Well, now I’m officially out of Terry Pratchett books to read. I was hoarding this one for a rainy day, just like for several years I refused to read Curtain and Nemesis by Agatha Christie since I wanted to save them until I was on my deathbed, but then I thought to myself, what if I accidentally die? Then I’ll never be able to read the last Poirot and Ms. Marple books. So while I wait for my pre-ordered copy of Snuff to arrive (what? You don’t pre-order books by Terry Pratchett? What are you doing?) I read Nation, secure in the knowledge that there’s another Pratchett book coming.
I didn’t realize that this was a young adult book, which means that I expected more from it. But it’s very good for a YA book, and certainly more suitable than some other entries in that category (I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw R.A. Salvatore’s first two Drizzt trilogies filed in the YA section). Sadly, a moderately well-read person should probably skip this book, it will tread some extremely well-trodden ground. Cynics should also skip this book because the ending will evoke an automatic “Yeah right things would never have worked out that way” response.
It’s well written and would be a decent gift for a tween age kid, or some obsessed Pratchett fan who just has to read all of his books (what are you looking at?), if you are neither, skip it.