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Elegy Beach (Change #2)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  419 ratings  ·  64 reviews
A publishing event twenty-five years in the making: the long awaited sequel to the unforgettable post-apocalyptic fantasy, Ariel.

Thirty years ago the lights went out, the airplanes fell, the cars went still, the cities all went dark. The laws humanity had always known were replaced by new laws that could only be called magic. The world has changed forever. Or has it?

Hardcover, 375 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Ace Hardcover (first published October 13th 2009)
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N.K. Jemisin
Magnificent and worthy sequel to Boyett's cult classic Ariel. Boyett's grown as an author in the time since, and he tries some experimental things here that I don't always like, but which effectively convey how much the world has been transformed by the Change. I love the tension between the children of the Change and those of the old world, and wish Fred (the protagonist) had fought harder to show his father that the new world was pretty kickass too. Most interesting scene, IMO, was the magical ...more
Dec 09, 2010 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Urban fantasists, and fantastic urbanists
Recommended to Alan by: Ariel
You don't need to have read Ariel first, not really; this is a sequel of sorts, but it's also a standalone novel (and one that happens to contain a quick synopsis of Ariel tucked away inside to boot). But I'd still recommend seeking out Boyett's first stab at the world of the Change anyway.

Elegy Beach is rightly named, though that fact doesn't really become apparent until later in the book. To start with, Fred is just a young apprentice in the sleepy Southern California coastal town of Del Mar,
Fred has grown up in a post-Change world. Magic has become a new tool for protection as well as for trinkets - but no one really understands the way it works. It's all part of the trading world that has become the commerce industry. He is 17 and apprenticed out to the resident caster, but he feels as though he has more talent than PayPay is allowing him to use. His best friend, Yan, is learning casting from Fred, but they're also going further and faster than PayPay would have allowed. They have ...more
First, in terms of style, this book was a little disappointing. I understand it's a first-person account from a 17 year old, but some of the dialogue was just so horrible! And there were some confusing parts. Perhaps they were supposed to be ambiguous because our narrator is not fully matured yet or whatever, but it was weird. As a reader, I just found those moments a little bit discordant.

Second, the content was actually pretty good. It was an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world, where
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Aaron Delay
The sequels are never as good as the original. In the case of "Elegy Beach", I'm tempted to make an exception. It has the punch of the original (familiar characters return) with a new cast of magicians and nefarious gangsters of the Rasputin kind. There are some great moments in this book that when you reach them it's like a old friend stopping in for a chat over tea. Much of this tome feels like that and it's a welcome feeling.

The are moments of friendship rekindled, fears reborn and ultimately
It was a page-turner, and the world was better thought-out and/or described than it was in "Ariel".

There were some authorial mannerisms, though, that started annoying me early on and got increasingly irritating as they went on and on and on. The worst was the lack of question marks after most questions, both in dialog and in interior monologue. Did he think this was a clever trick when used over and over and over again. Did he think it added to the uniqueness of the voices when pretty much every
William L
The name of the book I’m reading is “Elegy Beach Part 2” by Steven R. Boyett. Steven lives in California and has been a writing teacher, editor, martial-arts instructor, and professional paper marbler and even wrote the draft for toy story 2.
The book is about a world with no more technology or former physical laws it had before allowing fairytale creatures to exist. There is a 20 year old young man named Fred who is a caster, giving him the abilities to do magic and make spells. He has left his
I usually do not write reviews. The author's writing style is pretty atrocious. No commas where they should be and a lack of subject in a sentence that creates sentence fragment riddle the novel. The style reminds me of my middle school students' writing.

It would have been more bearable had the author not used such impressive words to describe characters and settings. As it stands, the style is meant to reflect the main character, but it comes off sloppy, as if the author or editor thought it wa
I cried so many tears in the last 50 or so pages of this book, its amazing I didn't pass out from dehydration. A worthy sequel to one of my favorite books of all time.
This book took me quite awhile to get into. First off, it was only available in hardback from the library and ebooks are much easier for me to read physically. Then at first Fred sounded too much like Pete. It sat on my headboard for almost two months before I finally got around to reading it. The fact that I had used up all my "renews" and it was due in a week had a lot to do with it. Well, once the books starts to move and get going I liked it. It is much better then Ariel, written by a much y ...more
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Lori Schiele
This book was fabulous! Thirty years previous, The Change had mysteriously occurred, leaving the world without any source of electricity or technology of any kind. In exchange, magick abounded and people became sorcerers and potion-makers, trading their wares because money no longer had value.
Now, one young spell-caster has gone "rogue", trying to return the world to the way it was before The Change and his best friend (and fellow spell-caster)sets out to find, and stop, me if he can. He is jo
Oct 30, 2010 Саведра rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Ariel
Recommended to Саведра by: Boing Boing
Shelves: fantasy
Not as good as Ariel, but I still enjoyed it because it was a sequel to a book I really, really liked. It felt a lot like fan service to me, but if it's fan service for something I'm a big fan of, that's not really a bad thing in my particular case.

The villain's motivations seemed kind of glossed over to me. It felt like, BOOM, now he's suddenly evil, for reasons I far from fully understood. But then there were people/centaurs getting killed with swords and stabbed with javelins and stuff, and I
I have mixed feelings about this one.

On its own, "Elegy Beach" is a classic coming-of-age story set in a world that is familiar and strange, all at the same time. There is an interesting exploration of "magic as the new science", and while some of the plot is predictable (see "classic"), the characters are whole enough to keep you interested.

As a follow-up to "Ariel", I was bothered by the inconsistencies in the world. "Ariel" was written at a particular time, and froze the modern world in that
Rena McGee
Elegy Beach is the sequel to Ariel: A Book of the Change, and you might call it “Ariel, the Next Generation,” except it isn’t quite like that at all. Yes, the protagonist is the son of Pete Garey, the protagonist (and not quite hero) of Ariel, but the writer takes his own sweet time getting around to admitting that yes, Pete went and had a mini-me.
The main plot of the story revolves around Fred going on a quest to stop his friend and fellow magic-user Yanamandra Ramchandani from accomplishing hi
Aaron Brown
I'm writing this review after my second reading of Elegy Beach.

Ariel has long been one of my guilty pleasure books. I reread it with relative frequency. Each time, I allow my love for the characters to carry me past the maddening inconsistencies in Boyett's world of the Change, and the holes in the plot, and the large suspensions of disbelief it requires.

Boyett tries to pull off the same magic again with some interesting thought exercises and some pretty good 'what ifs'. The book is decent but
Elegy Beach[return]Steven R. Boyett[return]Ace Hardcover (2009), First Edition Hardcover, 384 pages[return][return]**Want Spoilers??** None here today.[return][return]Nearly 30 years after the release of Ariel, the “never say never” sequel, Elegy Beach, was released. Set in contemporary time – 30 years after The Change – it chronicles the coming of age of the first generation who have never known anything but the ‘New Rules’. They have always lived in an environment of clean air and water, in a ...more
Love, Love, Love this book! As a companion book to Ariel, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was hoping that I would see the main characters from Ariel in here. (Let’s just say that it turned out I was pleased but sad at the same time.)


If you read any further you may read some things that give away the plot so, stop reading!

The world is in chaos. Technology doesn’t work. Magic is REAL. Unicorns exist and as it turns out they can be what changes the world forever. By using the unicorns hor
It was heartbreaking and it was tragic but who here thinks that losing virginity isn't pretty much inevitable. That's what makes tragedy Doc. Inevitability. No use crying over spilled et cetera. Look at our little hajj here. You think we aren't acting out a tragedy?

Elegy Beach is the never-intended sequel to Ariel. If Ariel is a young man's ode to the end of adolescence written when he was barely out of his own, with all of the shortsightedness and self-centeredness that implies (which I argue i
Just started reading this book, and thus I am unimpressed. It reads like a bad sequel pumped out by big biz production houses to squeeze money from the fan base. The kind of thing one expects from Hollywood.

Somehow after the showdown in New York Pete Garey finds himself on the west coast, sans Shaughnessy, at the start of this story. 27 years has passed, he and Shaughnessy traveled west started a farm where she had died from a disease she had caught from her son. After her death Pete uproots and
Why I Read this Book: I loved (and still love) Steven R. Boyett's The Architect of Sleep , and really liked Ariel , so I was very interested in this book. I hadn't planning on reading it immediately (or buying the hardcover) ... until I read the ebook free samples—and got hooked. I decided to buy it at the local Barnes & Noble the next day (along with the Ariel paperback reissue to vet my multiformat ebook against).

To use the terminology of the Goodreads rating scale, it was amazing ... unti
Question: What do I think?

I think he is brilliant. Not only did he make the world of Ariel alive again he made it sing. I was so surprised how easy it was to fall back into that world that I lost time listening to it. (Audiobook rule!) I did have a problem with some of it because it was not consistent with the first book, but that did not take away from the grand plans of the story. I wish he could create more stories from this world follow a different family. I would love to see other creature
I'm glad he wrote the sequel, even tho he never intended to. And writing a sequel nearly 30 years later- literally, not just in the timeline of the story- has got to be difficult.

I made some wry remarks about some of the tech mentioned in this book that didn't exist back when Ariel was created, but he addresses that in his afterward. Can't say I totally agree, but then, it's not my story!

I'm a little saddened by the end, both for what happens to characters, and that it's THE END of this particu
I really, really, really wanted to like this book more than I did. Twenty-five years between the original and the sequel did NOT help in any way. Minor annoyances: the appearance of ipods and other recent gadgets not around in the first book. I can't remember, did the Change happen in the future back then? no difference, it was annoying. Would it have been so bad to have Pete find a cassette recorder? or a disc-man? Also, the didgeridoo. I agree with the other reviewer who said it felt tacked-on ...more
John Hendricks
Boyett wrote the book Ariel back in the 80's...a cult novel of some consequence in the post-Apocolyptic genre. These days, S.M. Stirling writes books in the same vein, but Boyett's Elegy Beach, his unintended sequel to Ariel, blows away Stirling and all other books of that type. Set in the near future where something has happened in the world and all the power's out, Boyett's characters, settings, and plot dwarf the competition. The dialogue, snappy like latter day Heinlein without the repetitio ...more
The book was well-written but overall not my style. I felt it lacked maybe a cohesion or some continuity. Some characters came in, and I'm not quite sure that they had any impact on the story. Other characters were left largely unmentioned in throughout most of the text, only reappearing at the end, so it wasn't unified in that sense. I also just kept wondering why? Why does this work but that doesn't? What brought about the Change? It was presented that none of the characters could really answe ...more
Elegy Beach is the long awaited sequel to a beloved favorite.

That is a tough roll to fill, and while I do have a few minor qualms, and I am not the same person who read Ariel: A book of the Change, many many years ago I did enjoy revisiting familiar characters, I was relieved to discover not only had I changed, so had the characters, time had not left them isolated in the pages of a book, they were older as well, more experienced, changed, yet recognizably familiar.

without giving away any story

Should probably get a little higher, but it just didn't grab me enough. Interesting enough story, enjoyed the different writing style.
Jodi Davis
I wrote an email to Steven Boyett many years ago telling him how much Ariel (the book) meant to me, and he wrote me back - and he was so supportive and wonderful and he was already a big favorite - so... Elegy Beach is - a wonderful book to start with - but added to that is the bonus that I get to be with Pete and Ariel again. And, ohmygosh did I miss them! More when I finish!

OK - I can't talk about it all yet - but I think this might be a perfect sequel - so I loved it.
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Steven R. Boyett lives in Southern California and wouldn't have it any other way. Steve has been a writing teacher, editor, martial-arts instructor, and professional paper marbler, among other things. He is too modest to admit it, but he plays a mean digeridoo. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and he has also written comic books and a draft of the movie Toy St ...more
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