In an enormous department store (Arnold Bros, est 1905) , beneath the floorboards and inside the walls, live teeny tiny people. Humans have no idea that these people, the nomes, live there, and because humans are so slow (and slow-witted, according to the nomes), they have no idea that the little people not only exist, but that they are living entirely on the bounty of the merchandise of Arnold Bros (est 1905).
Meanwhile, there is a small group of nomes who live Outside. Their numbers have decreased over the years, and now they are composed of a group of elderly nomes and two younger nomes, Masklin, who's been hunting to provide food for everyone, and Grimma, a young woman who does her best to take care of the group. But food grows more and more scarce, and finally Masklin realizes they risk starvation if they remain where they are. It is time to move on.
When a group of nomes from the mythical Outside shows up at Arnold Bros (est 1905), no one knows what to think. It hardly seems possible - after all, Arnold Bros (est 1905) is their entire world. The store nomes don't know it yet, but the arrival of the outsiders is just the beginning of enormous changes that are about to happen. Masklin just wants to find a safe place for his little group - the last thing he wants is to be responsible for more nomes than he knew even existed in the world. But it doesn't appear he's going to have much choice in the matter.
I can honestly say I've never a read book by Terry Pratchett that I haven't enjoyed, and this one is no exception. There is humor, as always, and wonderful characters, interesting predicaments, and a bit of social commentary. It is an excellent opening book to the trilogy, and I look forward to reading the second book soon.
Books in the Bromeliad trilogy:
Truckers (#1 in the Bromeliad trilogy) by Terry Pratchett (Corgi Books, 2004)
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