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Started out with a story line much like another book that I love, but turned out somewhat differently Read City of Ember and that series. Great book to use as a springboard for teaching about world cultures peculiar, but interesting. [Read] ♖ Journey Outside ♕ Grandfather Said They Were Headed For The Better Place, But Dilar Suspected They Were Headed Nowhere, Simply Following The Dark Underground River Blindly And So One Night He Leaped Onto A Shelf Of Rock And Watched The Flotilla Of The Raft People Disappear And From There He Found His Way Outside, Into A World So Beautiful And Strange He Could Only Suppose He Had Died A World Of Day, And Sun, Of Trees And Sky Can you imagine never having seen green Dilar impulsively abandons, for a time, his raft, leaving behind the primitive River People Emerging from a mountain top, Dilar s senses are flooded with the wondrous landscape spreading before him He journeys widely discovering a world previously unimagined while searching for the answer to the question that nags him Is this the Better Place his people dream of We catch a glimpse of the familiar through the eyes of an innocent as we share in Dilar s awakening. Rated G THIS WAS WEIRD It was seriously trippy As the back says, it can be an allegory, a fantasy, an adventure and all at the same time It is a truly bizarre but oddly interesting story of a boy s search for a Better Place for himself and his family. At first, I thought this was going to be a interesting book A group of people living their lives on a bunch of rafts on a river going in circles in a dark tunnel Definitely a dystopia.Then it changed pretty quickly, and the boy left his surroundings and discovered a new place He wanted to bring his people there Then he discovered that that place had some serious problems as well So he found a new place Then another new place Then another new place.So really this book is five dystopias in one, but it doesn t give any of them enough time except possibly the not people who really don t need any time Either way, I actually think this book could have been interesting if it was longer. Interesting story about a boy who lives underground on a raft with his father and grandfather and their people He decides to explore the world and meets many different types of people Enjoyable and different. I m not certain what to think of this book It was okay, but nothing original or special to get excited about, and I didn t really like or relate to the characters. The Raft People have been floating down an underground river for generations, but Dilar dreams of If that sounds good to you, then you are the weirdo that this book is looking for.Dilar escapes the Raft People and travels through a series of weird societies Each society has quirks relating to some form of willful ignorance and some form of seeking peace It reminds some readers of Gulliver s Travels, which is fair, but it reminds me a bit of The Little Prince in its focus on the human condition The microcosmic cultures remind me of the works of Jack Vance, and the refusal to judge them reminds me of Ursula K Le Guin.I loved Steele s pacing Each setting gets just enough attention to make me ask questions, then it s off to the next enigma Some people complain that the setting changes too quickly, but I disagree If there was an extra 20 pages in each section, we all be sick of it I do agree, though, that the ending felt a bit abrupt If this novel came out today, the publisher would probably require her to tack on at least 50 pages of resolution As it is, it cuts out barely a page after the climax.Weird in all the right ways. The story of a tween or teen who becomes dissatisfied with the lifestyle of his people As a member of The Raft People, Dilar floats along on an underground raft with his family and friends on rafts close by One day Dilar sees a cliff outcropping and on a whim, jumps off his father s raft He finds the way to the outside world and has many adventures and makes many discoveries.The only fault I have with the book is that it ends with Dilar just beginning his voyage back to the hill from whence he came I would have liked to see the return journey, his people s reaction to his wild tales of the outside world and their decisions afterwards.My favorite quote Vigan Nothing is harder to believe than the truth If it weren t so, all men would be good and kind and wise and happy p 139That needs some pondering on