Below The Root Paperback – Apr 22 1985
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From Publishers Weekly
The Newbery Honor-winning author's compelling fantasy concerns a 13-year-old boy who uncovers startling truths about the priestly class who control his people. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
As Raamo progresses in his training, he learns the history of the Kindar people, how they came from another planet ravaged by war and the first Ol-zhaan were determined to eradicate these emotions from subsequent generations. Now the Kindar know nothing of violence, war, or any original thought for that matter. The people chant proscribed chants of peace and live a very restricted existence where they are not allowed to even look at the forest floor. Raamo is befriended by Neric, another young Ol-zhaan healer, who urges him to re-think everything they have been told about life in Green-sky and the supposedly evil Pash-shan monsters.
Neric and Raamo take a dangerous trip to the forest floor, where they find eight-year-old Teera lost in the forest. Assuming she is a child who has fallen from the trees, they take her back to Green-sky and leave her in the care of Raamo's family. When they learn that little Teera is not a Kindar, but a Pash-shan, or Erdling as they call themselves, their world is turned upside down.
Excellent fantasy for any age. The Kindar and Erdlings are a little reminiscent of the Morlocks and Eloi in The Time Machine. Another fantastic book that has a very similar story is THE GIVER by Lois Lowry.
Raamo is thirteen years old and lives happily in a land called Green-sky. His world is a society created in the tops of the trees. Here, people have fashioned a wonderful peaceful life for themselves, never engaging in violence or negative feelings of any kind. The only source of distress, in fact, comes from the evil Pash-shan that live below the surface of the earth below. Inhuman creatures that steal children and adults when they can, the Pash-shan are imprisoned in their lairs by a thick vine called the Wissenroot. Now Raamo has been given the chance to join the spiritual and governmental leaders of the land, named the Ol-zhaan.Read more ›
set in a mythical planet that shadows our own society, it is an amazing tale that captures the imagination without being complete sci-fi/fantasy. her use of forshadowing is amazing, keeping you held, but never giving away the ending as you watch the truth unfold.
In addition to providing a marvelous coming-of-age tale set in a wonderful new world, this book will provoke you to ponder and debate important questions about the nature of good and evil. Is it possible to eliminate violence from a society by segregating and repressing the passions? Should governments/priesthoods/scientists withold potentially dangerous knowledge from laypeople to protect them, and does this unshared power inevitably corrupt?
Read this book with your kids!
Most recent customer reviews
As others, I was aquainted with this book through playing the computer game as a child. Only at the age of 25 did I actually read the book. Read morePublished on May 28 2001 by Michael_GR
Although few claim this as a classic work of sci-fi/fantasy, it is an excellent book and the beginning of an excellent trilogy. The world Synder created captured my imagination. Read morePublished on May 4 2001 by Katie Klein
It is no wonder this book is out of print - it is full of exposition (pages on end) and reads like a history book. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2001
I originally became familiar with this series after playing a computer game on the Commodore 64 in the mid 1980s, and then just happened to stumble upon this (and the others) in... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2000
In seventh grade, I picked a book off of my teacher's shelf, expecting to be bored to tears. Instead, I got "Below the Root," the most complex and interesting story I... Read morePublished on July 6 2000
Why are really good books like this one out of print?
I read this as a teenager and savored every suspenseful, mysterious and joyful moment.
I read Below the Root when I was in grade school and liked it. Then I found And All Between and Until the Celebration, and thought they were wonderful! Read morePublished on Dec 19 1999 by Dan Hammari