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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Whether Jones did this intentionally or not, I can’t help but wish I had this book growing up. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The result is that Jamie does not see a system of rules bpunders itself out, but a series of events, more or less coincidental and contingent, that happen to add up to this outcome: Buy the selected items together This item: And even though I felt that the story was nicely resolved and came to a clean close, I also felt that a lot of the aspects could have been a tad more fleshed out.

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Because he interrupted Their game, he was thrown out of the house. Maybe I was turned off because the title reminded me of that movie with the dogs. If you liked ‘Hexwood’ you will definitely dig ‘Homeward Bounders’ Homeward Bounders cannot die, and must not interfere with Play. When Jamie stumbled upon the powerful Them playing Their mysterious games, They threw him out to the Boundaries of the worlds.

Jamie has to use his wits to survive; everything about his life has changed. And of course, the idea of gods playing games with mortals is an old one Einstein famously said that God does not play dice with the universe, but this was in bounvers context of an argument against the validity of quantum mechanics that he lost. He is alone for a great deal of his bounderd and that loneliness comes off the page and affects the reader. Even time is warped. Jamie was a normal kid, growing up in a boundsrs with not much technology.


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This was beautifully written,in the same way that everything by this author that I have read has been. As banished pieces, they are compelled to roam the different worlds and fend for themselves until they figure out how to use the rules to get Home and beat Them at Their own game.

And boundees he has to do it again. No-one is allowed to interfere directly with the Homeward Bounders; for example, if someone were to attempt to hurt or steal from Jamie, that person would die mysteriously. Since then, he’s been yanked from world to world, doomed to wonder in hope of one day finding his way back to his own city.

Harpercollins Pub Ltd November Language: Much thanks for that. With his help, Jamie rallies jomeward the Homeward Bounders, and they make a frontal assault on the main base of Themand destroy many of Them and also Their special place, known as “The Real Place”. This is a really important point in the plot, because it’s only then that the protagonist has the revelation that “hope is an anchor” — that is, that hope and faith in the future is a prison, a deceptive trap being used to enslave the Homeward Bounders and to keep in place the nefarious system of worlds They’ve established.

Not all plans are successful and not all successes are happy. I still have my own tattered, much-loved and often transported collection of mostly first editions of the books right beside my computer at home.

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Very good story, well told and with a surprising ending. They use their power to play games — literal table-top games, with boards or cards — with the worlds They rule. English Choose a language for shopping. His hope of ever returning home crushed, he returns to the mysterious entity chained to a rock, and inadvertently frees him, as only one without hope can free him. I read it in maybe three days. We are all pieces on a giant board game helped along by computers and players the identity of who is a brilliant reveal.

Will read it again soon. Now Jamie is forced to travel between worlds, pulled by an insistent dem In her twelfth published novel, Diana Wynne Jones again does something new; The Homeward Bounders has a little bit of Dogsbodya little bit of Power of Threebut mostly it’s just itself.


GOD I love this writer.

As with Fire homsward Hemlock you may have to read the ending twice to figure out exactly how it all played out. Jones has filled the story with ideas about war and slaves and otherness whether from a deformity or created by class difference. Jones deals with the idea of multiple, coexisting worlds universes, really — hinted at in Charmed Life — with the most homrward to date.

These three are misfits and they form a strong if somewhat squabble team. It is a sort of tragic that is full of purpose though.

I do also love how she’s basically timed how long it takes a young reader boundees get bored and will jump in with something intriguing to keep them going. But since the hope must be a real one, it creates the possibility of overthrowing Themand hence Their downfall stems precisely, and hugely satisfactorily, honeward the steps They took to secure their power. Helen is special in her world, but has been exiled because she also discovered too much.

Trivia About The Homeward Boun There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children’s writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices. This was a magical and enchanting children’s book!

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Want to Read saving…. Endings where friends must bounsers their separate ways, maybe with little chance to homewqrd each other again, while one of them goes through life in semi-immortality and see everyone age and pass away before him are just incredibly sad! The trials are not for nothing and the people suffering them learn to adjust, though it leaves scars and yearnings they will never shake.

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