The above thought by Mau sums up the theme of this book on survival. Several natural disasters change the lives of many people in Nation by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins 2008). Mau has gone to the Boy's Island to become a man, but after the big wave, no one of the nation is waiting for him when he gets home. He does however find a girl, the sole survivor of the ship that wrecked on his island. And then there are those searching for the 139th heir, since the king and everyone else in between has died from plague. And that's only a hint of what's going to happen.
This moving, funny story will not disappoint. And if you haven't come across Mr. Pratchett's Tiffany Aching or humorous Discworld stories, you should check them out too. www.terrypratchettbooks.com
Thanks, Jenn, for the loan of this book.