The Deserter by Peadar O’Guilin
Stopmouth is on a quest to find Indrani and save his people. To do so he’ll have to journey from the stark desolate primitive landscapes of the Surface and enter the overly saturated stimulation of the Roof. But nothing in either world goes unnoticed by the Commission. They’re tracking Stopmouth and hunting Indrani amidst mounting tensions over the decaying state of living conditions. Together they’ll find the key that holds the fate of the Roof’s rulers in their hands. The Commission will stop at nothing to get it from them.
This book sounded familiar and I hadn’t realized at first that this was the sequel to The Inferior, which I read a few years ago. At first glance the two books don’t come across as a set. Peadar O’Guilin explores the flip side of world building in The Deserter. From primitive to technologically advanced O’Guilin makes you think savages are far more civilized and complex than their Roof counterparts. I thought the imagery was great but the pacing a little slow, I had to work through this one, but there were some pulse pounding action scenes sprinkled throughout to keep the reader interested. Unfortunately I just couldn’t connect with the story. I wanted to be swept up into the story and characters but the book didn’t excite or enthrall me as I thought it would.
Overall The Deserter is a deceivingly complex book that compliments it’s predecessor. Peadar O’Guilin delivers yet another well written book that I only wish would have captured my attention more.
The Deserter will be released on March 13, 2012. Pre-order your copy here.