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No night lasts forever....

Centuries after the civilized world destroyed itself in a dimly-remembered final war, a few rebels courageously searched through the shattered cities - trying to regain old knowledge.

One was Fors - driven from his clan for the crime of being a mutant. Though his people had long searched the remnants of the old world to regain the knowledge and skills of their ancestors, the land to the north was forbidden. Having nothing to lose, Pars and his feline companion set out to the north, little realizing what a staggering discovery they would make.

Elsewhere, Sander also searched for the Before People who were said to have survived the great devastation. Then he encountered Fanyl, engaged in her own quest for the knowledge of the Before People. And soon they would find themselves threatened by an ancient evil which destroyed not just lives, but minds as well....

©2003 Andre Norton; Daybreak—2250 a.d. (also published as Star Man's Son) copyright 1952 by Harcourt, Brace & Co.; No Night Without Stars copyright 1975 by Andre Norton (P)2022 Tantor

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One of my favorite books as a child

I am really glad that Audible finally published these two books as an audio book. The first book was known as "Daybreak 2250 AD" and "Star Man's Son". It was originally published in 1954. This is the book that I loved as a youth. The second book, "No Night Without Stars", was published in 1975. I don't ever remember reading this book, so it was nice to have a new one to listen to. I am guessing that Word War 2 and the atomic bomb greatly influenced these books.

Both books are post apocalyptic with the coming of age of youth in a world that had been destroyed by weapons of mass destruction and dramatically changed. Because of the poisons and radiation people and creatures have mutated. Like many of Norton's books both stories have telepathic communication with animals who are travelling companions. They seek for the knowledge of the "Old Ones" but also don't want to repeat their mistakes.

If you are an Andre Norton fan you will like these, but the style of writing is different from what you would expect today. Still they are good, but understanding the time period in which they were written will help in appreciating the books even more.

I originally didn't like the narrator, but by the end I thought she was okay; however, I think a good male narrator would have been better since the main characters in both books were male.