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The Fog Diver Hardcover – May 26, 2015
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Gr 4–6—It's been years since the formation of the deadly Fog that drove the last people from the surface of the Earth. The only remaining humans live in towns high in the mountaintops. With few resources, it's a hard life. For a slum kid like Chess, working on a salvage airship is the best way to keep from starving. As his ship's tetherboy, Chess must dive into the Fog and recover relics from Earth that can be traded for food for his crew. Most tether boys don't last a year. Those who avoid the Fog sharks eventually succumb to Fog sickness in the end. All except Chess. For Chess, the Fog never hurts. Chess's deepest secret is that he was born in the Fog, and it has marked him. His whole life, Chess has kept his head down and avoided notice. Now things are changing. Mrs. E., Chess's guardian, is dying of Fog sickness, and Chess and his friends must race against the clock to get her to the cure. Unfortunately, the greedy Lord Kodoc has found out about Chess's affinity for Fog and has made other plans. With plenty of action, and characters who are as precocious as they are prodigious at their airship duties, this is a fun beginning to a unique new series. An abundance of pop culture references gone hilariously wrong add appeal for reluctant readers. Oh, and there are air pirates! VERDICT A solid choice for fans of adventure series or speculative fiction.—Liz Overberg, Darlington School, Rome, GA
“Ross wastes no time with his worldbuilding, establishing Chess and his crew as a misfit found family working the Fog by day and sharing stories by night. It’s a fresh approach, reminiscent of Dickens…the only thing missing is a sequel, which readers hope won’t be far behind. ” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“With plenty of action, and characters who are as precocious as they are prodigious at their airship duties, this is a fun beginning to a unique new series. An abundance of pop culture references gone hilariously wrong add appeal for reluctant readers. Oh, and there are air pirates!” (School Library Journal)
“Complex, lovable characters; a magical, dangerous world; and a struggle to survive against overwhelming odds. I couldn’t put it down!” (Sage Blackwood, author of the Jinx trilogy)
“Fast-paced and clever, filled with brave, talented characters—my favorite! It’s a classic adventure novel with a postapocalyptic flair and witty reimaginings of modern folklore.” (Merrie Haskell, author of The Castle Behind Thorns)
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This is a great read for its target age. My 9 year old son will love it but even my 14 year old daughter is taken with it. The story is fresh and different; It's a dystopian novel but not at all usual. Great plot twists and diverse characters with an intriguing mystery keep the action going. The author reveals the storyline piece by piece while skillfully building the world around the characters.
My only complaint is this - the author cleverly has the characters mix up words and ideas from history (Made Marian and Robbing the Hood) but supposedly these stories come from bits of history collected in a scrapbook by Chess's father. If they read these stories they would know that the word was "kaleidoscope" not "colliding scope". Just a thought, but not one that's going to bother young readers.
I have no qualms in recommending this series for all ages. I'm looking forward to the next book.
In any event, I worried that she would stall out after losing interest in Riordan's KANE CHRONICLES. Instead of forcing her to finish that series, I let her cut bait and she decided to give this book, and its sequel, a try.
And she's really loving it. She enjoys the world, the main character and often comments on the humor -- which is something that really appealed to her in the Percy Jackson books.
So... All good. Anything that keeps her interested in books is a Win in my book.
I was a little bummed it is the first in a series. I am getting "series-ed" out. But since I connected with the the characters I'll definitely read the second to see how it all plays out.
I'm a fifth grade teacher and would even consider this as a read aloud (which is a big honor because we only have time for about 5 books over the year).
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