Welcome to the Obernewtyn Chronicles Reading Marathon 2012 introduction post! If you’re new to the series, you’re in for a treat. If, like me, you’ve been reading it since Obernewtyn first came out in the late 80s and you’ve been waiting FOREVER for the final book, this is a great opportunity to re-read the books in preparation for the release of The Red Queen, currently scheduled for September 2013. So, even though it won’t be available for this challenge, we Obernewtyn fans know what waiting is all about, so a gap of another year won’t make much difference (though I was hoping this read-along would also be a celebration of finally, finally, finishing the series!).
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, here’s the synopsis from book 1:
In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh and secretive. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilized or burned if discovered, it is also fraught with danger. There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to demonstrate her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their distribution inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules and controls the Land with sadistic intentions.
Sent to the remote mountain institute of Obernewtyn where escape is impossible, she must throw off her safe cloak of concealment and pit herself against those who would resurrect the terrible forces of the Apocalypse.
Only then will she learn most truly who and what she is…
Wow that really doesn’t do it justice!
This is a hugely evolving story, and each book takes you deeper and farther into the post-nuclear disaster world – it’s a fascinating world too, especially as it’s partly reverted back to a Middle Ages-like era, and no history of the Time Before has been retained. Just please, please don’t call this “dystopian”! It really doesn’t fit that sub-genre. I’ve always considered it Fantasy, but the futuristic setting and some other points sees it labelled Science Fiction.
I was originally going to have this read-along run from June to December so that the last book would definitely be out, but after Penguin Australia informed me it had been pushed back, we can do the six (or seven, for North American readers) books anytime we like! But we do want flow, so I’m structuring this like the Harry Potter one:
JULY: The Farseekers
SEPTEMBER: The Keeping Place
OCTOBER: The Stone Key (U.S. & Canada readers: Wavesong and The Stone Key)
NOVEMBER: The Sending
[2013: The Red Queen]
As far as I can tell, it doesn’t look like the U.S. publisher is splitting the last two books, but The Sending hasn’t been made available in North America yet so it’s hard to tell. It should definitely be out in time for this challenge, though.
So, are you interested? First timers and long-standing fans alike, let’s read!