In Other Lands

In Other Lands

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Despite his aversion to war, work, and most people (human or otherwise), teenaged Elliott, a human transported to a fantasy world where he attends a school for warriors and diplomatic advisers, finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, may actually be possbile.
"The Borderlands aren't like anywhere else. Don't try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border -- unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and -- best of all as far as Elliot is concerned -- mermaids. "What's your name?" "Serene." "Serena?" Elliot asked. "Serene," said Serene. "My full name is Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle." Elliot's mouth fell open. "That is badass." Elliot? Who's Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He's smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands. It turns out that on the other side of the wall, classes involve a lot more weaponry and fitness training and fewer mermaids than he expected. On the other hand, there's Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, an elven warrior who is more beautiful than anyone Elliot has ever seen, and then there's her human friend Luke: sunny, blond, and annoyingly likeable. There are lots of interesting books. There's even the chance Elliot might be able to change the world. In Other Lands is the exhilarating new book from beloved and bestselling author Sarah Rees Brennan. It's a novel about surviving four years in the most unusual of schools, about friendship, falling in love, diplomacy, and finding your own place in the world -- even if it means giving up your phone."--
Publisher: Easthampton, MA :, Big Mouth House :, Distributed to the trade by Consortium,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781618731203
1618731203
Branch Call Number: Y FIC BREN
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 24 cm

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May 15, 2018

This is one of my favorite books now, and I can't believe I haven't heard more about it. A snarky bisexual and aggressive pacifist as the main character with a really great friend group he develops throughout the years. Elliot's wonder for all things knowledge base and not violence based is so so refreshing. I love how this book makes one thing of commonplace violence, gender stereotypes, assumptions of sexuality and ignorance towards groups of people unlike one's self. It was such a roller coaster from start to finish and I truly loved Elliot's narrative with all my heart. I think anyone interested in fantasy and making commentary on the genre in a hilarious way should read this book.

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