North! Or Be Eaten: Wild escapes. A desperate journey. And the ghastly Fangs of Dang. (The Wingfeather Saga)
A book by Andrew Peterson
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"North! Or Be Eaten" is a young adult fantasy. Logic need not apply. (My poor, logical brain kept frying every time a sword or dagger was lost during a fight only to mysteriously and without comment show up when the owner needed it during the next fight.) There was a lot of happenstance and accidental good and bad fortune used to stir up the plot.
This is the second book in the series, and I haven't read the first book. I strongly suspect this book would be more understandable if I'd read the first book and learned the family's "normal" dynamics from it. As it was, I couldn't understand why the family members didn't seem to care about the odd behavior the others were showing.
The book starts out humorously, but quickly turns grim, sad, and full of guilt and shame. It's a world with very little beauty, trust, safety, or mercy. I didn't feel like the ending showed the boys learning "that the love of a family is more important than anything else." In fact, I can't think of any good lessons in the book. It was just so bleak and cruel, especially to the thousands of children in the book.
Non-Christians probably wouldn't even know this book came from a Christian publisher. The book has no hint of Christian beliefs or religion. (On rare occasion, they do make a quick prayer to a monotheistic deity, but their religion makes no impact on their lives.)
The world was very imaginative, and what the new plants, animals, and objects looked like was always clear. The pacing was excellent.
There is no cussing, no sex, and no magic (in the sense of casting spells). There's no way I'd give this book to a child under fourteen (unless I wanted to depress and frighten them), but some older teens or adults might like it.
Review by Debbie from Genre Reviews
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