From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9–In a dystopian future where children are expendable and society is in chaos, Bradley, Victor, Floris, and their canine companions fight for survival. The children are kept from becoming feral by the stories of the Old Woman who watches out for them, stories of a time where humanity wasnt in ruins. One night, Floris is kidnapped and taken to the Invisible City, from which no child ever returns. Bradley, his dog, and Victor set out through the Forbidden Territories, which are ruled by vicious warlords, to rescue the girl. The world depicted in this novel, with its cinematic pacing and well-drawn characters, is brutal. The violence is not overly graphic, but there are several dogfight scenes that might be disturbing to sensitive readers. A thrilling adventure reminiscent of Rodman Philbricks The Last Book in the Universe
(Scholastic, 2000).–Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
*Starred Review* Gr. 6-9. A dismal, near-future setting provides an unforgettable backdrop for this survival tale of courage, kinship, and caring. During the Dead Time the markets collapsed and the riots began. Power was gradually returned to the walled Invisible City, and the unwanted were banished to the Zones, which are ruled by vicious warlords. Three children--Bradley, Victor, and Floris--and three dogs live a hardscrabble existence in the basement of an old warehouse, where the Old Woman tells them stories that can help them survive. When Floris is kidnapped, the other children make their way through the dangerous Forbidden Territories in a bid to rescue her. The suspense is palpable, and the characters are vividly realized, both in their present predicament and in their haunting, fragmented memories of the time before. Truly an edge-of-the-chair read. Sally EstesCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved