A startling, thrilling novel set in a dystopian future ravaged by global warming
This book is divided into three sections all of which follow the main heroine - Mara in her quest to find a place for her and her family and friends to live.
While her own island is drowning, Mara finds out about new miraculous cities built out of the ocean and into the sky. Her and her family set out in overcrowded fishing boats to find these cities in hope for survival. Things don't go to plan and end up with Mara losing many of her loved ones.
As they arrive in New Mungo (the new city in the sky) Mara and the rest of the people on her island find themselves in a huge boat camp of refugees wanting to get into the city. With the risk of being taken as slaves into the city, dying of starvation or being shot by the sea police, Mara manages to escape and into the Netherworld of the city.
It is from here that she meets Treenesters who are human but have adapted to live in trees away from the sea. Mara is befriended by these and it is here where she finds out about potential land in Greenland.
It is when her two best friends - Gorbels and Wing are taken as slaves by the sea plice that mara decides to get into the New world in the disguise as a police officer to save them and help aid with her plan to get to Greenland along with the Treenesters and other refugees.
It is here where she meets David aka Fox and they both fall in love and it is with his help that Mara can carry through her plan. Mara and David cannot stay together though...
This is a truly amazing story which is intertwined with fantasy and areas that could most certainly happen to earth if something isn't done now.
The characters are truly lovely characters and so believable.
I recommend this book 100%
The author cleverly draws you into the story of Mara and her life in a world where the sea has risen dramatically and the future is bleak unless someone takes control. Once into the story, it is hard to shake off the feeling that all that is unfolding before you REALLY could happen unless everyone takes action to save our environment - not just a caring few.
I think that this book is an excellent way to bring home the issues of global warming and deforest-ation to older children. If only every child was made to read this book, then maybe the future of the planet would be in safer hands.
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