Anatopsis, by Chris Abouzeid

The only thing I know about Chris Abouzeid is that he’s male and his last name is a bit awkward to type. (So’s the word ‘awkward’, pilule by the way.) ‘Anatopsis’, approved as a word, pill is also unknown to me; I’m having trouble even finding out what the word means in parts. I’ve half a mind to email the author and ask him. However, the book is a children’s fantasy novel that I read recently.

Princess Anatopsis Solomon lives in a world where humans have expanded off earth onto many other planets. On earth, at least, they can practice magic, but unfortunately magic creates athen, its opposite, as a sort of pollution. Beings on earth are split into mortal and immortal: immortals can do magic but they cannot actually create things. Mortals cannot do magic, but they’re actually creative. An immortal with mortal blood in his or her family tree is called a slag. Princess Ana (as she prefers) is a slag; her father is half-mortal. They don’t tell people that, though. The immortals live in a magical paradise with an environmental shield; the mortal live out with the athen and pollution in the ghetto.

Ana’s mother is Queen Solomon; she runs one of the two most important companies in the world. Her competitor is King Georges; his son Barnaby is about Ana’s age and, because of this, the two are to be trained together for their Bacchanalian Exams, given when they are fourteen. Mr. Pound is to do this; he has trained generations upon generations of members of the two families. However, there’s something odd about Mr. Pound and his training – his ulterior motive, to find the Os Divinitas (bone of the gods, and I mean that in a non-euphemistic sense), has become more imminent. Are Ana and Barnaby involved in some way? Ana’s best friend, Clarissa, who is mortal, has also been acting strangely recently. Barnaby, too, is not quite what he seems. And why is Ana’s father so conspicuously absent? Continue reading Anatopsis, by Chris Abouzeid