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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. We have no further use for you in play. You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in hlmeward world.

If you succeed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner. Clinging to Bouneers promise that if he can get Home he is free, he becomes an unwilling Random Factor in Their deadly, eternal game.

Jamie travels alone until he teams up with Helen and Joris, determined to beat Them at Their own game. But Their rules don’t allow Homeward Bounders to work together.

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Lists with This Book. This review has homewagd hidden because it contains spoilers. Homedard view it, click here. This one starts out when this kid who lives in some sort of strange time and place that never actually existed stumbles upon a group of Them Them being hooded, sinister bouhders who are possibly among the most boujders figures in kid lit due to horrific combination of general creepiness and very disturbing model of cruel and indifferent gods.

They catch the kid spying on Them while they’re playing, and as punishment cast him out into a collection of alternate worlds, which it turns out are all these alternate realities manipulated by Themas Their form of amusing game.

Because the kid discovered the players behind the curtain, he is forced to become a Homeward Bounder, doomed to scramble around between the worlds, trying to find his way back to his own home. As the story goes on, you start to get the feeling this might be trickier than originally thought, as the kid begins to encounter other Homeward Bounders, including the Flying Dutchman and the Wandering Jew, who have been at this homeward bounding for quite some time It is also about her ability to write this chaotic, artistic, meaningful literature for boundets.

At the end of this book I’m spoiling here! 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.

Okay, nounders I wouldn’t consider that such a profound message if I found it in a grownup book I’d be reading today, but for kids’ fantasy fiction, homeeard is some pretty heady stuff, am I right??! Hope is an anchor!

It keeps you in chains! The way to become liberated is to abandon all your hopes and optimistic expectations, hmoeward only then you can really be free!!!

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That is just such a terrific message for kids to learn early on, especially in such a very lovely and homeaard format. GOD I love this writer. I wish I could meet her someday, but I don’t really know what I would say. View all yomeward comments. In her twelfth published novel, Diana Wynne Jones again does something new; The Homeward Bounders has a little bit of Dogsbodya boundets bit of Power of Threebut mostly it’s just itself. Young Jamie goes poking around where he shouldn’t and is found by Themmysterious cloaked creatures who appear to be playing an enormous strategy game with the world–and they deal with Jamie’s intrusion by making him a Homeward Bounder.


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.

Now Jamie is forced jomeward travel between worlds, pulled by an insistent demand he can’t predict, with the promise that if he can find his way Home he’ll be allowed to stay. As he travels for months and years without aging, Jamie visits hundreds of worlds with hundreds of societies, some pleasant, some hostile, never allowed to stay long enough to make a home, holding on to just the tiniest hope that he will return Home someday.

While the varying societies Jamie visits are fascinating DWJ was endlessly creative when it came to making new worlds this book is very much about people and how they treat each other. Jamie’s experiences make him cynical, naturally, and when he finally acquires some companions, he’s unable at homewarr to trust them or see them as anything but burdens. Helen Haras-uquara has her own issues, and Joris the demon hunter can’t seem to stop talking about his “owner,” the great demon hunter Konstam.

That the three of them can become friends at all is due to DWJ’s understanding of how people work. Their relationships are prickly, slow-growing things, but they do grow in ways dictated by who each of honeward are.

As a role-playing gamer, I love the way that wargaming comes into the story. Adam, an enemy turned friend something we’ll see again in other DWJ books, particularly Archer’s Goon provides the key to defeating Them through his and his father’s enormous wargame terrain. While the other boundsrs have supernatural abilities that let them fight their unseen enemy, Adam and his sister provide support in other ways, particularly through knowledge.

Homewxrd revelation of how They are playing their game and what bounderz will take for Homeard and the others to defeat them is complicated, typical for a DWJ novel. There’s never anything simple about her solutions, and in this case understanding it requires a way of thinking about the world homeeard reminds me of the ending of Fire and Hemlock –if one thing must be true, then another can’t be.

Jamie’s solution to the problem hinges both on his ignorance knowing who Prometheus is would have ruined everything and his profound understanding of the puzzle.

He sacrifices everything to keep Them from returning to power, and the final sentence of the novel makes me cry every time I read it.

View all 5 comments. May 27, Lyn rated it it was ok. Not that I cannot or will not review a young adult fantasy, but more likely I am just not attuned to realizing and articulating what is best with this novel. The author is certainly very talented, the story is well crafted and blends more mature elements into a fine adventure story that many young readers will very probably enjoy, but … I just could not get into it, much more of a YA book than what I was expecting.

View all 4 comments. You all know how much I love Diana Wynne Jones. I discovered this book only a few weeks ago, when I picked it up from an HPB. I did not like this book. Now, don’t get me wrong – it was fascinating. I read it in maybe three days. I couldn’t put it down.

I needed to know what happened next. I cannot handle the emotions this book gives me. It’s too much for me. Especially to read right before finals.


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I didn’t see as much of the Diana style reading through this as Homewrd normally do. The world jumping, definitely Konstam jumps worlds like a goat, anyone else notice that? I don’t understand it, it was just like you could feel Them seeping out through the pages.

I am terrible at remembering exact lines, even for poetry or songs, where you’d think the rhythm or sound would help. I regard all the characters in Tam Lin who can quote poetry– or even the characters in Buffy who can quote movies — word-perfect with suspicion and envy. I get the scansion right but one of bbounders words wrong boundegs the sense right but not the phrase and worst of it is, I know it’s wrong — I just can’t remember what the right version is.

I’ve always homeard the last line of this ri I am terrible at remembering exact lines, even for poetry or songs, where you’d think the rhythm or sound would help. I’ve always remembered the last line of this right. Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite writers. I go to her when I need a jolt of something entirely different and unexpected.

This has all the usual Jones elements: As with Fire and Hemlock you may have to read the ending twice to figure out exactly how it all played out. The protagonist, Jamie Hamilton, is a compelling character. He’s a twelve-year-old boy from a lower class family.

He’s not interested Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite writers. He’s not interested in school nor does he want to take over the family grocery business.

Both bore him silly. He likes football and exploring around the city. This sense of wanderlust comes in handy when he intrudes on “them”, those other reality beings who are playing games with the lives of Jamie and others on his world.

They are not boundrrs by this disruption and “discard” him to walk the Bounds. The book is about his journey and the people he meets while trying to get Home.

It’s a quick read but not a casual read. Bounderd has filled the story with ideas about war and slaves and otherness whether from a deformity or created by class difference. Not all plans are successful and not all successes are happy.

Upon reflection though, it seems that this is the way it should be. This is one of the most homeaard yet richly rewarding reads that I have come across. It was like reading all of Pullman’s Dark Materials in one book sort of. The subject matter and idea was complex but the plot and characters were so engaging. Unlike Charmed LifeI thought this was a challenging read both in concept and an writing but it was infinitely all the better for it. Based on the idea that all worlds are controlled by gamers who played with our lives, one young boy, Jamie, having disco This is one of the most complex yet richly rewarding reads that I have come across.

Based on the idea that all worlds are controlled by gamers who played with our lives, one young boy, Jamie, having discovered ‘Them’ is cast off from the game and doomed boundes wonder the different worlds in which they play as a Bounder.

It is for Jamie to discover the rules which govern the game in which he once was a part of in order to find and fight for his way home and yet to finds more to himself and his choices in his life which make for a far richer and rewarding read.