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The Deserter by Peadar Ó Guilín
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Sep 16, 2011

really liked it

"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 Stopmouth's attitudes and those of the people around him. He does seem to spend most of the novel on the run as he attempts to find his lost lover and find a way to rescue his tribe back on the surface, and there are a number of good action scenes along the way. The characterisation is mostly good, although the villains are a bit clichéd and one-dimensional. It all comes to a satisfying (although slightly rushed) conclusion which could make a good ending for the story while also leaving plenty of opportunity for another sequel.
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