Review: ‘The Deserter’ by Peadar O. Guilin

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Deserter’ by Peadar O. GuilinThe Deserter by Peadar Ó Guilín
Published by David Fickling Books on May 5th, 2011
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
The humans are weak and vulnerable. Soon the beasts that share their stone-age world will kill and eat them. To save his tribe, Stopmouth must make his way to the Roof, the mysterious hi-tech world above the surface.

But the Roof has its own problems. The nano technology that controls everything from the environment to the human body is collapsing. A virus has already destroyed the Upstairs, sending millions of refugees to seek shelter below. And now a rebellion against the Commission, organized by the fanatical Religious, is about to break.

Hunted by the Commission's Elite Agents through the overcrowded, decaying city of the future, Stopmouth must succeed in a hunt of his own: to find the secret power hidden in the Roof's computerized brain, and return to his people before it is too late.

Peadar Ó Guilín has followed his extraordinary debut The Inferior with an equally original and pulse-racing sequel in which human primitivism collides with futuristic technology.

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Stopmouth is back and is in dire need of answers. His goal? To save his tribe, and to find his wife who has gone missing. In order to do that, he must head to the Roof. While there, he finds a boy and an old woman and together they journey to places where not only aliens are chained, but humans as well.

Now I haven’t read the first book but I was surprised when I started reading that I didn’t really need the first one in order to understand what was going on. Stopmout’s wife has been in hiding and he has to get richer before his tribe all but dies on the surface.

If there’s a trophy for world building in a novel, I bet you The Deserter would take a nomination. The world is at a loss. There are species of different aliens crawling all over trying to survive. There’s a roof that controls the home of the remaining humans and they’re all kept in the dark by their government (as usual).

Although in this story it has as much truth that is damaging to the characters as always because now they have to stop them. The clever virtual environment called Roofspace where people dream away their realities was not original but highly clever. Really clever world building, I can’t stress that enough. Read it and you won’t be disappointed!


But Hiresh couldn’t find it in himself to resent him. Seeing Stopmouth hunt and kill on the surface was one thing; having him here beside you, so gentle and supportive, so…so innocent—was quite another. How could that be possible? (111)





  1. Jaime Lester

    June 29, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I… Um, I love awesome world-building! And with such complex worlds, it always amazes me when an author can make it seems so real. Like we could live there. But other than that, I don’t know if this is a book that I would enjoy. Maybe? Maybe it is one that I would just have to give a chance, and I would end up loving it? Who knows, unless I try it for myself, huh?

  2. Grace Lo

    October 27, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    I love getting sucked into a book with good world-building! And a cannibalistic protagonist? I’m intrigued by how he would play into the story. Great review!

  3. Megan K.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I saw the cover! I love your review about it. I’m all for complex world building in books, so I might enjoy this. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jamie

    March 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Sounds like a must read… Thank you.

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