Remember, I'm reading this as an adult, so add salt to taste. I was a fairly generic adventure featuring runaway kids who don't want to and don't have to grow up. For all of that, they behave like little adults with power plays, manipulation, plenty of violence, and assorted little clubs that hate each other. Come to think of it, they act like the adolescents I grew up with. Still, the story was fairly derivative. Solid, but nothing special.
Kept my interest, but not quite as "good" as the reviews I've read.
What is a Borrible? Borribles are runaways who dwell in the shadows of London. Apart from their pointed ears, they look just like ordinary children. They live by their wits and a few Borrible laws-the chief one being, Don't Get Caught! The Borribles are outcasts-but they wouldn't have it any other way....
One night, the Borribles of Battersea discover a Rumble-one of the giant, rat-shaped creatures who are their ancient enemy-in their territory. Fearing an invasion, an elite group of Borrible fighters set out on what will become known in legend as The Great Rumble Hunt. So begins the first of the three epic adventures in Michael de Larrabeiti's classic trilogy, where excitement, violence, low cunning, greed, generosity, treachery and bravery exist side by side.
"No one can deny that de Larrabeiti has written a modern epic. It's a brilliant invention."--Publishers Weekly on The Borribles
"With considerable ingenuity and finesse, de Larrabeiti has projected a grim, violent futureworld...he presents an alien culture with its own folkways, legends and taboos. The Borribles won't win friends among the starry-eyed or squeamish, all the same they are the offspring of a singular imagination."--The New York Times on The Borribles
"May be regarded as a moral satire on the consequences of violence and cupidity or a cynical recognition of the times in which we live. Either way this Clockwork Orange projects a gripping story through slam-bang action."--The Los Angeles Times on The Borribles
"The adventures of The Hobbit and the rabbits of Watership Down are more than once called to mind...and de Larrabeiti has brought something of these mythologies to the street markets and the back-alleys of South London and the thronged waterway of the Thames itself."--The London Times on The Borribles
"A strong and vivid fantasy, much recommended."--The Observer on The Borribles