Horizon (Above World Series #3)

Horizon (Above World Series #3)

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by Jenn Reese
     
 

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In this third and final adventure in the Above World series, Aluna and her friends finally face their most terrifying enemy, Karl Strand.

Aluna and Hoku, Kampii from the City of Shifting Tides, and their friends, Equian Dash and winged Aviar Calli, are determined to stop a war. The maniacal ex-scientist Karl Strand is planning to conquer the world with his

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In this third and final adventure in the Above World series, Aluna and her friends finally face their most terrifying enemy, Karl Strand.

Aluna and Hoku, Kampii from the City of Shifting Tides, and their friends, Equian Dash and winged Aviar Calli, are determined to stop a war. The maniacal ex-scientist Karl Strand is planning to conquer the world with his enormous army of tech-enhanced soldiers . . . unless the four friends can get to Strand first. Aluna’s plan is dangerous: pose as Upgraders and infiltrate the army. But the enemy isn’t what they expected and the strategy begins to crumble. When the friends are torn apart by conflicting allegiances, their slim chance of avoiding war seems to disappear completely. For Aluna and Hoku, what began as a quest to save their own people has become a mission to save the world. But do Aluna and her friends have any hope of defeating Strand if they can’t take him on together?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Cheryl Clark
Their quest to destroy the megalomaniac Karl Strand is postponed as Aluna and her friends separate to pursue personal missions. Their individual battles ultimately lead back to their initial purpose, however, and the friends reunite to face the bioengineered beast Strand has become. The Above World series is rare in that it actually improves with each sequel. Horizon is a much better book than the debut novel would lead one to expect. Igniting most of the adventures are the various conflicts the friends face separately, even as their struggles are woven together throughout the novel. This fact might actually confuse some readers since the point of view changes after every few chapters. Although the novel incorporates a lot of violence, the storytelling seems to assume a younger, or perhaps merely a less sophisticated, audience. The characters are pointedly described as being more mature than they were in the beginning, but their personalities and attitudes seem much like they did in the first novel. The lack of nuance in the villains is disappointing. Just as the good guys are interminably good, the bad guys are relentlessly bad. In the end, as Hoku fights to create a connection to Strand, the reader may detect a glimmer of hope that Strand could turn from the dark side, but that spark is quickly extinguished and he remains as evil as ever. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining novel that will provide a satisfying conclusion to the series for fans. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark; Ages 11 to 15.
Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
The third book in the “Above World” science fiction series concludes the journey of Aluna, the strong female warrior. Aluna is described as one who swims as swift as a seal and a fast as a dolphin. This volume continues Aluna’s battle against Karl Strand, who has vowed to conquer the world and kill those who stand in his way. His rapidly growing army of humans called Upgraders are killing others by destroying their habitation and civilization. Readers will meet strange creatures with odd skills and appearances like scaly skins and feathers. They are different from other Strand followers who are tech hunters, stealing parts of old tech objects and turning them into new and useful weapons. Aluna and her friends wish to stop the violence, and find a way to live side by side, or prevent Strand from fulfilling his evil plans. As each chapter unfolds, Aluna moves farther and farther into Strand’s territories. She must use every clever trick to enlist more aid from those who would be her enemies. More than once she is almost trapped, once by tree people and another time being tied up and later attacked by great white sharks. She knows her family is trapped where they are. In order to rescue them she puts her friends and herself in mortal danger. Within the plot Reese introduces facts about living underwater and about creatures who call it their home. Readers may experience a sense of wonder to think of possibilities like underwater civilizations and unknown technological advances which make it possible for humans to survive in places we know little about. Battles are fought, and people kept prisoner in underground hideouts and underwater tunnels where ancient cities used to thrive. Readers will find themselves going from one exotic setting to another in Aluna’s search for her family. She longs to find a peaceful conclusion to the violence threatening her people. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy; Ages 13 up.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 6 Up—As the diabolical Karl Strand plans to conquer the world with an army of high-tech soldiers, Aluna and her friends decide to infiltrate the enemy by posing as Upgraders.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-26
This last volume of the Above World trilogy opens where Mirage (2013) ended, with Aluna, Hoku, Dash and Calli determined to save their genetically modified races from megalomaniac Karl Strand and his technically enhanced Upgrader army. Masquerading as Upgraders with Aluna and Calli pretending to be their prisoners, Hoku, an ocean-dwelling Kampii, and Dash, a desert-dwelling Equian, join an unsuspecting Upgrader kludge to find Strand. When they are captured by Silvae—flying squirrel–like tree dwellers—and separated from the kludge, Aluna, Hoku, Dash and Calli split to fight Strand on different fronts. Dash rejoins the kludge, hoping to rescue his Equian relatives captured by Strand. Calli returns to the Aviars, who are under attack from Strand's army. Aluna and Hoku join their Kampii families in the ocean, still trying to find Strand and devise new breathing devices. The four friends use individual strengths forged through their time together to help their respective races while staying committed to the common goal of defeating Strand. Aluna remains a compelling warrior, and Hoku, Dash and Calli come into their own as the fast-paced action ricochets back and forth, culminating in a colossal confrontation with Strand. A fitting finale for a gripping futurist series whose four multifaceted heroes offer a strong anti-war, pro-diversity message. (Science fiction. 10-16)
From the Publisher
A fitting finale for a gripping futurist series whose four multifaceted heroes offer a strong anti-war, pro-diversity message.
—Kirkus Reviews

The Above World series is rare in that it actually improves with each sequel. ... Igniting most of the adventures are the various conflicts the friends face separately, even as their struggles are woven together throughout the novel. ... An entertaining novel that will provide a satisfying conclusion to the series for fans.
—VOYA

In Horizon, we come to the dramatic conclusion that delivers surprise, struggle, betrayal and conflict. Prepare for an edge-of-your-seat finale to the series that has dealt with real-life problems such as trust, prejudice, friendship and above all, being true to yourself.
—Justine Magazine

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763664176
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Above World Series, #3
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,030,614
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Jenn Reese writes science fiction and fantasy and has published short stories and two books for adults. She loves martial arts and has trained in kenpo, kung fu, and tai chi and is now studying weapons training. Jenn Reese lives in Los Angeles.

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Horizon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this story wasn not bad but definetly could be improved. I felt like there was somything missing fter the end of the story. For instance, remember all the way back to bok one when the author mentoins some humans who left for space? THERE IS ABSOULTOTLY NO MENTOIN OF THEM WHATSOEVER! Very dissapointed about that. Another thing is the fact that there is very minamal expalnatoin of the secret splinters. Not to mentoin what the heck happend to the world. Cause it seems that it has just become scavengeng off of ancheint tech. A mor technilogicly advanced theme would be nice. Also mor explanatoin on the past of the main plot of the seires. Now that i have gon over the improvements needed part, lets focus on th positive side. I love the plot development part of the book and also like how the life of an upgrader would be like. Also liked the ending of how all the splinters helped combine recorces to help build a city they can all live in. Definetly a good , long read for a non-hardcore fan of this series.