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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Then you make one for yourself, exert effort to bounsers where you want to go. But it changes the rules for the way that our reality works, or suggests that it could. Jun 06, martha rated bojnders liked it Shelves: This is quite possibly her best book. Clinging to Their promise that if he can get Home he is free, he becomes the unwilling Random Factor in an endless game of chance. 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.

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homewatd Still a children’s book but there is a sadness and deep meaning inside I can’t seem to comprehend. Intrigued, he tries to investigate further and gets pulled into the great game.

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 to wonder the different worlds in which they play as a Bounder. Views Read Edit View history. Showing of 29 reviews. Jones has filled the story with ideas about war and slaves and otherness whether from a deformity or created by class difference. Kirkus Reviews considered it to be “elaborate and intricate” and a “chilly scenario”, recommending it for “admirers of cerebral puzzle-fantasy”.

They are not going to allow bounsers to remain together without a fight. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Dark Lord of Derkholm Year of the Griffin As with Fire and Hemlock you may have to read the ending twice to figure out exactly how it all played out.


The trials are not for nothing and the people suffering them learn to adjust, though it leaves scars and yearnings they will never shake.

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Who hasn’t wondered about that at some point in their life? He is alone for a great deal of his homewarr and that loneliness comes off the page and affects the reader. This is a book that I very much loved as a kid, and rereading as an adult, I still find the plot and the twiststhe shout-outs to mythology, and the twisty nature of reality as presented in this story to be completely gripping.

Homeeward story grows even more interesting as he encounters new travelers. The Magicians by Lev Grossman Review: She was friends with homewadd McKinley and Gaiman, and Jones and Gaiman are fans of each other’s work; she dedicated her novel Hexwood to him after something he said in conversation inspired a key part of the plot.

The protagonist, Jamie Hamilton, is a compelling character. Diana Wynne Jones has a real talent for inventing worlds and telling a story.

GOD I love this writer. Fantasy Thriller Young Adult Fiction. May 06, Alex Ankarr rated it it was amazing Shelves: The revelation of how They are playing their game and what it will take for Jamie and the others to defeat them is complicated, typical for a DWJ novel. It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies; sex, politics, and news.

Aug 07, Anna Hepworth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Trivia About The Homeward Boun So we have a nice narration, interesting variety of worlds and characters, a well-woven plot and a need to read on to find out what exactly is going on. A great book for readers of all ages, adventurous and haunting. Jamie is a strong-minded, no-nonsense troublemaker – not the sort of hero we are used from Diana Wynne Jones, but one that makes perfect sense for this story.


He has no Home to go to. Her first book was a novel for adults published by Macmillan inentitled Changeover.

Review of The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones

And of course, fans of other books by Diana Wynne Jones will like The Homeward Bounders as well, even if you might have to do a bit of searching to find it. It can take more than one read through to get all the insight but it is well worth it. I wish I could meet her someday, but I don’t really know what I would say. Jamie awakens, alone, and realizes that Adam and Vanessa’s world is his Home, only years too late – he recognizes a photo of Adam and Vanessa’s grandmother when she was young; it was his little sister, grown up.

I think it is boynders of Jones’s best actually. Great kids book, with enough good writing and magical themes gomeward adults who like the genera. Open Preview See a Problem? Only principles and natural laws. Now, don’t get me wrong – it was fascinating.

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The Homeward Bounders

Both bore him silly. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Since his home is gone, he chooses to continue to wander through the worlds, so as to keep The Real Place in all the worlds, not just in one place, as They did.

The book starts with Jamie in the headquarters of Themtelling his story into a computer, which is printing out his words. While the other bounderw have supernatural abilities that let them fight their unseen enemy, Adam and his sister provide support in other ways, particularly through knowledge. Yet, even so, I never got fully invested in this.