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Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
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Apr 30, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, teenbooks
Read on April 30, 2012

I really enjoyed this engaging fantasy, the first book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles. The series has a post apocalyptic setting and depicts a world long after its destruction by a global nuclear holocaust.

The narrator, Elspeth Gordie, is a young girl with mental powers caused by mutation. There are others with various mental powers in this society, known as Misfits. They are condemned by the governing authority known as the Council, and the religious authority, the Herder Faction. Elspeth tries to hide her abilities, but is discovered and sent to a work farm for Misfits. While she is there, she learns that there are rebellious factions attempting to overthrow the cruel masters of the farm, who use medical torture to try to learn the whereabouts of the old weapons used by the old civilization that destroyed itself.

This fantasy had great characters and the world building was first-rate. The novel deals with themes of responsibility, duty, prejudice, discrimination, tolerance, and human and animal rights.

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