Author: Jenn Reese
Publisher: Walker PressISBN: 978-1-4063-4829-3Price: £6.99Pages: 356Age Group: 9+
Thirteen-year-old Aluna has lived her entire life under the ocean with the Coral Kampii in the City of Shifting Tides. But after centuries spent hidden from the Above World, her colony’s survival is in doubt. The Kampii’s breathing necklaces are failing, but the elders are unwilling to venture above water to seek answers. Only headstrong Aluna and her friend Hoku are stubborn and bold enough to face the terrors of land to search for way to save their people.
This books is a quest, a bold adventure that only children can undertake. I love that the hero and a kick-ass hero at that is a a girl. Aluna trains in secret with her brothers as her peoples population is on the small side they have been ordered to keep their ladies safe. This gives rise to a young lady who is ot taken seriously despite being an obviously gifted warrior.
The best part of the book was finding out that the authentic voice and amazing fighting skills are written by an authority on the subject. The author, Jenn Reese, studies many martial arts and this over-flows into Aluna’s story. Reese thanks her World of Warcraft guild in her acknowledgements in the book, which is fab as this book is about a war for survival.
This acknowledgement shows that Reese is serious about Warcraft and this really adds credibility to the story. Aluna’s story is more realistic and has an edge of The Hunger Games about it.
The ending is just ripe for a sequel, especially the part about the Aluna’s tail. Even the structure of the story is slick, everything and everyone mentioned in the book has a purpose.
If you like si-fi, adventure and a great read, then this book is a must.
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