Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Inferior


Book: The Inferior (Bone World Trilogy #1)

Author: Peadar Ó Guilín

Published:  June 10, 2008

Pages: 448

Rating by Katie:4 out of 5 stars
This book is a bit different from anything that I have ever read. Stopmouth is a young man who lives within a human tribe. He of course is a human himself. There are other tribes as well. These tribes are made up of creatures and these creature tribes as well as the human tribe have to fight each other for food everyday. They hunt each other, and when one tribe has succumbed to extinction a new tribe of new creatures appear in their place. The tribes look to "the roof" for answers and know that is where all new life comes from.

On a regular night, Stopmouth and his tribe are watching the stars zig and zag around their heads. They are fighting with each other, and no creature in their land knows why. Then one of the stars is shot down, landing right in the middle of their town. What they see next stuns them, and now Stopmouth has questions. When some men in his clan open the small shuttle a young woman, Indrani, steps out.

There is a language barrier between them and they are worried about this new comer. When the tribe leader decided to offer her up as a sacrifice to the surrounding tribes as food, Stopmouth's brother, decides he should help her by offering marriage.
Indrani is saved, this time, from death. She doesn't like her new husband Wallbreaker. When his brother, Stopmouth is hurt she is made to help him recover. Because of all the time they spend together, they start to fall in love. Making Stopmouth jealous of his brother, yet again. Not only did Wallbreaker take his first love, but now his second wife, Indrani has his heart.

After Stopmouth has been healed, he starts to notice Indrani's absence. She eventually never comes out of his brothers house, and he knows something is wrong. Stopmouth then breaks into his home, and rescues a drugged Indrani. They have to run away to save themselves from the betrayal that they committed against his brother. Their plan is to bring Indrani back to the roof where she belongs. They will start over and make a life there. With all the obstacles and danger they have to go through to get there, they aren't sure they will make it.

This book was definitely different. All of the tribes, including the humans, are cannibals. It is an honor to be food for your tribe. It is the most heroic thing you could do, to die and give your body as food to your people. I had a hard time with the cannibalism and people offering up themselves as food. It wasn't so bad as to distract me from the story. I did enjoy this book enough to want to read more about Stopmouth and Indrani's journey to get her home. I love how they get through the barrier of language and start to love each other. All and all this is a good book and I enjoyed it very much!  

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