Published by HarperCollins on May 26th 2015
Genres: Friendship, Humor, Middle Grade, Orphans & Foster Homes, Post-Apocalyptic, steampunk
Joel Ross debuts a thrilling adventure series in which living in the sky is the new reality and a few determined slum kids just might become heroes. This Texas Bluebonnet selection—a fantasy filled with daring and hope and a wonderfully imaginative world—is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull.
Once the Fog started rising, the earth was covered with a deadly white mist until nothing remained but the mountaintops. Now humanity clings to its highest peaks, called the Rooftop, where the wealthy Five Families rule over the lower slopes and floating junkyards.
Thirteen-year-old Chess and his friends Hazel, Bea, and Swedish sail their rickety air raft over the deadly Fog, scavenging the ruins for anything they can sell to survive. But now survival isn't enough. They must risk everything to get to the miraculous city of Port Oro, the only place where their beloved Mrs. E can be cured of fogsickness. Yet the ruthless Lord Kodoc is hot on their trail, for Chess has a precious secret, one that Kodoc is desperate to use against him. Now Chess will face any danger to protect his friends, even if it means confronting what he fears the most.
- I really enjoyed the cover of this book, love covers with the steampunk look.
- MG & Steampunk? Yes Please!
- Enjoyed the Writing flow right from the start, knew they were going to be characters I liked.
The Story & Characters:
- The story takes place in an apocalyptic future. I want to say very close to our time maybe a little further ahead. Loved all the references they would make about the “past”. They even messed up the meaning of some things which made it really funny.
- The Story is told in one POV Chess, I actually enjoyed all the kids in this book. I wanted more character development, but the world build was pretty good, I actually found it very interesting how the world was destroyed.
- The book has a LOT of information in the beginning and it seemed a little slow however the end makes up for it with it’s fast paced action. I am hoping the next books will have a lot more action in it since a lot of what was in this books was build and information.
- I really liked everything about this book and can’t wait to continue the adventure in the next book.
- Overall I think this is a great book with a really great story. I loved the build of the world and the background of how the world is in ruins.
- I would recommend to MG and Adults. This has a lot of fun references and some parts make me laugh. I adored the kids and think this is the start of a great series.
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