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by Gemma Malley

eBook The Returners ePub
Author: Gemma Malley
Language: English
ISBN: 140880090X
ISBN13: 978-1408800904
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (February 1, 2010)
Pages: 288
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 583
Formats: lit rtf azw mobi
ePub file: 1505 kb
Fb2 file: 1350 kb

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Gemma Malley studied philosophy at Reading University before working as a journalist. Because, when all is said and done, The Returners isn't a bad book, it was just a bad book for me. She is the author of The Declaration and The Resistance, and lives in London with her husband and two young children. I encourage you to read these as well before determining whether this book is for you. Библиографические данные. The Returners Declaration Series.

Returners was not what I was excepting at all. Gemma Malley wove together perfectly historical facts, with her amazing world of Returners. People who come back reincarnated over and over again.

London teenager Will Hodge is miserable  . Returners was not what I was excepting at all. They serve a purpose, to remember the lives they have lived.

I think at some point I eat something. I’m not really aware of time passing, but I must be at some level because at four fifteen I’m at the school gates waiting for Claire. She’ll have just finished. History of Art. Soon I’ll see her coming out of the swing doors to the side of the main building, walking towards me, her hair streaming out behind her, tamed but only slightly. She has red curls; she plaits them sometimes but usually lets them do their own thing under a hairband that keeps them off her face

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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. It turns out they are Returners, reincarnated people who carry with them the memory of atrocities they have witnessed in the past. Will realizes that he, too, is a Returner. But something about his memories is different, and with dawning horror, Will suspects that he wasn't just a witness to the events, he was instrumental in making them happen

Will Hodges' life is a mess! His mother is dead, he has no friends and he thinks he is being followed by a strange group of people who tell him they know him. But Will can't remember them first. And when he does, he doesn't like what he can remember. While Will is struggling with unsettling memories, he learns that his past is a lot deeper than many people's, and he has to find out if he is strong enough to break links with the powerful hold that history has on him. This compelling novel, set in an alternate future, challenges readers to consider the role we all have to play in making our society, and asks how much we are prepared to stand up for what's right.
This one is OK, not as good as The Declaration trilogy. Maybe I was expecting the greatness of those books in this one.
I originally had a difficult time getting into this one, the beginning was a bit too… slow, or scattered, I’m not really sure exactly what it was. I pushed through it, though, and by the time I was about halfway through I was hooked. It was not at all what I expected! There were so many plot twists that I didn’t see coming, I was kept at the edge of my seat and I’m pretty sure I read the entire second half in one sitting. Yep, it got that good!
As this is a young adult novel, it was a quick read. The story takes place in London, the main character being a teenage boy with a handful of horrors in his past. Without giving anything away, I’ll just say that the boy spends most of the book fighting himself. It’s a great metaphor for inner demons, etc. I would recommend this book, just remember to push through the beginning a bit… It does get better, and it is worth the read!
The Returners, as well written as it is, was far more muted and understated in tone than I was imagining it would be. While there were clear strengths to the story I found them to be mired by a few larger weaknesses which in turn left me feeling somewhat underwhelmed by the story as a whole.

Where I struggled quite a bit was with the extended focus on racial and political undertones. The point of their inclusion was made early on so lengthening the attention paid made the element monotonous and repetitive. Moreover, this ended up taking away time from learning more about the Returners and Will's relationship to them. I got the point that was being made, the elements were a mechanism to exemplify the evil side of being a Returner as well as a tool for Will's desire and ability to change. But, despite both being admirable aspects of the story to explore for me the amount of time ultimately focused on each individually was unnecessary. I would much rather have spent those pages delving into the history of the Returners and delving into the relationships between Will and those who have known him in his past lives.

Another opportunity lost was the potential for Will to explore his own sanity as part of the journey to recognition. What readers ended up seeing was the same scene (Will being followed, Will worrying he's losing his mind) over and over again. It wasn't just repetitive it was off putting. I ultimately ended up skimming some passages as I already read what was said and done in scenes prior.

When we finally did get to the meat of the story, the struggle between good and evil, it was an interesting addition and frankly the biggest strength of the story. Will's determination to not be the person he'd been so many times in so many lives before was palpable. It made him emotional and vulnerable, it made him accessible to the reader, it humanized him. In my estimation this is extremely important in a dystopian novel as the reader is already displaced by time and place. Having something or someone they can relate to in the story keeps them invested so kudos to Malley for making that connection with Will so strong.

In being fair and honest I have to say that this review is likely more a reflection of my expectations of dystopian literature than it is of the book being "bad". Because, when all is said and done, The Returners isn't a bad book, it was just a bad book for me. In an effort to provide a more well rounded perspective of this book I've included links to reviews that may have a different viewpoint than mine. I encourage you to read these as well before determining whether this book is for you.
Will Hodge doesn't have many happy days, especially since his mother died and his father's political involvement has grown more and more radical. In addition to stress at home, Will's friends don't really talk to him anymore, he starts losing short blocks of time, and strange people start following him around claiming to know him.

Then, the dreams begin and he starts to think he is going crazy. He dreams of concentration camps during World War II and several other atrocious events from history. At first, Will thinks he is losing his mind, but soon explains away the strange thoughts on the history he is learning in school. Deep down, he knows the dreams are serious.

Eventually, he can't avoid the strange people anymore. They explain to him that they are Returners, just like him. Returners are "people who have been reincarnated and whose destiny is to recall the atrocities they have witnessed in the past." When Will learns about the part he plays in this complicated situation he is forced to decide what his role will be.

Are we born with a predetermined destiny or can we change who we were meant to be?

As a fan of dystopian literature I enjoyed reading THE RETURNERS. The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is because I felt it took too long to get to the specific Returners storyline, as most of the book deals with Will's denial of his connection to the strange people following him.

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
Will, a fifteen-year-old boy, lives with his father who is a lawyer with political interests. The story is set in 2016 and there are a few flashbacks to 2008. In that year his mother committed suicide.

Will is a loner. Around the age of ten there was Claire, one of his neighbors. They got along very well. During the nighttime - when his father is asleep and Claire gives a signal with her flashlight - Will visits Claire by climbing up a tree that stands close to the window of her bedroom. They listen to music and play video games. It's the only friendship he knows but it won't last. When he starts talking about his psychological problems, Claire is somewhat freaked out and she refuses to see him.

As Will grows older he begins to think that he's paranoid. All kinds of people approach him telling the boy he's is one of 'them' and that he should 'return'. Will is afraid of losing his mind because he thinks that the encounters with these people are hallucinations. One evening he thinks he sees Claire in the garden, but she becomes another person he doesn't recognize. Is this reality or a hallucination?

He can't remember the people who are following him, at least not at first. And when he does, he doesn't like what he remembers.
Will discovers that he has a past far deeper then most and the struggle to break free of the powerful hold that history has on him may well become a struggle for death over life...
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