I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?
13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do - into the Dome.
13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy - at the heart of the Dome.
Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?
As a fan of science fiction/fantasy I thought this book did an amazing job introducing new young adult readers to this genre.
While set in a time and place that is beyond our universe, there are some parallels. This is book one in the series, and sets the scene and lays the groundwork for what is to come.
The story follows the lives of two 13 year old boys, one born to privilege in every way possible, and the other born into a life of uncertainty. What will happen when their lives cross paths, and will they be able to save each other.
As with all cultures across all times, there is political unrest and the fight to rule/govern is at the forefront of every action. The book has a wonderful mix of characters and the reader is not left wondering about their intentions. There is good progression in the story and the characters develop and deepen as we learn more about them and how they interact with those around them.
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies
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The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.
In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.
In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.