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Tepper ( Sideshow ) cleverly adopts elements of both fantasy and science fiction in this portrait of a world on the verge of chaos. Looking to space for a better world, most of Artemesia's inhabitants have deserted their land for the stars, leaving behind crumbling gang-infested cities, fortified suburbs protected by dwindling technology and a half-wild, half-rural land where renascent mythical beasts and fairy tale "archetypes" now live. There Abasio, a farmboy who is being pursued by vengeful gang members, meets Orphan, who is herself being pursued by the minions of Witch. Witch is convinced that in accordance with a delphic prophecy, Orphan can provide the "guidance system" for her space shuttle and thus allow her to settle the moon. Abasio, Orphan and their few allies are called to fulfill their destiny and defend the battered Earth from Witch's mad scheme for world domination. If the fantasy and SF elements don't always merge seamlessly, the setting is well-realized and Witch's psychosis is lurid and frightening. Tepper's prose is colorful and, while occasionally strident, tempered with wry wit and astute observations about human nature.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
YA-A thought-provoking story with lots of action. "Orphan" has a destiny, as does Abasio Cermit. Somehow, these two destinies are intertwined. Abasio leaves his farm for the gang-filled, drug-infested city of a far-off future. Orphan leaves home also. The story of how these two come together to save a crime-ridden, overpopulated, plague-filled world is the basis of Tepper's novel. It is a mixture of myth, science fiction, and apocalyptic prophecy. A Plague of Angels has the same themes as those found in Tepper's previous novels, but it is a little easier to understand. The ending is not very effective (a series of deus ex machinas come in and, with the help of Orphan and Abasio and numerous other human and mythical characters, save humanity from itself), but the story is well worth reading.
Susan McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I love Teppers incredible imagination and enjoy her thoughts,up use of language, often old world's seldom used anymore. Her homemade words are delightful. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2013 by Christine Brandon
I don't give out 5-star ratings very often. I believe that such works as Hamlet, The Lord of the Rings, and Frankenstein are comparable 5's. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
Started off slow and wasn't sure I was going to like it, but then it just got better snd better. I thought Gate to Womens Country was the best. but this is right up there.Published on Nov. 4 2003 by dandysmom
I read this a while ago, and was thoroughly unimpressed. The plot is disjointed, the characterization nonexistent, the prose style clunky, and the book's attitude on gender... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003
I very much enjoyed the first half of this book, that is, I loved learning about the world that Tepper created and was thrilled to know about the different characters and their... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2001 by ex nihilo
This book is the most successful combination of sci-fi and fatasy elements that I have ever read. Agian Tepper manages to weave a mystical tale that is thought provoking, as well... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2001 by Dixon Whitley
With every Sheri S. Tepper book I read, I wonder "why didn't I read this before?!". Her imagination, skilful writing and her social and environmental engagement in her... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2000 by Arjen