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The Wind Singer (Wind on Fire Trilogy) (original 2000; edition 2003)

by William Nicholson

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Title:The Wind Singer (Wind on Fire Trilogy)
Authors:William Nicholson
Info:Egmont Books Ltd (2003), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 352 pages
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The Wind Singer by William Nicholson (2000)

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The characters had completely unbelievable emotional reactions to things that were happening. I could not understand how the parents could be so supportive of the children's rebellion but haven't rebelled themselves. It seems like the parents would have been jailed long before this story. I understand what Nicholson is trying to do when the children completely embrace the mud people but it's still the ease at which they adjust is far too smooth and quick to be realistic. Mumpo seems to suffer in noble silence. Rather than internalize any of the abuses that have been sent his way his entire life, he is a care-free guy who lives in the moment. His entire role in the book is to go from pathetic loser to hero by learning that he has his own potential. But, again, this transition is entirely too smooth. It is not easy to overcome years of abuse in just a few days.

By the end they magically end up back at their town in one day when it had taken them ~5 days to get to their destination, without any more help than they received on their journey out. And finally the ending was so abrupt. I get the concept that the wind singer fixes all of the societal problems (in some unexplained way) but it just seemed too easy of an ending. All in all, it was a quick read and I think many people could enjoy it for its messages about standardized testing but I think there are probably better books out there that cover the same topic. ( )
  prager2 | Nov 29, 2016 |
2,5 stars

Great beginning, but it gets too weird towards the middle and it starts to look more like a parody than a serious book. ( )
  Hellen0 | Jun 22, 2016 |
This might possibly be the worst thing I've ever read. The names? And the stupid words? And the writing? I quite liked the prologue. It seemed a nice idea: a building built to sing with the wind. But then what the fuck happens? It's like a 5 year old started writing it after that. There's never any need to write a children's book like this, never. It is so detrimental to all who will read it. ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
Given its reputation, I felt highly disappointed by The Wind Singer. I did really find the themes that it portrayed to be interesting - a satire portraying the weakness of a society that put the highest importance on academic success - but beyond this the novel just seemed to be lacking in something fundamental.

The style of prose seemed too childish to be readily appreciated by young adults and the events of the novel occurred far to quickly for any kind of suspense to be built. On top of this, the primary cast seemed to be very flat and unmemorable.

On the whole, the book was okay but I did not feel that there was anything really remarkable about it. ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Jul 8, 2014 |
It's a guilty pleasure, I'll admit.
Sure, the writing is mostly bad and the story is made up on the spot, but it was cute. That's all you can really say about it, cute.
  OtherStoriesBooks | Dec 29, 2013 |
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In the city of Aramanth, the mantra is, "Better today than yesterday. Better tomorrow than today." Harder work means the citizens of Aramanth can keep moving forward to improved life stations--from Gray tenements and Orange apartments, upwards to glorious mansions of White. Only some families, like the Haths, believe more in ideas and dreams than in endless toil and ratings. When Kestrel Hath decides she is through with the Aramanth work ethic, she is joined in her small rebellion by her twin brother Bowman and their friend Mumpo. Together, they set the orderly city on its ear by escaping Aramanth's walls for an adventure that takes them from city sewers to desert sandstorms. Guided by an archaic map, they know that if they can find the voice of the Wind Singer, an ancient and mysterious instrument that stands in the center of Aramanth, they can save their people from their dreamless existence. But the voice is guarded by the dreaded Morah and its legion of perfect killing machines, the Zars. Are three ragtag kids any match for an army of darkness?

Like Lois Lowry's The Giver and Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, The Wind Singer is a rich, multilayered fantasy that can be read on many levels. With this first volume of a planned trilogy, British author William Nicholson deftly illustrates such fundamental values as tolerance and the importance of individuality, without sacrificing a bit of the novel's breathless adventure. Watch out, J.K. Rowling! If the rest of The Wind on Fire trilogy is as amazing as this debut, Nicholson's books may be the next hot English export. (Ages 10 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

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After Kestrel Hath rebels against the stifling rules of Amaranth society and is forced to flee, she, along with her twin brother and a tagalong classmate, follow an ancient map in quest of the legendary silver voice of the wind singer, in an attempt to heal Amaranth and its people.… (more)

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