The Kin

The Kin It is two hundred thousand years ago A small group of children are cut off from their Kin the Moonhawks when they are driven from their Good Place by violent strangers While searching for a new Good

  • Title: The Kin
  • Author: Peter Dickinson Ian P. Andrew Ian Andrew
  • ISBN: 9780142501207
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is two hundred thousand years ago A small group of children are cut off from their Kin, the Moonhawks, when they are driven from their Good Place by violent strangers While searching for a new Good Place, they face the parched desert, an active volcano, a canyon flood, man eating lions, and other Kins they ve never seen before Told from four points of view, with taIt is two hundred thousand years ago A small group of children are cut off from their Kin, the Moonhawks, when they are driven from their Good Place by violent strangers While searching for a new Good Place, they face the parched desert, an active volcano, a canyon flood, man eating lions, and other Kins they ve never seen before Told from four points of view, with tales of the Kins creation interspersed throughout, this epic novel humanizes early man and illuminates the beginning of language, the development of skills, and the organization of society It is a triumphant book from one of the genre s most revered authors.

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    1. 4.5 stars? Three of us in this family admired and enjoyed this. Two want to reread it. For ages 10 up if they're good readers it's complex and sophisticated enough for adults.

    2. It's kind of like The Clan of the Cave Bear but watered down a bit for the younger set. Honestly at the age this was targeted for I was already reading the Earth's Children series so not sure what that says, if anything. I will say, however that if I had known about this book around the time of reading Earth's Children, I probably would've read it. Pre-historic fiction remains one of my favorite genres. Now, onto the review proper. What I liked about this book: The stories between chapters.I'm a [...]

    3. The Kin by Peter Dickinson was a good read that was worth the while. I personally thought that is was an excellent book. the book is about a group of people in an ancient Africa who are trying to survive the harsh lands. The book is split up into four different sections to tell one big story. the book is split up into stories told by the perspective of four different characters. the characters telling the story are Suth, Noli, Mana, and Ko.Out of the four stories the one that I really enjoyed wa [...]

    4. This must be why Peter Dickinson is known as a master storyteller. His world-building is AMAZING and he vividly brings to life the story of a group of children trying to survive in a prehistoric world. The Kin is an omnibus edition of four novels, each told from the perspective of four characters: Suth's Story, Noli's Story, Po's Story, and Mana's Story. The setting is Africa, millennia before our time when early peoples moved in bands called "kins" from Good Place to Good Place in search of sus [...]

    5. Speculative fantasy set in our distant past, when early humans were walking out of Africa, this brilliant quartet of children's novels (one from the point of view of each of four connected children who are forming a new tribe) takes you into the mind and mythological worldview of primitive proto-people.(In that sense it is like a kids' version of another of my all-time favorite books, The Inheritors by William Golding - a Neanderthal's view of the coming of modern humans.) But The Kin has anothe [...]

    6. Excellent historical fiction - it is full of richly imagined culture and mythology with engaging characters and unique challenges. The perspective feels authentic throughout the book, and the author tells both the story and the myths with a dynamic and engaging style.

    7. I really liked this book because it tells a nice story about how your on your own you can still manage to make it. It's nice how the orphans worked together to lead each other to freedom.

    8. THE KIN!!!I've been frantically searching the internet to find the name of this book and I finally found it!!! It's been eating away at me for a looooooooong time, I thought I'd go insane.I read The Kin series when I was in year 7 (11 years old) and still remember so many vivid details. Luckily, my school library had a combined version which featured not only Suth's story but the entire series bound up in one massive book. I chewed through it so quickly but remarkably so much of it stuck in my m [...]

    9. For my full review please visit my blog:The Kin: Ko's Story review @ From the Shadows I Review 3.5 stars This didn't grab me as much as the previous two books. I wasn't entirely sure why at first but I figured it out a bit later on in the paragraph. This book doesn't lack anything that the other two had, the scene setting was beautiful, the oldtale was wonderful and the writing sublime. Now I'll get on to why I didn't fully enjoy this book as I promised I would. It wasn't the book in any way, sh [...]

    10. I can't believe I stuck with a book that was 628 pages long and all along I knew it was a "2"! There were a few good points to this book, but mostly not. The fact that the author said he made it all up did not help. I would have liked to have known that he did some research into our ancestors. I was a little intrigued that their language was so, well, primitive. The characters that he portrays at least had language. They encountered others who not only did not have language but also didn't seem [...]

    11. Lexile: 820Historical Event/Time Period: Early Civilization, 200,000 years agoLiked: The things that I liked about this book was it was not about a usual historical time period. It was about stuff people don 19t really know much about.Disliked: The things that I disliked about this book were that sometimes the plot was slow and getting boring and not much was going on.Summary: When early man is still developing and becoming more colonized into tribes, one tribe is massacred by another. All their [...]

    12. The Kin was originally written as a series of four short books, but it has been compiled into one book in later editions. It is set in Africa 200,000 years ago. A group of men has recently been ousted from their home by violent strangers, and they are wandering through the desert looking for new Good Places. When they abandon the four very young orphans for their own survival, two older children separate from the group and go back to rescue the little ones. This group of children then has many a [...]

    13. The Kin fits into the YA fiction category, and reading it from that perspective I enjoyed it. It's kind of a Clan of the Cave Bears for young readers, but totally sanitized when it comes to sex. And the violence is not too graphic. The story is told in four mini-books from the POVs of four of the young Kin, two boys and two girls. There are Kin with language and those without, Kin who dwell in different environments, Kin who live peacefully and those who hunt men. Full of adventure and character [...]

    14. Rating: 3.5I read this when I was in high school, and I remember that despite the enormous length of the book (that alone tends to discourage me from reading sometimes), I thought that The Kin was quite engaging. While it did start off a bit slow, I quickly found myself liking the characters, and caring about what happened to them. I think that this helps, because the plot revolves quite closely around the main four. Also, I quite liked the mythology in here, and how it tied into the different c [...]

    15. I loved this book! The writing style was amazing once I got used to it and it really gave me another way to get into the minds of the characters. I loved seeing the story from the four different perspectives. Each one was clear and easy to tell apart from the others. I also really liked how the mythology was woven into the story to give more background knowledge and add another element to the story! Truly and amazing read even if it did take me a little while to get through.

    16. I couldn't stand this book. It was incredibly long and not much happened. I guess the writing was pretty good and the author did a good job describing that time period, but it was a very unnecessary book. I thought it went on for to long and the characters didn't have conflicts that were worth writing 628 pages about. It didn't have enough significance and it didn't teach me anything. I would never suggest this book.

    17. A sweeping tale of prehistoric man. When strangers take over their territory, the Moonhawk clan must leave the lands they know and set off across the desert in search of new Good Places. The story is told through the eyes of four young people: Suth, Noli, Ko, and Mana. Dickinson deftly weaves legends in amongst teh story of the Kin, and the prehistoric world he imagines feels real; it is familiar yet alien.

    18. I found these books to be a quick, easy read. The author used a technique I had not encountered before with each alternating chapter reflecting a myth of the people and the next showing how the hunter gathering group passed over an area shown in the myth or encountered an animal described in the myth. It was effective and interesting. Dickinson's characterization of the early humans was believeable and somewhat reminiscent of Jean Auel's writing.

    19. I read this at Sophie's urging, and I'm happy to say that it was worth my time! I'm very interested in evolutionary psychology and ancestral nutrition, and Dickinson's imagined world adds some great talking points to our family conversations. Some of the most fruitful themes: responsibility, altruism, fear, friendship, violence.

    20. I thought this book was an interesting look at what life was like for early man. I liked how it was told from more than one character's point of view and how each character had their own inner struggle that coincided with the group's struggle for survival. Although it was a bit long and it took me a while to get into at first, I found that there was enough action to keep me interested.

    21. Peter Dickinson is probably my favourite author whose books I haven't all hunted down. (No, I lie, that's Diana Wynne Jones, but only because I haven't got hold of Enchanted Glass yet.) He's really good at character and immersive settings, and he does remarkably complex things with the very simple imagined grammar of the first humans to use language.

    22. A fascinating book. A group of young children is separated from their families, in prehistoric times. When you read this book, it's really as if you are there with them. You begin to know them, love them. Dickinson is a very good author.

    23. It was definitely not like any other book I've read. But that doesn't mean that's necessarily a great thing. It was well written and interesting, but just not really my cup of tea. I had to finish it, of courselol. Oh well :)

    24. I absolutely loved this book. I saw it at Borders and received it for my birthday when I was in high school. It was way better than I had thought it would be. This is one of my favorite books by far and has stuck with me all these years.

    25. Thinking I hit a bump in an otherwise smooth road by reading Eva I thought I would give this story a try. It didn't do the trick. Another strange story that confused me trying to figure out why everything seemed so difficult for the clan. It was frustrating and not entertaining or educational.

    26. I don't remember a lot about this book, because i read it in sixth grade, like four years ago. i remember that it was kinda bizarre, but i remember liking it. it wasn't amazing, but it was interesting. and it also took me forever to read, cuz it's HUGE.

    27. I enjoyed this thoroughly and am not now sure how I have never read it before. It has been on our bookshelves for years, ignored by me. Very happy to have found it at long last.

    28. I really liked this book. I wish it were a series or a trilogy or something. I wanted to hear more about the people and the story. To me that is the definition of a good book.

    29. Peter is a master-story teller. I loved this story, the characters, the setting (our hunter-gatherer ancestors in Africa), the writing, the tone just - everything!

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