Heartsease

At a future time in England when anyone knowledgeable about machines is severely punished as a witch, four children dare to aid in the escape of a witch left for dead.
Heartsease At a future time in England when anyone knowledgeable about machines is severely punished as a witch four children dare to aid in the escape of a witch left for dead

  • Title: Heartsease
  • Author: Peter Dickinson
  • ISBN: 9780385294515
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Heartsease”

    1. The Apocalypse! Now! With English Children on Ponies!Five years after the Changes affected England, the new way of life seems almost normal to children who were very young when the shift occurred. Margaret rarely thinks about how things used to be, and she shares the antipathy to and suspicion of technology and machines that has come over Britain, although she doesn't feel it as strongly as some do. When a foreign 'witch' (actually an American intelligence agent) that her village stoned turns ou [...]

    2. This is the second book in Dickinson's Changes trilogy. The first book, The Devil's Children, took place immediately after the Changes that caused almost all inhabitants of England to hate and fear machinery. Now, in Heartsease, England has been plunged deeply into a pre-industrial state, and all complex machines are regarded as the work of the devil. This spells bad news for an American who's been sent into the country to investigate the Changes; he is stoned as a witch and left to die. Fortuna [...]

    3. Five years after The Changes have left England without all but the simplest machines, a witch is stoned to death in a small village. But a group of kids find he is hanging on to life, and they cook up a scheme to spirit him across the Channel to France, which remains unaffected. Lots and lots of details about canal locks, pulleys, sledges, and other mechanical bits and pieces that some will find fascinating. Well-drawn characters, particularly the technology-obsessed Nicholas and our hero, Marga [...]

    4. Liked finding out more about life after the Changes - but was disappointed that we didn't really get to know Otto. I suppose we got our ration of the external view of the Changes in The Weathermonger. I have to say the twist at the end is clever, but it left me feeling cheated.

    5. When I read this, I didn't realize that it was a trilogy. Normally I like to read books in order. Anyway, it was excellent!

    6. read this as a child and it had a massive impact on me to the point that I still remember it but I want to re read it to see if it still will

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