Above World

Above World

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by Jenn Reese, Kate Rudd
     
 

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Thirteen-year-old Aluna has lived her entire life under the ocean, just like all of the Coral Kampii in the City of Shifting Tides. But after remaining hidden from the Above World for centuries, her colony is in trouble, its survival in doubt: the tech that allows the Kampii to breathe underwater is beginning to fail, and many Kampii have already died. Yet the

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Thirteen-year-old Aluna has lived her entire life under the ocean, just like all of the Coral Kampii in the City of Shifting Tides. But after remaining hidden from the Above World for centuries, her colony is in trouble, its survival in doubt: the tech that allows the Kampii to breathe underwater is beginning to fail, and many Kampii have already died. Yet the colony’s elders, including Aluna’s father, are unwilling to venture to the dry and dangerous Above World to search for answers.

So it’s up to Aluna and her friend Hoku to face the terrors of land to find a solution. Once in the Above World, Aluna and Hoku learn that their colony is not the only one struggling to survive—so are others in the skies and in the deserts. Will Aluna’s warrior spirit and Hoku’s intelligence be enough not only to keep themselves safe but also to find a way to save their city and possibly the world?

Here is a thrilling ride through a future in which greed and cruelty may have gone unchecked but the loyalty of friends remains as true as ever.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First-time author Reese takes mermaids (and other mythological hybrid creatures) into postapocalyptic territory in a straightforward but exciting adventure. Aluna, a hotheaded 13-year-old Kampii who is just about to trade her legs for a tail in a coming-of-age ceremony, has discovered that the poorly understood mechanisms that support her isolated, underwater community are beginning to break down. Defying the Elders and accompanied by her loyal sidekick, technophilic Hoku, Aluna sets out to find HydroTek, the long-lost source of her people’s technology. Aluna and Hoku are determined and resourceful protagonists, and the novel’s hybrid species are fun and cleverly imagined (the birdlike Avians factor heavily into this installment); the Upgraders, who murder other post-humans for their body parts, are sadistic, one-dimensional monsters that owe a thing or two to the Borg of Star Trek. 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. An open-ended conclusion leaves the door to Reese’s futuristic world wide open for future adventures. Ages 10–up. Agent: Joe Monti, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
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.
—Kirkus Reviews

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. An open-ended conclusion leaves the door to Reese's futuristic world wide open for future adventures.
—Publishers Weekly

VOYA - Cheryl Clark
In a world where overpopulation has wreaked havoc on the planet and society, humans have engineered their bodies to enable them to inhabit environments previously off limits. Aluna is a Kampii and lives in the City of Shifting Tides, but now the technology that allows her people to live underwater is failing and Kampii are dying. When the elders decide to isolate themselves rather than seek help, Aluna and her friend Hoku face danger above the water to save their people. Above World touches on some mature and frightening ideas—humans have altered their bodies in ways that are more than a little creepy, and the novel's villain harvests body parts to alter himself in bizarre ways. But these potentially nightmare-inducing concepts are smoothed over so that in the end, the antagonist is a little reminiscent of a Mario Brothers baddie. This watering down of the scariness factor, along with other elements, are clear indications that this novel is intended for a middle grade audience. The main characters are a stereotypical duo—the plucky, brash heroine and her less-than-heroic, brainy best friend. And of course, there is the cute little romance thrown in for good measure. Finally, the writing is simple and straightforward and not particularly exciting. Overall, this is a fun but not very compelling read, and the set-up suggests there may be sequels. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Above World is a fish-out-of-water fantasy that could have been great, but ultimately barely stays afloat. There are a multitude of plot contrivances and too many well-intended life lessons. Readers might be able to root for the likable yet naive characters if they weren't so busy deflecting the skepticism surrounding all the happy resolutions to the protagonists' problems. Aluna, a 13-year-old who has yet to grow her mermaid tail, and her best guy pal, Hoku, swim off to save the Kampii. Conveniently armed with a box containing the secrets they'll need, they go ashore to find out why their breathing necklaces, without which the Kampii cannot exist underwater, are failing. Too coincidentally, except for the evil ruler behind the attempt to destroy the Kampii, all the other evil creatures they meet along the way turn out to be honorable and aid the friends as the twosome swells to four, plus a friendly robotic raccoon. There's even a romance between the battles. It's all just too neat and nice. The tale is cluttered as it simultaneously tries to address gender roles and environmental issues and show readers that ordinary people can achieve the impossible if they are honorable, strong, and true to themselves. This is a burden too heavy to allow the appealing characters and action-driven plot to prevail.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 5–8—In Jenn Reese's science fiction novel (Candlewick, 2012), humans have created different colonies of altered humans to escape the threat of an epidemic. There are mermaids living underwater, equines inhabiting the desert, and aviators living in the sky as a result of genetic engineering. However, the technology that allowed humans to adapt is failing, and Aluna, a brave mermaid, and her friends set out to confront the mad scientist who created it. Although the premise is interesting, the story unwinds tediously, with a lot of effort spent explaining details that don't advance the plot or reveal much about the characters. For example, almost an entire chapter is devoted to Dash teaching Aluna how to build a fire, going into great detail about gathering kindling and using flint to start a spark. Girls will appreciate the hints of romance and the strong female characters, while male listeners will be disappointed in the scarcity of action and violence. Kate Rudd's narration fluctuates effortlessly between the serious tone of the situation and the chirpy attitude of the juvenile characters. Not a first purchase.—Cynthia Grabke, McCormack Middle School, Dorchester, MA
Kirkus Reviews
In a future world in which habitable space has been exhausted, Humans have physically modified to survive in the skies, oceans and deserts. Living in the hidden City of Shifting Tides, 13-year-old Aluna heroically strives to save the ocean-dwelling Coral Kampii when their lives are threatened by destructive forces in the Above World. Feisty Aluna and her techie pal Hoku have the Kampii's "thick bones and tough skin, adaptable vision, [and] breathing necklaces." Even though Aluna will soon trade her legs for a swimming tail, she doesn't fit with the isolated Kampii and defies them by secretly training to be a hunter. When their breathing necklaces mysteriously fail, causing Kampii to die, Aluna opts to leave before receiving her tail and journeys with Hoku to the Above World to try to find some answers. Along the way, Aluna and Hoku encounter deadly Dragonfliers, aquatic Deepfell demons, winged female Aviars, half-horse Equians and brutal Upgraders. Fighting every step of her perilous quest, Aluna enlists help from creatures of the air, land and sea. 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. (Science fiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455852048
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
02/14/2012
Series:
Above World Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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From the Publisher
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.
—Kirkus Reviews

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. An open-ended conclusion leaves the door to Reese's futuristic world wide open for future adventures.
—Publishers Weekly

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