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The Pale

(The Chronicles of the Pale #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The Outside can be a dangerous place. 
But so can the inside. 

It’s been years since the original cataclysm, but life has been structured, peaceful, and most of all uneventful in the Pale. The humachine citizens welcome the order provided by their ruler, the baleful Regent. 

However, when one of their own rescues a human boy, Hector, from ravenous ferals on the Outside, th
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Published September 15th 2017 by Odyssey Books
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Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in dystopian post-apocalyptic world. The way author managed to built setting is amazing and everything is very detailed. The plot is complex so the reader has to pay attention. Because of the cataclysm people have to conform with situation and change their lives and themselves. It’s hard to tell which characters are purely good or evil; in this dystopian world there is no white and black situations, all of it is gray.

At first I had a little trouble with reading this book. Maybe
Isobel Blackthorn
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Pale is science fiction set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Amid the destitution of the Broad Plain, the Pale itself is a policosmos, a walled colony ruled by a tyrannical Regent and filled with humachines – machine-augmented humans not known for their empathy. Tad, a humachine that cares a little too much, lets in a human child, Hector, when he arrives at the Pale's gate. Outside, the caninis struggle to survive after a devastating earthquake destroys their habitat. The tribes and the Settl ...more
Veronica Strachan
The Pale is the kind of intelligent speculative fiction read that I love. I highly recommend it.
On the surface it presents as a complete dystopian world, living factions well formed and interacting in the ebb and flow of a great story: humachines, canini, tribes, settlers and more. The world building is detailed and immersive, the language as alternately stark and poetic as the setting.
Then on a deeper level, individual characters emerge to challenge your moral compass, introducing you to a dyst
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Pale centres around the fallout from a cataclysmic earthquake, which affects many different groups in a post-apocalyptic society: settlers, tribes, canini, and the modified humans of the Pale.

The Pale itself is a walled city populated with humachines: humans who have been augmented with technology in order to become more efficient citizens. Genetic breeding is commonplace. Those who are no longer considered worthy of 'upgrades' are 'recycled', and this is considered perfectly normal to the i
Shelley Nolan
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. It had a slower pace than my usual reads and there was some head hopping as it introduced the four distinct sets of people that inhabited the post-apocalyptic world. But as I read on I found myself drawn in to the story more and more while watching the human boy Hector grow up in the Pale, the city of the humachines, while the canini fought for survival after the earthquake that decimated their denning sites and hunt ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to the author and Rachel's Random Resources for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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The Outside can be a dangerous place.
But so can the inside.

It’s been years since the original cataclysm, but life has been structured, peaceful, and most of all uneventful in the Pale. The humachine citizens welcome the order provided by their ruler, the baleful Regent.
Mawson Bear
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a landscape more forbidding than Central Australia, the Sahara, the Atacana desert. A landscape still shifting with the after shocks of a cataclysmic event that, 197 years before The Pale begins, destroyed most species.

'How does anything live out there?' Tad murmured.

Serviceman Tad patrols the Pale, the last place left that bears any resemblance to a city. Within the walls exist - you can hardly say 'live' - a hierarchical society of citizens who, like Tad, are partly liveware (tissue) a
Laura Goodin
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Pale, a post-apocalyptic vision of a world where many sentient species must, as they emerge from disaster, learn to rebuild together, is refreshingly nuanced and complex. Characters are not predictably or stereotypically "good" or "evil"; instead, each has a plausible rationale for their choices, and these choices have realistic and wide-reaching consequences. This alone raises this book above the ordinary. However, it's the meticulous, deeply thought-out, and intelligent worldbuilding that ...more
Jane Finnsson
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not huge on sci-fi but I really enjoyed the intertwining stories and if you love taking dogs you will enjoy this book
Debbie Mutton
This is my first dystopian novel and I thank Clare for introducing me to this genre. I did struggle at first as I found the themes jumped around a lot between the four groups and I would have liked more character development earlier in this book. However, this is a big story to tell and Clare writes with a great deal of imagination and cleverly creates her own language along the way. I saw so many parallels with our world today and what it may become due to greed, ignorance and politics and the ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Pale is a wonderful book. It took me through the best and worst of times for the characters and how they came together to take back the land from an Apocalypse setting. Very well written and kept me looking forward to my reading time. I enjoyed this book and I am sure you will too.
B.P. Marshall
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
[Disclosure: received The Pale, Broad Plain Darkening and The Ruined Land as gift from author.]

The Pale is the first book in a trilogy. Taken as a whole, the trilogy creates a complex multi-layered world and a satisfying set of stories. Interrupting narratives is an authorial no-no, but Rhoden's ability to jump between cultures, and species, weaves a cohesive narrative rather than a series of interrupted stories, as each increasingly relates to what we know about the others.

While the stories fl
J. Victoria
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finding engagement with this story took me a while but I was well rewarded for the effort. The Pale is an intelligent and well-crafted tale of hope and endurance. The post-apocalyptic backstory provides the reader with a potent warning; our civilisation will pay a price for ignoring the needs of our planet.
Clare Rhoden presents several main characters, while holding together the story of four disparate groups: human, part-human, tribal and animal – all of them struggling to survive. The Pale is
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a gripping and fun ride from start to end! A new take of a dystopian future that had me engaged start to end, looking forwards to finding what was to come. I often enjoy dystopian novels, or I really don’t, with not much in between! So why did I like this one? Well...

The thing that I really enjoy about post apocalyptic books, is also the thing that often makes me dislike them, and that’s the plausibility. If it has it, i love it. If it doesn’t, it’s like dragging nails down a chalk boar
Maria Sinclair
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Pale is the first book in what promises to be an excellent sci-fi/fantasy series. A large part of part one of the book is dedicated to familiarising the reader with the environment and it’s inhabitants, and although this means it is a bit of a slow starter, the number of different species and the way they live means that such intricate world building is essential to give a broad enough understanding of the post-Conflagration existence. Sometimes it is tempting to rush straight into the actio ...more
Jessica Bronder
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
In an apocalyptic/dystopian world there are many groups struggling to survive after a cataclysmic earthquake. The Pale is a wall civilization where humachines live, humans that have merged with machines to remove the emotions which ruin people. The canini are upgraded wild dogs that live closer to the earth and stay to their packs. The tribes are a group of people that seem to have a connection with the canini. Then there are the settlers, a group of people that live by strict rules of survival ...more
Jessica Belmont
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. Wow. Wow. The Pale blew my mind. It’s a post-apocalyptic story with incredible world building, characters and all around writing. I am so excited I had the opportunity to read this one!

The world-building is incredibly detailed. Clare Rhoden’s writing is almost poetic, I could vividly see what she was describing in great detail. I absolutely love the writing style. I was able to forget everything and immerse myself into this story.

The characters are also incredibly written. I love a good cha
Lisa Jones
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Loved it! Clare sets up the characters so well. Wonderful futuristic story about different tribes - including animals, after the 'great conflagration'. After I finished it I had to immediately start the 2nd book of the series to see what happened! ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review on blog from 4th September 2019

Imaginative and addictive reading. Multi-strand tale.
Billie K
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this one because I had already read the second in the series and I wanted to find out what happened before.
It reads well, better than lots of post apocalyptic sci fi. Good characters.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The Pale is the first book in the Chronicles of the Pale series, and it's definitely a wild read. I did struggle with getting into at first, because there is a lot to take in and keep track of, but after a bit, everything started to click in my head and make more sense to me. I found myself curious and wanting to know more.

The Pale is set in the future. There was an event known as the Great Conflagration, and now the world has changed. The book focuses on four main groups of characters.

Yvonne Davies
After a major earthquake had destroyed their world, the story follows the four groups who live in this world.

The Pale are human who have upgraded their bodies using technology, feeling more superior than the other groups, they lived their lives surrounded by a big wall. The tribe were a nomad group who spent their time trading mainly with the Settlement whose main purpose was to protect their gene pool and if you were deemed to be not assessed, your life was there to serve and finally the Canini
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Divided into seven districts, the Pale was the largest surviving colony on the continent. The only one worth saving, according to the doctrines of the city’s forecasters. The bucolic settlement to the south and the flimsy camps of the wandering tribesfolk out there on the plain were but poor travesties of survival.

This story is a post-apocalyptic story filled with a plethora of characters from livewares, humachines, settlers, tribesmen, recyclers, caninis, ferals, and many more. However, it
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I was so looking forward to this book but just couldn’t get into it! Will definitely try again when I’m not in such a reading rut
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Clare Rhoden started writing stories and she really hasn't ever stopped. She writes sci-fi, fantasy and historical fiction.
She loves books, books, books, dogs, craft and gardening.
Oh, and her husband - forever.
Clare is a writer, blogger and book reviewer from Melbourne Australia.


Other books in the series

The Chronicles of the Pale (3 books)
  • Broad Plain Darkening
  • The Ruined Land

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