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The Fall of the Shell by Paul O. Williams
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The Fall of the Shell (1981)

by Paul O. Williams

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This takes place five years after the third book (16 years since the first). The third Pelbarigan city, Threerivers, proves to be the most conservative by far; almost absurdly so, perhaps serving to explain why it was so little mentioned earlier. The story is that of the twins Gamwyn and Brudoer as they grapple with their city's governance, but I was most interested in watching how relations develop between Pelbar's alliance and neighbouring tribes. The Peshtak are as savage as ever, practically animals in need of taming. The Tusco are far more organized, and their stilted speech pattern hides a well educated and organized society, albeit one dependent on slave labour. We also meet the Alats, the Atherers, and a few more Siveri. Williams has done a stellar job of creating seemingly endless varieties of surviving cultures. I'm hoping this book closed the final chapter on the Pelbar cities getting over themselves and the rest of the series will be looking outward.

This is the first volume I have that includes a glossary at the back for locations and characters (it may have been introduced in the second printing). It's worth a full read through, as it includes additional background information not provided by the novel's text. ( )
  Cecrow | Jul 16, 2018 |
This is the fourth book in the Pelbar series, which continues to follow the rebirth of civilization after a devastating world war. The people of the Pelbar region are struggling to deal with the changes occurring in their society from internal and external forces. Hard decisions of whether to hold onto past ways even though they are less and less effective and some have even become forces of corruption must be made. Each of the previous books were very character driven and so is this one, where two young boys unwittingly bring about the destruction of a corrupt Pelbar city so that its people can begin to grow again. ( )
  Gkarlives | Mar 9, 2016 |
Like the previous books in the series, this continues the story of Stel of Pelbar. Stel is a male from a female dominated society in a post-apocalyptic United States. With some allies, the cities of Pelbar are gradually bringing back knowledge and civilization, along with ideas of equality for men.
Its hard to explain why these books were so good, but they are some of the better post-apocalypse novels I've read. ( )
  Karlstar | Mar 25, 2009 |
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Hoch oben in der Rundung des Breiten Turms von Dreistrom, der südlichsten der drei Pelbarstädte am Herzfluss, stand Bival, die Hände auf dem Rücken und schaute über das Wasser.
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Eleven hundred years after the apocalyptic destruction of the United States of America, peace between the remaining warring tribes has finally been achieved. Despite this peace, the Pelbar stronghold Threerivers retains its secretive and reclusive ways, keeping its distance from the other remaining tribes and guarding against change. A strict matriarchy, Threerivers remains the most conservative Pelbar community under the unquestioned and unyielding rule of its leader, Udge.
 
Life in Threerivers continues without change until two young twin brothers, Brudoer and Gamwyn, accidentally initiate events that threaten the established order. The resulting chain of consequences sends Gamwyn on a quest to the far reaches of this postapocalyptic world. Within Threerivers, Brudoer’s imprisonment threatens the long-established matriarchal rule of the Pelbar stronghold.
 
The Fall of the Shell is the fourth book in the classic series of postapocalyptic novels about the people of Pelbar

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