While one set of nomes is trying to fend off the depredations of humans with a JCB, another set had to hitch a ride on a Concorde (how hard could it be?) to Florida to catch another ride on a satellite in order to get back home to England and pick up the other, JCB-riding nomes, and then fly off to their distant home planet.
Confused? Don't be. It's a Pratchett book, which means it will be complicated and crazy, so don't try to catch too firm a hold on the plot, because it's pointless. Like the nomes on the Concorde, just hang on and don't get too worried when the floor suddenly becomes a wall. Eventually it will become a floor again, and you'll get to your destination.
"Wings" is a charming, touching conclusion to the Nomes trilogy. It's silly, it's goofy, it's childish, and it's lyrical all at once, with both Nomes and frogs having their worlds expanded:
"The Ship curved up, towards the stars. Below, the world stopped unrolling because it had reached its edges, and became a black disk against the sun.
Nomes and frogs looked down on it.
And the sunlight caught it and made it glow around the rim, sending ray sup into the darkness, so that it looked exactly like a flower."
Wings is the third and final volume of the Bromeliad (following Truckers and Diggers). Masklin, Gurder and Angalo have just left the quarry and are heading to the airport in hope to go to Florida, where they can put the Thing on a space shuttle so that it can call the Ship. Following Grandson Richard, 39, they board the Concorde. What somewhat surprised me with Wings is that it's not only the conclusion to a tremendous adventure: the story really gets a level deeper, as the relationship between the nomes and the Thing develops. And don't worry, you still get those hilarious puns such as the one about frogs who have "such a tiny life cycle it still had trainer wheels on it"! The Bromeliad trilogy is a gripping story, extremely funny and easy to read, but it's also a story about how the world around you can always amaze you if you only look a bit further than just at your direct neighbourhood. I highly recommend it to both children and grown-ups alike!