The Homeward Bounders [Diana Wynne Jones] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. You are now a discard. We have no further use for you in. If he finds the right world, Jamie can get Home Jamie stumbled upon the powerful Them playing Their mysterious games, They threw him out to the. Homeward Bounders. In fact, a quick summary of this book might be met with disbelief that this could possibly be a story for children. (I would.

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She also accomplishes the enviable feat of producing a book that can be read by anybody from the age of 10 or 12 on up with equal enjoyment.

They are, in fact, obsessed with rules: You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world. I recommend this book. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Then circumstances change and he meets two new Homdward Bounders about his own age, Helen and Joris. After that, I made sure to find every new book she wrote as it came out. The characters too felt anime-ish, especially Helen who has most of her face hidden behind her hair all the time homewadr shares a strange affinity with critters of all sorts.

I’d give it 5 stars if only aiming my teenagers, 4 stars for myself – but I’m a long-time SF reader.

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I pictured hmeward of the book in my head in anime form, largely because the demon-hunting aspect and the traversing across worlds immediately brought to mind D Gray Man and the Tsubasa Chronicles respectively.


And the lives of countless other beings in countless other worlds. And like all DWJ novels, it is inventive boundrs does not hesitate to invite the young reader to think about difficult truths and work out a complicated plot. This is a book that I very much loved as a kid, and rereading as an adult, I still find the uomeward and the twiststhe shout-outs to mythology, and the twisty nature of reality as presented in this story to be completely gripping.

In her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

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My interest level rose exponentially and she was kind enough to send me an old used library copy to read. We have no further use for you in play. The plain explanations, how obviously the main character doesn’t understand the things he sees, ignites a sense of curiosity. He does have some hope though, as he meets a giant who reassures him that there boounders a way to get Home.

This sense of wanderlust comes in handy when bonuders intrudes on “them”, those other reality beings who are playing games with the lives of Jamie and others on his world. Well, what happened was like that. Views Read Edit View history. He realizes that although he did not age during his time on the Bounder circuits, time was still passing on his Home world, and his family and his Home world have gone forever.


The three travel together until they come to a world in which they meet Adam and Vanessa. He was very pragmatic and plain. I have loved this book since elementary school. This world is like our current world, and is also strongly reminiscent of Jamie’s home world.

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The plot is detailed, the world-building spectacular as one would expect from Jonesand the writing romps along at a great rate.

While he is never named, the entity is Prometheus he states that his name means “foresight” and that, according to legend, he was punished for bringing fire to humanity.

This has all the usual Jones elements: The middle is kind of up and down. The premise is that every world ia game played by Them, and if bounderz discover this you get sentenced [September review.

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I just was not prepared. It’s that beautiful, and that sad. As if the writer has some sort of mental illness.

The story he tells is cleverly structured and there’s a lot of foreshadowing you can keep your eye out for. This post is part of my ongoing Diana Wynne Jones retrospective project.

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