Un Lun Dun
by China Miéville
Cover Artist: August Hall
Review by Gayle Surrette
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345495167
Date: 13 February, 2007 List Price $17.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Un Lun Dun is a topsy-turvy London with a twist of the surreal. It has ninja dustbins, a tailor with a pincushion head, extreme librarians, black window spiders, vicious giraffes, true conductors, and a bridge between any two places. Like Alice, Zanna and Deeba manage to find their way into this world but find the real trick is to survive to get out again. Of course, China Miéville wrote this story so we know it's not going to be a simple quest by the girls to return home. No, it's much, much more than that. From official release/information:
From back of book: Part Alice in Wonderland, part The Phantom Tollbooth, this new novel takes readers into the life of a twelve-year-old London girl named Deeba, who finds her way into a funhouse version of her home city--a place of animated umbrellas, milk cartons, and trash monsters, as well as killer giraffes, ghost children, talking books, and flying double-decker buses.
A choking black smog is taking over Un Lun Dun, and Deeba just might be the only hope for survival. The problem is that her friend Zanna is supposed to the The Chosen One--prophesied to save London and Un Lun Dun from the greatest threat they've ever encountered. But when Zanna is put out of commission, the question arises: Why are people so ready to accept their supposed fates before they even happened?
(Source: Del Rey)