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Above World, Book 1, published by Candlewick Press
…a thrilling sci-fi adventure. Imaginative and riveting. —Kirkus
Thirteen-year-old Aluna has lived her entire life under the ocean with the Coral Kampii in the City of Shifting Tides. But after centuries spent hidden from the Above World, her colony’s survival is in doubt. The Kampii’s breathing necklaces are failing, but the elders are unwilling to venture above water to seek answers. Only headstrong Aluna and her friend Hoku are stubborn and bold enough to face the terrors of land to search for way to save their people.
But can Aluna’s warrior spirit and Hoku’s tech-savvy keep them safe? Set in a world where overcrowding has led humans to adapt—growing tails to live under the ocean or wings to live on mountains—here is a ride through a future where greed and cruelty have gone unchecked, but the loyalty of friends remains true.
*Finalist for the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats.
“A warrior heroine with a caring heart, stalwart friends, an edgy futurist subtext and the suggestion of a possible sequel make this a thrilling sci-fi adventure. Imaginative and riveting.” [Full review]
From Publishers Weekly:
“…Reese takes mermaids (and other mythological hybrid creatures) into postapocalyptic territory in a straightforward but exciting adventure….Action-seeking readers should enjoy the many revelations, twists, and hand-to-claw battle sequences, and fierce, take-charge Aluna is the kind of heroine who is easy to get behind.” [Full review]
“Aluna is a heroine most readers will easily identify with as she explores a complex and challenging world on the cusp of change. With well-drawn characters, appropriate plot twists, and steady writing geared to the age level, this will appeal to those interested in dystopic science fiction.”
From Library Media Connection:
“Prevalent throughout is the importance of doing the right thing, courage, honor, and keeping a strong moral compass, which are artfully blended with concepts of isolationism, technology dependence, and environmental misuse… This is a fun and quick read; readers will be eagerly awaiting a sequel.”
From Book Bloggers:
“…Above World has become one of my favorite dystopian novels so far, because of [its] positive message. People, this is not just a mermaid story! It’s a story of friendship, courage, and taking action to make a difference in a destroyed world. You won’t want to miss this wonderful book…”
“Sit back, buckle in and get ready for an adventure that is full of innovative technology, out-of-the-box fight scenes and a twisty-turny plot with characters that reach out and resonate.”
“This book has got to be one of the best dystopians I have managed to get my hands on… The events of this novel are exciting and innovative, the author puts the reader in a scary alternative world. The characters will act as the readers’ guide to so many different places described so amazingly well by the author. Readers of all ages will love to delve into this novel.”
“…the world created here is beautiful yet frightening at the same time. The battles and adventures are intense and action packed. The ending was amazing and I can’t wait until the next book comes out so I can see where Aluna’s adventures take her.”
“All four characters – Aluna, Hoku, Calli and Dash – are unqiue, they come from different worlds and they all have something important to contribute.”
“If you like a good adventure and enjoy fantasy, then let this author lead you into an imaginary world that seems real.”
“I am normally not a huge science fiction fan but when I when I started reading this book I realized what I had been missing out!!”