The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)
By Philip Pullman
If what you love most about Game of Thrones is literally watching it, HBO is already preparing to fill the Game of Thrones void with its upcoming adaptation of the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. While we wait to binge-watch that show, we can reread the books, including the new spin off, The Book of Dust. It’s about the battle for freedom of speech and thought in a totalitarian world. The first book, La Belle Sauvage, is set twelve years before the original series and tells the story of eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead, who teams up with a village girl named Alice to protect the infant Lyra Belacqua during a huge flood. (Of course, all their dæmons are there, too.) Baby Lyra has become the target of many suspicious people, including lords, enforcement agents, and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey. Malcolm is brave and intelligent, spying and listening closely for threats in a dangerous world.