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The desert is no place for ocean-dwelling Kampii like Aluna and Hoku, especially now that Aluna has secretly started growing her tail. But the maniacal Karl Strand is out to conquer the Above World, and the horselike Equians are next on his list. Aluna, Hoku, and their friends — winged Calli and Equian exile Dash — race to the desert city of...
The desert is no place for ocean-dwelling Kampii like Aluna and Hoku, especially now that Aluna has secretly started growing her tail. But the maniacal Karl Strand is out to conquer the Above World, and the horselike Equians are next on his list. Aluna, Hoku, and their friends — winged Calli and Equian exile Dash — race to the desert city of Mirage, intent on warning the Equians. When they arrive, Strand’s clone, Scorch, has gotten there first. Now the Equian leader has vowed to take all his people to war as part of Strand’s army. Any herd that refuses to join him by the time of the desert-wide competition known as the Thunder Trials will be destroyed. To have any chance of defeating Scorch and convincing the Equians to switch sides, the four friends must find a way to win the Trials. The challenge seems impossible. But if they fail, the desert — and possibly all of the Above World — will be lost to Karl Strand forever. Here is the action-packed follow-up to Above World, which Kirkus Reviews called "a thrilling sci-fi adventure. Imaginative and riveting."
Posted April 29, 2014
Posted June 17, 2013
There are a lot of wonderful books out there, but very few that are meant for all ages that can satisfy them all.
In Above World, Jenn Reese created a world where people had been modified to live underwater, in the skies with wings, or in the high desert as half-human/half-horse. Now, she has added half-human/half-snake. But it's not the concept of physically changing people so they can live wherever they need to that's so fascinating, it's their individual cultures and their peoples. Here, her heroine, the originally underwater dwelling Aluna, along with her best friend Hoku, continue to fight Karl Strand who seeks to enslave everyone by "upgrading" them -- adding technology onto their very bodies. Aluna is a great character -- a valiant warrior, a leader, a loving friend, and she is also becoming both a woman and a mermaid. But, in this book the biggest growth is not that of her accepting her tail and learning to become a better fighter with it, it is her beginning to accept that she cannot always be in charge -- and that her friends love her for being Aluna, not just the strong warrior and leader she is. The other main characters from Above World -- Hoku, Calli, and Dash -- are fully realized as are the new characters, Tayan, Tal, Rollon, Scorch, Nathif, and many more. The plot is full of action and the fights are marvelous -- as a martial artist, Jenn knows that pain is acceptable if you want to win.
My niece adored Above World; I can't wait for her to read this!
I can't wait for the final one!
Posted May 16, 2013
Posted April 5, 2013
I love the way the author creates a whole new world. Its detailed and really draws you in. I love submerging into a story to the point the world around me disappears and I'm some where else.
Here you find new breeds of people, exotic creatures, new cultures, bravery, courage, honor, and friendship.
The first book was great. This sequel is definitely worth reading. I can't wait for the next book! I wish they'd turn this into a series instead of a trilogy. ^.^
Posted March 12, 2013
This is my very favorite MG series right now, and MIRAGE (Book 2) is even better than Book 1 - which is saying a LOT! The emotional stakes are raised, things are getting harder and harder for co-heroes Aluna and Hoku (for one thing, Aluna is trapped in a desert as she grows her Kampii mermaid tail!), and oh, is the world-building amazing! There is such an incredible sense of wonder to this book, and especially by the end, there's such a feeling of real, mythic grandeur. This is adventure on a genuinely epic scale.
I love the way Aluna and Hoku are growing into their (very different) powers, I love how real the different cultures feel, and I love the way some of Aluna's and Hoku's assumptions from Book 1 are seriously challenged in this book. These books are in no way didactic - they're just fabulous, thrilling stories about really wonderful characters - but they carry such a powerful message when it comes to diversity.
I love, love, love this series and this book in particular.