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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Helen Haras-uquara has her own issues, and Joris the demon hunter can’t seem to stop talking about his “owner,” the great demon hunter Konstam. I found myself re-reading paragraphs quite often to try and make sense of what was happening.

Definitely one of my Jones favorites, now. The ending is perfect but dark, a pessimistic choice for a character who has been through a lot and will continue to go through a lot. The book I love that hkmeward most often overlooked in my opinion is The Homeward Bounders.

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When we started off this blog at the beginning of the year, Eight Days of Luke was the first featured post. While the varying societies Jamie visits are fascinating DWJ was endlessly creative when it came to making homewars worlds this book is very much about people and how they treat each other. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Homewatd. English Choose a language for shopping. Jan 10, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: Rules can be bent, rewritten, and ultimately broken or ignored, especially if these are made by Them.

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The plain explanations, how obviously the main character doesn’t understand the things he sees, ignites a sense of curiosity.


Bounfers Submit to Film Festivals. This sense of wanderlust comes in handy when he intrudes on “them”, those other reality beings who are playing games with the lives of Jamie and others on his world. Once he becomes a pawn in a game played by a powerful group he calls Them, year-old Jamie is repeatedly catapulted through space and time. It doesn’t have the charm and quirk of Bounxers, Howl, or Derkholm, but it still has a sly and ironic humor that keeps it from being too tragic.

Open Preview See a Problem? 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.

Only then does he discover that there are a vast number of parallel worlds, all linked by the bounds, and these sinister creatures are using them all as a massive gamesboard.

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Together, they try to figure out how to fight back against the beings that banished them. View all 4 comments. It honestly did not strike me as that sad – I don’t know if it’s just the fact that I couldn’t fully invest into the characters, or whether I was simply expecting something worse to come. I loved how the plot came to a nice circle by the end of the book – it is narrated by Jamie who manages to deliver the story with a lot of cheek.

For the first part of the novel Jamie is all alone simply telling his story about how he came to be a Homeward Bounder and the way the worlds work. I thought it was going to be a standard fantasy romp but wow. This fills the Bounder circuits to their maximum capacity; in effect, this means that They cannot homewagd any more Homeward Bounders.


And of course, fans of other books by Diana Wynne Jones will like The Homeward Bounders as well, even if you might have to do a bit of searching to find it.

You are now a discardone of Them tells Jamie. Just as important as the impeccably constructed setting, though, is the perspective that Jones gives the reader to look at it. He does have some hope though, as he meets a bounderw who reassures him that there is a way to get Home.

Unlike Charmed LifeI thought this was a challenging read both in concept and an writing but it was infinitely all the better for it. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

I needed to know what happened next. The revelation of how They are playing their game and what it will take for Jamie and the others to defeat them is complicated, typical for a DWJ novel. Write a customer review. They are ruthless in pursuit of the game they are playing.

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. As he travels for months and years without aging, Jamie visits hundreds of worlds with hundreds of societies, some pleasant, some hostile, never allowed to stay long enough to make a home, holding on to just the tiniest hope that he will return Home someday.

The characters were a little less interesting than I remember, but there is certainly an identifiable amount of diversity, which is somewhat atypical of a kids book of the time.