The Rebellion of Peoh, the third book written by Aileen Morris, is the third and final book in The Peoh Trilogy, the series she has been working on steadily since she was nineteen years old. The stunning, dramatic, and fast-paced conclusion ties up all the loose ends and brings a sense of finality to the proceedings, which, says Aileen, “is sure to leave my readers satisfied! I don’t mind open-ended conclusions if they’re well done, but in most cases it seems like the author just didn’t know how to end the story!” However, she refuses to say anything more about the grand finale than that: “If you want to know how it ends, then read the book!”
Without giving too much away, The Rebellion of Peoh begins at a point of crisis. Dorothy Everglade is a prisoner of the rebels. They want to convince her to be the figurehead for their cause, but all she wants is to be reunited with Freddie, and she grows increasingly desperate when this doesn’t seem to be an option. Meanwhile, Brian Armstrong is alive but lying crippled in a hospital bed, and his girlfriend Frida must behave as though she unequivocally supports the rebels if she doesn’t want to endanger his life. And with more and more Peohites on their side daily, the rebels are getting ready to stage their big takeover.
A particularly interesting character in this installment is Roger Dean, the rebel commander who is second only to their leader (President King). First seen only in brief glimpses in the first two books, Roger appears to unequivocally support the rebel cause. But in The Rebellion of Peoh, he is clearly coming to question the organisation’s policies more and more, as he realises that not all of the wealthy Emeraldian citizens want to hog resources from the poorer districts. The evolution of his character provides an interesting counterpoint to the beliefs and actions of Dorothy and her friends.
Morris says that she recently realised that her book – “completely unintentionally!” – ends up espousing a particular New Age philosophy – the Law of Attraction. “I never even heard of the concept until my trilogy was completely written, but when I went back and read it, I realised that everything which happened in it could be said to conform to the idea that your beliefs and feelings control what happens to you – or what you’re able to do.” Is she happy about this? “Of course I am! I’ve recently been experimenting with the Law of Attraction in my own life, and though I’m far from a master at it, I’m truly coming to realise that your feelings do play a huge role in what happens to you. Some cynics may say that my book is a totally unbelievable fantasy, but I feel that the (accidental) incorporation of the Law of Attraction made a story filled with fantastical happenings more believable!”
Does this make the conclusion of the Peoh trilogy significantly different from the finales of other book series – fitting in with the author’s policy of subverting cliché wherever possible? “Oh, I should hope so!” declares Aileen. “The whole message of my story is, and always has been, people banding together to accomplish a goal they believe in, whatever obstacles they face – and you can only do that by maintaining positivity in the face of adversity. You tell me what other recent teen series does this!”
And all the loose ends – including both the political situation and the various love affairs – will be tied up at the end?
“I’ll just say this,” says Aileen Morris. “The only reasons you’ll be wanting more of the Peoh trilogy is because you’ll be sorry it’s over!”