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Ages 9 - 12 years
A thrilling sequel from an exciting new voice in middle-grade sci-fi tracks two ocean-born children braving the dangers of the Above World.
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."
Jenn Reese's MIRAGE, the sequel to her stunning debut ABOVE WORLD, promises to capture imaginations of both old and young. I loved ABOVE WORLD and am currently reading MIRAGE, and so far I can hardly put it down. As soon as I'm finished I will post a review here. In the meantime, you can check out my interview with Jenn Reese HERE.
ABOVE WORLD really took me by surprise. I assumed it was going to be a mermaid story. Boy was I wrong. This is a fast-paced dystopian science fiction adventure -- for kids! MIRAGE is proving to be equally exciting.