North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Part 2 of Peterson's trilogy on the Igiby children.
In part 1 Peterson tries too hard to be off the wall and fantastical. It got in the way of the story often. That continues somewhat in part two, introducing new characters and creatures at break-neck pace, for instance. But it isn't as bad, and the plot gets way more compelling. I'm glad I stuck with it.
There are several biblical echoes in the plot and character development: death and resurrection, Messiah figures, exile, restoring kingdoms, etc.
Recurring themes: dealing with frustration with siblings, protecting those you love, courage in hard times, consequences for past failings, extending forgiveness and kindness.
The Podo character is magnetic.
You can find some of Peterson's music on Youtube for free...
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