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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Dystopian Novel The Guardians

The Guardians offer a science fiction novel written by the well-known British author John Christopher, who is famous for his science fiction narratives. The book Guardians remains one among his many dystopian books and also won the annual Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

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Author: John Christopher

Genres: Science fiction, Children’s literature, Dystopian fiction

Pages: 156

Good reads rating: 3.67 of 5

My Ratings: 7.3 of 10

Published: 2014 (1st publication 1970)

Publisher: Aladdin

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Dystopian Novel The Guardians

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The author set the book in future dystopia year 2052 in England, evident of two separate societies. One is the Conurb-consisting of modern, highly populated fancy cities where the technology rules and the people earn hand to mouth. The other being the County-the land of noblemen with their green fields, countrysides, big and beautiful mansions possessing titles and statuses as a heritage. The story revolves around an orphan Conurb boy named Rob Randall who lives in a country where two nations rule, experiencing life in both societies.

The story starts with the suspicious death of Rob’s father, who was an electrician by profession, leaving Rob as an orphan as his mother died many years ago. He became temporarily nurtured by one of his dad’s co-workers and friends until he joined a state boarding school.

Rob wants to escape and his plan received a breakthrough when he discovered from his mother’s letters that she belonged to a noble family of the County. In search of a connection to his mother and to run away from his situation, he finally sneaks into the County through the Barrier. The Barrier separates the two societies but remains hidden for a long time. A county boy almost his age named Mike Gifford noticed him.

To what he expected, Mike offered empathy towards Rob. He helped him hide and looked after him, providing him with food and blankets from his own residence. Eventually, all of this became noticed by Mike’s mother and she came to know about Rob. Rob was not ready to return to the Conurbs, and she came up with a solution. She introduced Rob as a far off relative from Nepal and letting him stay with the Gifford’s.

After some days, a rebellion began, but they had put the revolt down. After all this chaos, Mike disappears. One night Mike visited Rob and asked his help to sneak to the Conurbs as the Counties were after him because of his revolutionaries. Rob helped him and Mike offers Rob to join them when he was ready.

Final Say on The Dystopian Novel The Guardians

The author placed an exceptional effort into this book with all its twists and turns, increasing the reader’s curiosity and interest. The story although didn’t get a satisfying absolute end, but it embodied all the philosophical questions that Christopher explores in his book. I would highly recommend this novel. I rate this novel a 7.3 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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