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Survival -- Fiction
The Shrinehouse is a short fantasy of about 10,000 words authored by Shauna C. Murphy and derived from the Young Adult Fantasy novel, Rive: The Unwanted Inheritance.
Rescued as a genocide refugee of her native desert people, fifteen-year-old Everlit is torn between an obligation to her adoptive father and her nomadic heritage. When Everlit is enticed by the Shrinehouse to disown her father's house, the outcome may claim her own freedom instead. The story world of The Shrinehouse intersects between Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass and Frank Herbert's Dune. The tenor of voice, carries an enchanted quality comparable to Diana Wynne Jones', Howl’s Moving Castle. The multi-layered plot addresses issues of race, identity, environment, and humankind's struggle to survive.
Murphy, Shauna C., "The Shrinehouse" (2017). University Honors Theses. Paper 361.
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