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The Prince in Waiting by John Christopher
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Feb 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: reviewed, sci-fi

Set in a future England ravaged by natural disasters and anti-technological paranoia, this somewhat-obscure young adult novel introduces what is probably John Christopher's best trilogy. The story, set among the warring neo-medieval cities of southern England, is told through the perspective of Luke, an ill-tempered, violent, anti-intellectual (but very cunning) little yob who typifies his society's warrior elite. Christopher's crisp prose and action-packed plot, full of jousts, palace coups, warfare, murder and betrayal, move the narrative at a brisk pace, while gradually revealing that many things in Luke's world are not what they seem.
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