Big Big Sky

 
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Big Big Sky
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14+
Release Date
February 29, 2008
ISBN
0889954046
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I crouch in the dark, stare into the manimal's shining eyes.

It blinks right at me. It shakes in fear. Its thrumping furred chest quickens my own pulse. The thing wave-sends a sonic roll of pure emo: terror, disbelief, and a wee glimmer of hope..."

Rustle is a young scout in a tight-knit female warrior group of five. They're trained to be aggressive, quick thinking, obedient-though for what exact purpose they couldn't quite tell you. But somehow the group is falling apart now. The leader Shona turns out to be a traitor to them. Roku has disappeared. Rustle has failed to show her killing skills in a crucial test of courage, and is feeling quite separate from the others. Loo is a true warrior, ready and able for action of the most extreme kind, though Rustle's private yen for her has not dimmed. Solomon, the healer of the group, is a steady hand, but not even her stability can save them.
So when their StarPod is transported to the Living Lab, they all know that it's time to make a run for it, or else they'll be deplugged - finished, dead. It takes a lot of wit and energy, but eventually they make it to the outside of the great mountain where they've been raised and trained and programmed-and here for the first time they behold the big, big sky of the real world.

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One Pod. The chilling mantra of Kristyn Dunnions futuristic science fiction book Big Big Sky draws parallels with the present world, exposes widely avoided truths, and forces readers to rethink the current situation of the world.

 

ScanMans, an alien world, have taken over the ravaged remains of the earth, dominating the lives of every Pod, controlling every aspect of their more or less meaningless existence. These Pods are fighting machines, trained to do this and nothing less. But as they reach the wild, their StarPod begins to change.

 

In the pages of Big Big Sky, Dunnion has woven a very real world where survival is everything and its every Pod for themselves. Through journeys of discoverydiscovery of the truth, discovery of the past, and self-discoveryeverything that not only the characters know, but everything that the reader knows and has taken for granted, is thrown into turmoil. Questioned. Reflected, wondered about.

 

The very integrity of co-habitation of different spieces and morality of human actions and situations are shaded in undertones.

 

An entrancing read with unique vocabulary and a very distinct storytelling style. Readers are carried along, feeling the very emotions of the characters as they face trial after tribulation. From the very glum glum moments to the marvel at the big big sky, Dunnions Big Big Sky is a very raw read.

 

Now its your turn. Decline, Deform, Disobey.
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