Wednesday, November 07, 2007BOOKENDS: DRAGONHAVEN
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley
When Jake goes out on his first solo overnight in Smokehill National Park, he hopes to find some trace of dragons. What he doesn't expect is to find a dying mother dragon and dead dragonlets -- and one lone live dragonlet in need of a mother. Jake picks up the dragonlet, hides it in his shirt, and gets it back to his camp, exhausting himself in the process. But in a country where killing a dragon is illegal, keeping one alive is also illegal, so despite the fact that he and his father live on a dragon preserve, the secret of the little dragon must be kept from as many people as possible. Recounting his own experiences of finding and raising a baby dragon (dragonlet) on the preserve where his father works, Jake shares a story of loneliness, intelligence, and dedication.
I'm a huge fan of Robin McKinley, and I was completely excited to read her newest book, but I admittedly had a difficult time getting through this one -- it's completely different than her retellings and high fantasies and anything else she's written. So it's a complete turn from what she's written in the past, but it's a worthwhile read -- especially if you're not expecting one of her classics. Dragonhaven has an environmental twist to it -- the preservation of animals and land and how easily humans destroy the natural wonders of the earth -- and will be good for dragon lovers and environmentalists and realistic fiction readers alike.
Y SCIENCE FICTION McKinley
~emily - 10:15 AM~
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