The world is drowning.
Freak storms and devastating hurricanes sweep across the countryside. No one has enough food or firewood—electricity is an option only for the tyrannical Commander—and then the Commander begins stealing young children away. Pup's little brother is one of the missing.
Determined to save his brother, Pup confronts the Commander and finds himself “volunteered” for a special force. One that will slip through the barriers of time into a land where the sun never sets . . . just as another boy from Kinvara did long ago. With the future of both realms at stake, the fairies and humans must take drastic measures to stop the destruction. But not everyone wants the human race to survive. . . .
The thrilling conclusion to the story that began in the acclaimed The New Policeman.
This concluding volume in a trilogy that began with Thompson's beguiling The New Policeman blends Irish mythology with a compelling if slightly message-heavy story about global warming. Readers of the previous books are the best audience, as Thompson provides little summary. It's decades in the future and the Liddy kids are now senior citizens, except for Jenny, a changeling, who returned to her fairy homeland in The Last of the High Kings. Devastating storms have wrecked Earth and the economy; Jenny's older brothers, Aidan and Donal, survive but are at odds. Aidan has hoarded supplies and commands an army; Donal is his general but has a hidden agenda. As Aidan's stores run low, he hatches a plan to steal from the fairies. The action alternates between T' r na n' g, where the sun always shines and no one is hungry, and the ravaged earth. Thompson considers many modern ills the immigration issue is raised when the fairy king objects to streams of "ploddies" seeking refuge. But weighty concerns are balanced by humor, and the story ends on a hopeful note about the planet's ultimate resilience. Ages 12 up.