Thousands of years ago the nomes came from space to explore Earth. When their spaceship crashed they were stranded, unable to get back home. Now thousands of years have passed, and the nomes have completely forgotten that they came from space. Only one relic remains from the spaceship: The Thing, a small black cube that has been venerated for centuries.
The story focuses on a group of nomes who have lived all their lives in the department store. They have developed a strange religion centered around the store: they believe that the store was created specifically for nomes by Arnold Bros (Est 1905), the mythical owner and chief deity.
These sheltered nomes are in for a surprise, however, when a small group of nomes arrive from outside. They bring with them The Thing, a small computer that is all that remains from the first spaceship. It can listen to the store computers, and tells the gnomes that the store will be destroyed in twenty-one days.
“Truckers,” is about the nomes response to this message of impending doom. They must quickly make plans to leave the store and figure out how they will survive outside. I would highly recommend this book. The nomes are interesting characters, the plot is very unique, and Terry Pratchett’s writing style is excellent.
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