenting in this one. You really do care about the central characters and their fate. The themes of environmental destruction are well drawn. My only, tiny criticism would be that the central characters face ...more
Tara Hall
Oct 07, 2011 Tara Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens, boys
A delightful sequel to The Inferior! Stopmouth continues to be endearing and admirable as he makes his way through the different, but equally savage, land of the Roof.

The themes of racism, overcoming adversity, and true justice are carried through beautifully. It crosses genres without missing a beat, one part fantasy, one part scifi, one part dystopian. It is in every way a worthy successor to the first book.
Jul 09, 2016 Nella rated it it was amazing
I liked the first book, but this one simply left me speechless. Why doesn't more people know about this incredible series? You should all reconsider your life choices (seriously, go read it)(unless you have a problem with death and cannibalism)(then probably don't)(I guess that explains why no one read it)(huh)

Full review in Swedish here
Jer Hogan
Mar 14, 2013 Jer Hogan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maya RR
Jun 12, 2016 Maya RR rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting idea, but badly pieced together and not very well written. Although part of this might come from me having started the second book in the series, I think that generally you should be able to enjoy a series starting anywhere and I didn't.

I think that had this story been written better and more thoughtfully, it could have been amazing but it wasn't. All in all, I was disappointed by this book and will not continue with the series.
Dec 17, 2012 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I really liked the start of the book, but by the time Stopmouth finally caught up to Indrani, I had lost interest in the story and the characters. It was okay, but really not great. Sometimes the cannibalism bits get overly gross, too. Only read this one if you have previously read The Inferior, or you will be thoroughly confused.
Apr 03, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
Reading this almost makes me want to be a vegetarian. Almost.

I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy, but this was unique, in a good way. It's very original. And in YA that can be hard to find. The one thing I did not like was that you could not tell it was a sequel. It should say on the book that it's book two in The Bone World Trilogy.
But over all I enjoyed it.
Vikki Patis
Mar 05, 2013 Vikki Patis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel, but I have to admit that I preferred the first book. I thought The Deserter was very well-written, like The Inferior, and the plot was fast-paced and exciting. Maybe it was a bit too science fiction-y for me, but that's a personal thing and nevertheless I still really liked this book. Looking forward to the next one!
Almost as good as the first. Almost.

It's just so complex and great and the characters are great and really well developed... even though Hiresh really put me on an emotional roller coaster.
Just.... just..... see the review I wrote for the first book and you'll understand. After you read my review READ THIS SERIES
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