The Descendants book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Narrated in a bold, fearless, unforgettable voice and set agains. The Descendants is a novel written by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The American film The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne, with the adapted. Praise. “A Pandora's box–style tragicomedy [Kaui Hart Hemmings's] comic sense is finely honed in this refreshingly wry debut novel.”—The New York Times .

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The Descendants: A Novel (Random House Movie Tie-In Books) [Kaui Hart Hemmings] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Now a major . Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Hemmings's bittersweet debut novel, an expansion of her first published short story ("The Minor Wars," from House. From Book 1: Evil tree. Bad Apple? Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost--a dark and dreary.

The setting had to figure in to the novel somehow. In this novel, the land itself is a major conflict for the characters.

I wanted the setting to have a function besides looking good. What kind of novel did you set out to write when you started, and did it end up changing at all along the way? Were you hoping to make people both laugh and cry? In fact, I rarely know if something is funny or moving until I go back and read it for myself.

There is nothing more satisfying to me than when your own work makes you feel something, or if your own words make you laugh, though I tend to look around, embarrassed to be laughing at my own joke.

When I set out to write a novel, my only intentions have to do with story, not emotions, ideas, or themes. The emotional undercurrent relies on and is derived naturally from action, dialogue, scene. How did you make her emerge as a fully developed character? KHH: The way people react and interact with someone is very revealing.

It was a challenge though, because I try to avoid flashbacks. This is always a challenge for me because I tend to feature an important though absent character in a lot of my work.

RHRC: How did you come up with the idea for this novel? Aside from the Hawaii setting, is any part of it autobiographical? The process of writing fiction is always a collage: real places, aspects of real situations or people, perhaps, but never the whole package. It just started as a seed, I cared for it, and then it became something different each day.

Do you have any routines? KHH: My routine is shaped by the routine of my daughter. When she was a baby I worked during naps. I alternate between three different shops and work for about an hour, an hour and a half, which translates into three pages. I like getting out into my neighborhood and seeing familiar faces before going home and becoming a shut-in. But in a way I am writing all day. However, an attempt to prank the especially mean Cruella De Vil leads Mal to seemingly fall off the docks and into the water.

Uma tries to save her, only for Mal to surprise her and dump a bucket of shrimp on Uma.

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No matter how much Uma tried to wash her hair, the disgusting smell never left her hair. Mal then got everyone to call Uma the name Shrimpy. Fast-forward to Descendants , Uma watches Carlos , Jay and Evie board the royal limousine to be taken to Auradon for a chance at a better life. Uma seethes with envy when she finds out that Mal was also chosen. From that day forward, she vowed to get off the island and into Auradon.

Then came the day of Prince Ben's coronation.

Jane stole the wand to give herself a makeover, but the magic of her mother 's wand flew out of control and made a hole in the island's barrier. Maleficent escaped to conquer Auradon. Everyone else attempted to leave, but found that the barrier was back in place. The villains watched the A. And now, the present day, a few days after the last book.

All of Auradon's kingdoms hold celebrations, which lead up to the cotillion, in honor of the U. Watching Sebastian lead a wonderful musical performance are none other than the VKs, having been invited by King Ben. Evie has also gained a new friend in Arabella, niece to Ariel ; Arabella copies Evie's outfits, although in shades of lilac.

The celebration suddenly comes to an end when an unexpected storm strikes. Fearing it may be the disabled talismans of evil, the VKs decide to have Fairy Godmother destroy them before anything else happens.

Retrieving her wand from the museum, Fairy Godmother improvises a version of Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo to destroy the talismans.

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However, this releases a burst of wild magic, which briefly causes the Isle of the Lost's dome to disappear; though since it's invisible to the islanders, no-one noticed. The next day, Ben is called away on royal business because Agrabah and Northern Wei are having a dispute that could end in violence. The Auradon Knights win against the merman team, elsewhere. Carlos convinces Jane to attend the cheerleader tryouts as she's better suited for it than being the Fighting Knights mascot.

At the same time, Jay joins the R. Evie finds Mal using her spell book to avoid detention for being late to class, scolding her. They later find Arabella upset, and learn that she caused the storm yesterday by trying to use her grandfather's trident.

However, she lost control of it and it flew away. The VKs decide to help find it.

Back on the Isle of the Lost, Uma learns that a goblin saw the trident fell into the waters of the isle when the barrier briefly vanished. Everyone is looking for it; even if it isn't magic, it can be used to barter one's way off this accursed prison. Uma decides that it's time to put together a crew to work for her, hearing Captain Hook is hosting a race and will give the Lost Revenge to whoever wins. She joins the race, convincing Harry Hook to be her first mate; they win the Lost Revenge, recruiting Gaston 's son Gil and other rogues.

Uma learns from her fellow employee at the shop that Yen Sid knows where the pieces of Ursula's necklace are; once it's re-completed, it will be able to seek out the trident like a magnet. Harry's research reveals that Yen Sid brought his intern, Sophie with him to the island when he relocated; this is the only weak link they can work on, since Yen Sid will never give in to intimidation and torture.

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Claiming to have found something Sophie lost, Gil lures her to chip shop. After a mind-numbing hour of listening to Sophie talk, Gil begs Uma to step in. Uma inquires what Sophie is searching for, remaining vague as to whether or not she can provide it. Sophie reveals that Yen Sid's hat was taken to be mended at the hat shop, but it got sold to someone else; the sorcerer mainly uses it to hide his bald spot, since its magic is neutralized by the barrier.

Remembering Gil bought it, Uma takes it from him and threatens to burn it unless Sophie tells her when the necklace is.

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Sophie relents and tell her its hidden on the Isle of the Doomed. He learns that grapes from Agrabah have been falling over the great wall and that the flying carpets give off sonic booms. Ben and Lonnie decide to talk with the royal vizier of Agrabah, who is shocked by how humble Lonnie is. She is the daughter of the famous Mulan after all.

Deciding a compromise is best, Ben gets the permission of the sultan and emperor to build a great door into the wall to allow Agrabahians to come and go as they please; the two societies decide to exchange tips on agriculture as well. Before he can leave, Ben is swept into a magical whirlwind as a familiar voice tells him that he is needed elsewhere Back to the VKs, they attempt to "borrow" a speedboat from the royal marina, but are caught red-handed by Fairy Godmother; she refuses to listen to their reasons, simply believing they couldn't resist misbehaving.

Escorted back to Auradon Prep, they pass Jane , who distraught at the idea of them leaving.

Right before Fairy Godmother can punish them, Ben arrives and gives the cover story of the VKs working on a secret mission for him. After explaining the situation, the VKs learn that Jane had Merlin bring him back to prevent their expulsion.

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They take the speedboat out to the isle of the lost to get the trident back. Uma finds her mother's seashell necklace and puts it back together; however a piece is missing.

She then realizes a piece of the shell was in her pendant; Ursula had vaguely told her it was all she had left, but not of what. With the shell completed, it begins leading Uma to the trident. She finds it's location, and swims down to get it.It was well written, funny, sad, and you could see the changes in the characters as the story developed. Love the karma brought down on Joanie not her physical situation, but the reader gets it by the end of the book.

Smart and funny, heartbreaking and disappointing, take the journey with Matt and his girls as they watch the life they thought they had crumble and cry along with them as they struggle to become a family for the first time. Uma - daughter of Ursula. Remembering Gil bought it, Uma takes it from him and threatens to burn it unless Sophie tells her when the necklace is.

In the novel, especially from his first-person perspective, I kept fighting the urge to roll my eyes. Hardcover , pages. I find them endearing. But it's easier for them isn't it — thanks to the historical preponderance of male writers, women have plenty of exposure to how men think, whereas many men still find women a total mystery.

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