The Wind Singer is part of a trilogy. The protagonist is called Kestrel and she lives in a dystopian world. Where you live depends on how well you do in tests. If you do well, you get to live in a really nice house. If you don’t do very well, you live in a really small and run down house. Kestrel was born into a family of rebels and that behaviour rubbed off on her. One day, she decides to go to the wind singer (a statue in Aramanth which is where she lives) and climb on top of it in protest. When she’s up there, she notices a little hole. An official sees her up there and asks her what she’s doing. She says ‘Pongo’ to the official which is probably a bad word in Aramanth. She eventually does come down and she goes home. She asks her dad to tell her the myth of the wind singer again even though she’s heard it tons of times before. Her father told her the myth and something in it excited her. The people of Aramanth had taken the voice out of the wind singer to give to the Zars so that they wouldn’t destroy Aramanth. She remembered that hole she had seen and suddenly realised that it was true! But because Kestrel had climbed on the wind singer, she had to be punished. She started to run away from the marshals, and ran up a tower. The marshals had followed her and she realised that she was stuck. She saw a door and hoped that it would open. Unfortunately it didn’t. She could hear boots stomping up the stairs. Suddenly, she heard the sound of a latch opening and as soon as the door was open she went in. The room she was in was the Emperor’s who nobody had seen in years. He gave Kestrel a map and told her to go and rescue the voice of the wind singer. The rest of the book is how Kestrel, Mumpo ( a friend from school) and Bowman ( her brother ) find and rescue the voice of the wind singer. On their quest, they run into a lot of people. Good or bad, you will see…
This book is excellent and is full of suspense. I would recommend it for people who are 9 or 10 +. Adults will probably enjoy this book as well and also read with children who are under 10.
If you do decide to get this book, I hope you enjoy it.
By Chloë Willoughby
3 thoughts on “The Wind Singer”
Your critique makes it sound fast and furious and very exciting. I like happy endings, so although it may start out in a dystopian world, I hope that in the end it turns utopian!
Well nothing can really be Utopian, but it certainly ends better than it starts
Cynic – you wait and see what the world feels like when you fall in love!