The Book of Dust Series by Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman Exclusive Interview - BOOK OF DUST
La Belle Sauvage
The epic further chronicles the adventures of Lyra Belacqua and her battle against the theocratic organisation known as the Magisterium, as well as shedding more light on a mysterious substance called Dust. The first book, La Belle Sauvage , was published in October , and is set 12 years before Northern Lights , the first book of the original trilogy. It describes the year-old protagonist Malcolm Polstead 's efforts, with a girl named Alice, to protect the baby Lyra, the events which left Lyra in the care of Jordan College, the early research by academics and other free-thinkers into Dust , a mysterious subatomic particle related to consciousness, and the origins of Lyra's " alethiometer ". Pullman said the trilogy addresses consciousness : "Perhaps the oldest philosophical question of all: are we matter? Or are we spirit and matter?