I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed with it.
The first in Rhoden’s ‘Chronicles of the Pale’ series, ‘The Pale’ introduces us to a simply yet beautifully honed post-apocalyptic world, which is still suffering the aftereffects of that apocalypse, and which is peopled with five distinct groups, most of them with their own societies, languages, behaviours, beliefs, and so on.
This gives Rhoden a great platform to explore a lot of themes – some of them overtly, and others in a more gentle and nuanced way; belonging, what makes a family, suppression of the individual for the sake of the group, how much freedom should be given up for security, racism, indoctrination, and what role / morals a society should adhere to.
The characterisation is strong, the world-building – and the writing in general – very capable.
It’s definitely not ‘beyond the pale’ – but I would like to know what is beyond ‘The Pale’.
I look forward to the rest of the series.
The Outside can be a dangerous place.
But so can the inside.
It’s been years since the original cataclysm, but life has been structured, peaceful, and most of all uneventful in the Pale. The humachine citizens welcome the order provided by their ruler, the baleful Regent.
However, when one of their own rescues a human boy, Hector, from ravenous ferals on the Outside, their careful systems are turned upside down.
As Hector grows more and more human-strange, the citizens of the Pale grow uneasy.
What will happen when the Outside tries to get in?
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