Noren, who has grown up in a primitive society, embarks on a journey of protest against the Scholars and Technicians who oppress his people by restricting their access to knowledge and technology. He is condemmed by his fellow villagers and convicted of heresy for his ideas.
Noren is determinded to discover the truth at any personal cost, but is unaware of what this will mean for him.
This report prepared by Jenny
Omnibus containing the trilogy This Star Shall Abide, Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains, and The Doors of the Universe, published by Meisha Merlin, 2000. ISBN 1892065142.
Noren knew that his world was not as it should be--it was wrong that only the Scholars, and their representatives the Technicians, could use metal tools and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the mysterious City, which he had always longed to enter. Above all, it was wrong for the Scholars to have sole power over the distribution of knowledge. The High Law imposed these restrictions and many others, though the Prophecy promised that someday knowledge and Machines would be available to everyone. Noren was a heretic. He defied the High Law and had no faith in the Prophecy's fulfillment. But the more he learned of the grim truth about his people's deprivations, the less possible it seemed that their world could ever
be changed. It would take more drastic steps than anyone imagined to restore their rightful heritage.
This report prepared by Sylvia Engdahl