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Adri is frustrated. Life is dull and restrictive in Boone and he longs for adventure and travel. Several of his friends feel the same and they decide to set out into the wilder interior of the continent. On the afternoon of their departure adventure comes to them in the form of dragons spouting flames.
Talei is a survivor from the first settlement to be attacked. She pleads with the Boone councilors for help in the fight against the dragons, but the elders seems more concerned with their own safety.
Adri and his friends accompany Talei on her return journey in the hope of finding the excitement they long crave.
Adri hurried toward one of the two junior schools in the town. His stepmother had nightmares about her young son being attacked or kidnapped as he walked to and from school.
An attack is a distinct possibility the way he treats the other pupils.
He turned into the school compound in time to see the pupils erupting from the door. Vala's son approached, and threw his bag on the ground.
"You carry it." The child turned and walked out of the compound.
Only a few more days, Adri reminded himself as he picked up the bag and followed the boy. Once the celebrations for Landing Day are here I'm gone.
Thoughts of his father came to mind and once again he wondered why his father had married Vala.
It's bad enough my mother died, but did he have to marry within months, then die himself.
His father's actions had left him under the guardianship of Vala, but not for much longer. A few more days and Adri would be considered an adult and able to live on his own. He and his friends would leave Boon to have some excitement in their lives, not the dreary day to day life they had grown up with.
Vala called them brothers, but they were not blood relations. Raf was the son of his stepmother's first husband, and the boy's mother spoiled him to the point of ruining him.
He entered the house in time to see Vala fling her arms round Raf.
"How's my little man? Did you have a good day?"
"Oh Mum, stop it. I'm too old to be smothered."
"I'll get you something to eat."
Vala hurried into the kitchen while Raf flung himself into a chair. Adri dropped the boy's bag next to him. Before his stepmother could return he left the house, but heard his stepbrother call out.
"Mum, Adri's leaving again."
With a burst of speed Adri turned into the next street before Vala could make it to the door and scream at him to return. He shrugged his shoulders to release the tension and hurried to the town square.
Posted by Maria Sadowski on 26th May 2013
I have a foggy idea of what Young Adult is, but the book cover mentioned Dragons, so I plunged in with great enthusiasm. Loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it!
It has space, fantasy, adventures, and great danger. Could things get better? Oh yes. There are dragons.
This is the first book by Sue Perkins I've read, and I will download the entire series to fill my Kindle.