Synopses & Reviews
In a gripping dystopian novel, four teenagers risk impossible odds to fight against tyranny in a world of dangerous choices and reemerging hope.
Escape. Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos have left their prison-like boarding schools far behind, but their futures remain in peril. Fleeing across icy mountains from a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, they are determined to take up the fight against the despotic government that murdered their parents years before. Only three will make it safely to the secret headquarters of the resistance movement. The fourth is captured and forced to participate in a barbaric game for the amusement of the masses further proof of the governments horrible brutality. Will the power of one voice be enough to rouse a people against a generation of cruelty?
Translated from the French, this suspenseful story of courage, individualism, and freedom has resonated with young readers across the globe.
"Mourlevat (The Pull of the Ocean) tells a riveting dystopian tale set in an unnamed country. Life is grim and austere for the children of resistors, whose parents lost their lives during a bloody revolution. They reside in prisonlike boarding schools and are allowed to leave the grounds only a few hours a year to be comforted by their consolers, parent figures assigned to be their counselors. When teenagers Milena, Helen, Bartolomeo and Milos run away from their neighboring schools, they not only put themselves in danger but also threaten the safety of classmates, who incur punishments in their place, and their consolers, who aid in their escape. Tracing the tense cat-and-mouse chase between the young fugitives and the vicious authorities (who track them with man-dog hybrids), the story unveils secrets about characters' histories and the bonds that tie them together. Teeming with heroic acts, heartbreaking instances of sacrifice and intriguing characters such as the horse-men, a tribe of gentle giants willing to fight to the death for their masters the book will keep readers absorbed and set imaginations spinning. Ages 14 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this award-winning story translated from the original French, four teens, determined to escape the tyranny responsible for the deaths of their parents years before, flee their prison-like boarding school and are pursued by a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down.
About the Author
Jean-Claude Mourlevat once wrote and directed burlesque shows for adults and children, which were performed for more than ten years in France and abroad. The author of several childrens books, he lives in a house overhanging the River Loire, near Saint-Etienne, France.
Anthea Bell is an award-winning translator of French and German fi ction, including the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke. She lives near Cambridge, England.