Vulture's Wake

Vulture's Wake

by Kirsty Murray
     
 

In this page-turning futuristic novel, a young woman finds out what it means to be living in a world destroyed by war, and a young man discovers that his only chance of survival is to question everything his parents taught him.

Even though he is half dead, Callum is lucky. It is Bo's roboraptor who finds him-not the rogue Outstationers from whom the boy

Overview

In this page-turning futuristic novel, a young woman finds out what it means to be living in a world destroyed by war, and a young man discovers that his only chance of survival is to question everything his parents taught him.

Even though he is half dead, Callum is lucky. It is Bo's roboraptor who finds him-not the rogue Outstationers from whom the boy has escpaped. But even as Bo nurses Callum back to health, the Outstationers are homing in. The two barely escape capture when Callum discovers something incredible: Bo is a girl, maybe the last girl in a world in which females are thought to be extinct. And now, by helping Callum, she has put her own life at risk. With the Outstationers in hot pursuit, the two set off across a dangerous continent in hopes of finding haven in the city of Vulture's Gate. But nothing can prepare them for what they encounter at the end of their journey.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—In this sci-fi, dystopian adventure, a mutated avian flu caused the complete extinction of the female populace. Or so many believe, including Callum, 11, a Colony-created "chosen" boy who's abducted from his fathers' Refuge by Outstationers and sold to nomad performers. After escaping, he's rescued by loner Bo but their safety is fleeting. On the run with Bo and her best roboraptor, Callum makes a surprising discovery: Bo's a girl, and he's never seen one before. Naive and misinformed, they head toward Vulture's Gate in search of Callum's fathers, safety, and the truth. They constantly trade one dangerous situation for another. They come across different people and factions with agendas, like the humanity-loathing Sons of Gaia and the Colony's Squadrones and its shemales of Mater Misericordiae (who hold captive surviving girls for cruel breeding practices). Slightly vague, the novel needs more backstory. Were the avian flu and the resulting lack of women the sole factors prompting such dire straits? That said, this fast-paced read has an interesting premise/cast of characters and well-drawn protagonists with a palpable bond both realistically awkward and tender. Despite their ages, the story is best suited to teens. Give it to reluctant readers and fans of survival fiction and sci-fi like Patrick Ness's "Chaos Walking" series (Candlewick).—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Across a barren post-apocalyptic landscape, Callum is running for his life. Kidnapped by outlaws and forced to perform in a traveling circus, he escapes in an effort to get back home. But there's virtually nowhere to hide when he can't run far or fast enough. He's rescued by Bo, another young survivor, who joins Callum on the run. But the danger is now even more extreme, because Bo is a female . . . a gender thought wiped out by bird flu ages ago. Now they are running for more than their lives-they're running to find not just safety but freedom in an entirely new world. Murray populates Callum's world with futuristic terminology and gadgets (Callum has a toy iPenguin in which his fathers have left him a message, Bo has a clutch of roboraptors that do her hunting and they ride a peyote-fueled motorbike called a Daisy-May). This is an interesting premise, but it needs more pages and development to fully rise to its promise. With a strong start, this story will probably carry readers through to the end, even though the last half falters in pace and credibility. (Science fiction. 12-15)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422821
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.01(d)
Lexile:
HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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