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. Volume XXI Number 39 . . . . June 12, 2015
The Unquiet is an unusual tale, written in the first person and narrated by a young girl who was taken from her parents and placed in a harsh camp for training. There are two mirrored worlds inhabited by identical people. One world is dying, and the people there are fading away and disappearing. They plan to take over the other world by coming through portals, killing their duplicates in that world and replacing them until the time of the final invasion when they will take over the entire planet. They watch their victims on TV screens to learn all about them. When their training is complete, they must murder their duplicates and assume their identities.
The narrator of the story must kill her opposite at age 14 and insert herself into a family that includes a younger sister and two grandparents on a farm. Once that is accomplished, she must report to her handlers and carry out several clandestine operations, including taking supplies or weapons to other operatives. Some of the children want to resist what they have become. Our protagonist, who takes over and becomes Lirael, is, at once, firm in her resolve and conflicted.
The end finally comes when the secret of the sleeper-assassins among them comes out and the conflict breaks into the open. The world as described in the book is our own and completely familiar, a parallel of Earth.
Consisting of more than 400 pages, the book is broken into 51 chapters of varying lengths. The story is divided into three parts. Part Two takes place one year later and Part Three one and a half years after that. It is an interesting concept with a good deal of death and dying. Can the central character take over another person’s life without being noticed? Then there is the question of how she will feel about the people into whose life she has inserted herself Much of the story is told through her innermost thoughts.
A well-written and an unusual concept.
Ronald Hore, a member of several writing groups, writes medieval-style fantasy and fantasy detective stories in Winnipeg, MB.
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