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Gr 5–8—Phoebe Plumm lives in Meridian, a society controlled by the Foundry, a powerful corporation churning out unbelievable technology. Her father is an executive there, and his secretive work means that he is often away from home. Lonely, but incredibly spoiled, the 12-year-old spends her time playing pranks on Micah, a household servant, until she and her father are kidnapped by Foundry men. With Micah's help, Phoebe escapes and the two set off on a rescue mission. As they traverse the landscape of a peculiar world called Mehk, they discover that the metal Meridian uses for its technology is not mined, but rather harvested from intelligent beings who have their own language, culture, and even religion. Phoebe is horrified by her father's work and is determined to make things right. The authors have created an imaginative and profound world. The descriptions of the Mekhans are so original and detailed, readers might think these creatures actually exist. "Despite his attire, he was anything but human. His limbs were long, flexible hoses of tarnished metal, and instead of a lantern on his head, the lantern was his head." Combining elements of fantasy and steampunk, The Foundry's Edge explores how the exploitation and destruction of one group unfairly advances another. A fine addition to any middle grade collection.—Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ
The Foundry, a metal-forging behemoth, controls the world’s supply of trinkets, fashion, construction materials, vehicles, and, of course, weapons. Phoebe’s father is one of its most powerful players, and when he’s kidnapped by mysterious bespectacled animatrons, she and her nemesis turned friend, Micah, follow him into the depths of Mekh, a hidden world full of living metal. As Phoebe and Micah search the strange metallic environment, they realize that the Foundry hasn’t invented anything; it has merely plundered Mekh for its resources and enslaved its population. With a few new metal friends, the teens seek out Phoebe’s father, and she struggles to accept the part he has played in Mekh’s destruction. Baity and Zelkowicz put their experience as animators to work, describing the alien metal world and its mind-bendingly outlandish denizens with such an eye for visual detail that they clatter to life on the page. The imaginative world, whirlwind adventure, tense emotional stakes, and some well-placed laughs put this first in a planned series in the same stack as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Grades 5-8. --Sarah HunterSee all Editorial Reviews
The Foundry’s Edge, by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz is a solid MG/YA entry that, I’d say, had more potential than was met. Read morePublished 9 months ago by B. Capossere
I was given a copy of this book free for an honest review which I've given.
I really liked this book. I give it 4 1/2 stars since I didn't quite love it. Read more
This was an awesome read! An endlessly inventive world, one of which I crave to see more of. I hope we get to see what happens next!Published 11 months ago by Beefwalker
"The First Book of Ore: The Foundry's Edge" is a very refined and accomplished debut from authors Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ren Höek
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Quick & Dirty: This book wasn’t for me. I didn’t connect with the characters and spent most of the time confused. Read more
The Foundry's Edge is, on the one hand, a tale of bonds between people. How they are formed, get tested, are broken, and get reinforced. Read morePublished 14 months ago by momof2
I picked up this book not quite knowing what to expect other than a story about children being chased by creepy adult men, which isn't my usual go-to. I loved it! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Xiapet
I loved this book. I was hooked at the cable cycle chase scene. No spoiler...just get to that point. It's so exciting! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dillon Markey
The Foundry's Edge takes readers of ALL ages on an exciting ride through a totally new and highly original world. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Adele