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    Post apocalyptic travel done well

    Fans of the "Girl with all the gifts" will enjoy this tale of Koli and his fellow travelers as they journey towards a signal broadcasting in a far future time when wars have decimated humanity and the ability to created tech has been lost.
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    Great installment in the trilogy

    The Trials of Koli by M.R. Carey is the second book in the post-apocalyptic Rampart Trilogy, a Science Fiction novel. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Orbit Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.   Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) Koli Woodsmith was born and raised in a small village of Mythen Rood, after the world was lost.  His dreams were of becoming a Rampart (one who could bring the old technology back to life).  Unfortunately, his dreams and actions caused him to be exiled from his village, forcing him out into the hazardous environment of the world beyond his home.  This world is filled with trees that attack, choker seeds that penetrate your skin and grow, and rain and snow that are not as they seem.  Then there are the rats, wild dogs, molesnakes, knifestrikes, drones….and worse. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Koli, Ursala and Cup continue their travels, with the assistance of Monono and the Drudge.  They are following a signal from someone called the Sword of Albion.  Koli hopes to see London, and perhaps find a way to re-unite all people. Meanwhile, back in Mythen Rood, Spinner's determination in marrying  Haijon Vennastin, a Rampart, has had some unexpected benefits, and a few consequences.  It is taking a while to be accepted by his family, but it is his Grandfather, Rampart Remember, that may hold the key.  Gaining his trust may provide Spinner with more than she had bargained for. My Opinions:   This is a very good series, but you must read the books in order.  Carey has created a new world in which the people are enthralled with the "old" technology, and making it work.  Some of that "old" tech is recognizable, and others not-so-much.   Their old-world was more advanced than ours. The people themselves have both an old-world feel, and yet they accept new-world ideas.  Picture a fishing village where an old woman "sings" to heal people, where the Head Man wears a piece of tech on his head that allows him to retrieve others memories, and they accept trans-gender people the same way they accept anyone else.  There is no prejudice in this world, but there is still war....everyone wants the tech. I really love Koli's continued innocence.  I also liked the way the story of Mythen Rood was taken up by Spinner (Koli's first love), whose need for knowledge makes her a force to be reckoned with. I felt that the pace of this book was slower than the first, and although I loved the plot, sometimes it took too long to get from Point A to Point B.  It dragged a little (and it's a fairly long book). That being said, the "adventures" that both Koli and Spinner encountered were well thought-out, and captivating.  The writing, as always, was great, and I loved the simple language and words that came out of Koli's thoughts. Overall, it is a good book, and an interesting trilogy...thus far.  Looking forward to Book #3.

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