Flux [NOOK Book]

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Several years earlier Nellie and her mother fled the Interior and its hated security police for the Outbacks, a loose-knit resistance of small cities, towns and rural areas. Since then her mother has disappeared and twelve-year-old Nellie is on her own, scrounging a living where she can find it. When loneliness opens her mind to flux, the ability to alter her vibratory state in the molecular field, she learns to travel to other levels of reality. When a prank by the Skulls, an unruly gang of boys, reveals several...
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Flux

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Several years earlier Nellie and her mother fled the Interior and its hated security police for the Outbacks, a loose-knit resistance of small cities, towns and rural areas. Since then her mother has disappeared and twelve-year-old Nellie is on her own, scrounging a living where she can find it. When loneliness opens her mind to flux, the ability to alter her vibratory state in the molecular field, she learns to travel to other levels of reality. When a prank by the Skulls, an unruly gang of boys, reveals several large scars on her scalp, Nellie is forced to confront the terrifying truth that her vague memories of experiments that took place while she lived in the Interior are real. Befriended by fourteen-year-old Deller, leader of the Skulls, Nellie learns of the disappearance of his younger brother Fen. Using her ability to travel the levels, she eventually finds Fen trapped in an experimental laboratory deep in another reality. Although Nellie is unable to free him, her discovery precipitates a series of events that lead her and Deller back to the Interior, and straight into the memories she has been trying so hard to forget.
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When her mother disappears, 12-year-old Nellie is left to manage on her own. She has a tough, lonely life on the streets, stealing money and food and evading a rough gang of boys called the Skulls. Nellie becomes aware of "flux," the ability to alter her vibratory rate in the molecular field, and she learns to travel back and forth to different "levels" of reality. During her travels to parallel worlds, Nellie glimpses horrifying experiments on children and wonders about her own unremembered past. She eventually finds a friend in 14-year-old Deller, the leader of the Skulls. Together they search for Deller's missing younger brother, who is trapped in another reality. I loved this book! The plot is imaginative; the characters are interesting and believable; the strange-yet-familiar setting is intriguing. Many of the mysteries of this story are left unanswered, leaving this reader happily anticipating a sequel. It's highly recommended. 2004, Orca Book Publishers, 258 pp., Ages young adult.
—Wendy Street
VOYA
Nellie is living on the street, eating out of trash cans, and robbing stores when she must. She lives in an old shack on the edge of the city. Her mother disappeared many months ago, and there is a big hole where her memories should be. She has two advantages though. First, the Goddess Ivana appears to favor her. Second, she can feel the flux and enter other levels of reality, stealing things from those higher dimensions and the stupid doubles who inhabit them, and then escaping back down to her own level. She has to be careful though. The Skulls, a gang of teenage boys led by the weasel-faced Deller, are after her. And then there are the repressive Interior Police, who can travel the levels as well and who make homeless children disappear, apparently using them for illicit experiments. Worst of all, Nellie has reason to believe that the Interior Police are specifically interested in her. When the Skulls catch her and shave off her hair, Nellie makes a startling discovery. Her head is covered with massive scars, and she begins to have memories of men in white lab coats. Something terrible is going on, and after she makes her peace with Deller, the two young people team up to uncover a hideous secret. Hovering on the border between science fiction and fantasy, this novel is a powerful, well-written, and suspenseful tale that should strongly appeal to the many readers who loved Goobie's previous novel, Before Wings (Orca, 2000/VOYA April 2001). VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Orca, 256p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Michael Levy
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Nellie is a 12-year-old orphan living in a shack in the Outbacks of a nameless dystopian world. Motivated by hunger, she makes forays into the city, trying to avoid the Skulls, a predatory male gang, as well as operatives of the corrupt Interior, who are responsible for the disappearance and probable death of her mother. The Skulls catch Nellie and shave her head, revealing wormlike scars, reminders of the insidious experiments the Interior has performed on kidnapped Outbacks children. Nellie is a devotee of the Goddess Ivana to whom she attributes the phenomenon of flux, "a quirk in the molecular field" that causes her surroundings to "shapeshift" and allows her body to take "strange wild forms." She has learned how to travel between levels of reality by stepping through hidden gates, a discovery that leads her on a quest for the truth about her mother. She also tries to help Deller, the street-smart leader of the Skulls whom she has befriended, search for his younger brother. The process of traveling between levels creates the problem of doubles-clonelike, unstable human duplicates- and the plot is burdened with confusing and contrived episodes. Lacking descriptive power and atmosphere, this novel uses the plot devices found in Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" series (Knopf) and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar, 1962), fantasies to which it cannot begin to compare.-Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Canadian Book Review Annual
...will engage and intrigue young readers. Recommended.
— Allison Sivak
Quill & Quire
Goobie is a writer of huge ability and skill...a very impressive amalgam of action, imagination, and passionate, evocative prose.
— Kenneth Oppel
CM Magazine
"The style...is evocative, thoughtful, complex and sophisticated.... Highly Recommended."
Toronto Sun
"Over and over again Goobie's lyrical turn of phrase shifts the meaning of this complexly plotted story deeper, taking it into the realm of the adolescent reader's own perception."
Canadian Book Review Annual - Allison Sivak
"...will engage and intrigue young readers. Recommended."
Quill & Quire - Kenneth Oppel
"Goobie is a writer of huge ability and skill...a very impressive amalgam of action, imagination, and passionate, evocative prose."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554696222
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 977,102
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Beth Goobie is an award-winning author of a number of books for teens. Her book, Before Wings, won the CLA YA Book Award, was a Governor General's Award nominee, an ALA Best Book nominee and a Teen Top Ten.
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Crouched and grinning, he faced her. Fourteen, wiry and strong, he was tuned to every pulse of his body. Violence sang in his blood, sky met earth and he was a lone dark figure dancing at the center point. At the base of the fence the dog went manic, vaulting itself upward, spiraling into a high-pitched whine. Leaning down, Deller teased it with a dangling hand.

"Gotcha, Bunny," he sneered.

They'd never trapped her like this before—alone, way out nowhere.

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