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CloudWorld Paperback – 2 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571223664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571223664
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,426,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This bold and original children's fantasy novel opens in Heliopolis, an entire civilisation perched above interminable clouds on top of a peak... Cunningham has cleverly imported into a tale for teenagers some of the elements more usually associated with fantasy writing for an older audience. Heliopolis, for example, bears some resemblance to the arcane, inhibiting palace in Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy, and Marcus, like Peake's Titus Groan, chafes against the strict regulations and feels worryingly isolated from the people whom he will one day govern... This is a well-written, engaging and imaginative novel." (Stuart Kelly, Literary Editor, Scotland on Sunday)

"Thrillingly dramatic. A heart-pumping tale set in a vividly-imagined world.” (William Nicholson, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of 'Shadowlands' and 'Gladiator'.)


Imagine a planet entirely covered in clouds, imagine an ocean of cloud, stretching away as far as the eye can see, forever shifting and changing, imagine peaks rising out of the clouds, their gentle slopes covered in fields and orchards, imagine a citadel standing on each peak...Heliopolis, a prosperous citadel divided into five layers, its rigid social structure ensuring that it is run efficiently and the citizens know their place. But there is one uncertainty that all Heliopolitans share. What lies beneath the impenetrable sea of cloud? An abyss of nothingness? The fiery realm of the god, Omnium? 14-year-old Pohl is about to find out. Isolated and lonely, Prince Pohl lives in the soulless palace at the very top of the citadel. When his father fails to return from a diplomatic mission, Pohl mounts an expedition across the cloudscape in search of him. But he discovers too late that danger lies closer to home - somebody wants him dead. And when his flying vessel is sabotaged, Pohl finds himself plunged into a terrifying new world beneath the clouds...

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