You probably know by now how much I loved The Golden Compass, and how I still liked The Subtle Knife but wasn't a huge fan of the religious overtones. Well, this book was mostly religious overtones with some of the action from the first book, and a lot the drag from the second. I hate to say this, given how much some people liked this book, but I did not like the conclusion to Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.
After loving The Golden Compass so much, I couldn't wait to read the second book. I devoured it pretty quickly and found that while I did like the story, I wasn't as in love with it as I had been with Lyra's first adventure.
Lyra doesn't live in our world. She lives in a parallel universe. According to Lord Asriel, all parallel universes coexist and are connected by the Dust in the Northern Lights (The Golden Compass's original title). And in Lyra's world the totalitarian organization called the Magisterium rules with an iron fist, eradicating any "traitorous" thoughts.
The Alethiometer is a "truth measure" and operates on the mystical Dust. By asking a question in your mind and moving the three red needles to three corresponding images on the rim, the reader will receive an answer when the blue needle points to three other symbols. Very few people can read these Golden Compasses. Many of the Alethiometers have been destroyed by the Magisterium because they interfered with their rule. Lyra, however, is one of the remaining few who can read one.
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