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Kaimira: The Sky Village: Book One Hardcover – July 8, 2008

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In a future world devastated by the Trinary Wars, human beings battle for supremacy with beasts and intelligent machines called meks. Though they have never met and live half a world apart, 12-year-old Mei and 13-year-old Rom communicate through their respective copies of the fabulous, interactive Tree Book, inhabited (or possessed?) by something calling itself Animus. The kids’ body chemistry also contains something odd—the Kaimira Gene, which means that their human genes are intermixed with mek and beast elements. Talk about multiple-personality disorder! The first volume of a planned five-book series, this title is short on characterization and long on plot complications. It’s also as much a hybrid as Mei and Rom, part book, part online opportunity; the title contains a mini-packet of appended matter that guides readers to a companion Web site, where they’ll find fun and games, including an interactive online community and behind-the-scenes glimpses. Kids will be tantalized, but adults will probably throw up their hands. Move over, Brave New World. Grades 5-8. --Michael Cart

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A dazzling start to what promises to be a sensational new series, The Sky Village hosts a likable and sympathetic cast of characters, an exciting and fast-paced plot, and a wonderfully rich and believable setting. Occasional illustrations compliment the story nicely by allowing for better visualizations of this fantastical world and its inhabitants. While I enjoyed almost everything about this book, I especially liked the descriptions of Mei's life on the balloons. The Ashlands have created a unique landscape that spoke to the child in me. I could see the sky walkers dancing across ropes from balloon to balloon as Mei watched breathlessly. It was a stark contrast to the dark underbelly of Las Vegas that served as home to Rom and his sister, Riley.

Geared toward middle readers, I think even adult fans of science fiction and fantasy books will be pleased with The Sky Village. I'll definitely be looking for the second installment, when hopefully we'll be introduced Lizard Girl, another Tree Book owner we've yet to meet. -- Traci's Book Bag, July 18, 2008

I was drawn into the story so much that I found myself thinking about it during the day and looking forward to finding out what was happening to Mei and Rom when I finally got my kids into bed and could get back to my book. I resisted the urge to read straight through in one night, but instead paced myself to spread it out over a week so I could prolong the pleasure. I can't wait till the next volume of this five book series comes out. -- Andromeda Jazmon, Blogger/Librarian

If you love to read novels with complex, unusual and well-realized futuristic societies, you will likely enjoy The Sky Village. It's clear that Monk and Nigel Ashland put real heart into developing a believable and intricate world. The episodes in the Sky Village itself were my favourite parts of the story. I could really imagine this huge floating city drifting above the Chinese landscape. I'm sure that there will be many fans Rom's plotline, as the demonsmithing scenes are dark and thrilling. This is a story for guys and girls, for anyone who loves tales of adventure and other worlds. -- Guys Lit Wire, July 18, 2008

In Sky Village, the Ashlands combine elements of future story, fantasy, survival, adventure, identity, and culture. The series reminds me a bit of Philip Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles (Mortal Engines and the like). Although Reeve's series is aimed at a slightly older audience than the Kaimira series, both grapple with ideas about Otherness and possible ways of interacting with those who are different from ourselves. -- Laura Baas, Blogger/Librarian

Monk and Nigel Ashland's The Sky Village oscillates between pulse-raising action, and heartfelt takes on grief and loss. Both primary characters are richly written, and the emotional travails Rom and Mei face come across in sharp paragraphs and gripping situations. The depth of familial love is captured perfectly as Rom helps his sister construct puppets modeled after their parents, and Mei relishes her time with one of her mother's pets.

Though a teen series, Rom and Mei wrestle with adult situations as both must save those around them by recognizing and controlling their newfound genetics. Throughout The Sky Village profound questions are raised, such as a futility of progress in science, the price of power, and what differentiates man, beast, and machine. The Sky Village is an exciting new entrance into the children's literature world, and a worthy contender. -- Bri Meets Books, June 21, 2008

The Sky Village is a unique fantasy with rich world building. Monk and Nigel Ashland have created two fascinating cultures, each of which shows elements of their root cultures. The Sky Village is a lovely concept, a city made of balloons tied together and floating above China. The culture of the Sky Village is an interesting mixture of traditional Chinese elements with unique elements unique to an airborne society. I particularly loved the nuptial rituals. The caves under Las Vegas, by contrast, have a culture steeped in greed and gambling that seems appropriate to their location.

The characters are also interesting, varied and colorful. The two protagonists are likable, sympathetic, and quite human: they make mistakes and they fail, sometimes with disastrous consequences, but they are both courageous and caring, and try to make up for their mistakes. -- Wands and Worlds, July 14, 2008

The new Kaimira series opens with an exciting first book that pulls you directly into the world of the Kaimira Code, and I am eager to find out what happens in the next installment. -- The Edge of the Forest, June 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Kaimira (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763635243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763635244
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,401,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Sky Village is the soaring debut to Monk and Nigel Ashland's new young adult series, Kaimira. The Ashlands take the reader to a futuristic world where humans, animals and intelligent machines called meks have been fighting for decades.

In China, twelve-year-old Mei Long's mother has been kidnapped by meks. Her father sends her to live in the Sky Village, an intricate web of hot air balloons that flies high above the earth, while he remains on land to search for his wife. He entrusts Mei with the care of the Tree Book. Mei's mother would read to her from the Tree Book each evening, telling her fantastic tales of children with names like Breaker and Lizard Girl. Her father warns her not to open the book, but Mei, desperate for a way to find her mother, disobeys him. She soon discovers that the Tree Book is no ordinary book. The children from the stories are real, and Mei's book allows her to communicate with Breaker, a teenage boy whose real name is Rom. Rom knows Mei as Dragonfly from his own parents' stories.

Rom lives in the ruins of Las Vegas, where the beasts roam freely and humans have been forced into hiding. Rom's younger sister, Riley, has been kidnapped by beast-mek hybrids known as demons. Rom enters the seedy Las Vegas underground where he is forced to learn the art of demonsmithing to save his sister. Rom's father was a master demonsmith, and Rom shares his father's natural abilities. The demonsmiths conjure beast-mek hybrids for elaborate fights to entertain gamblers in the underground.

Mei and Rom discover that they share the mysterious kaimira gene - a gene that mixes beast and mek elements with their human DNA. The gene gives both of them power that they don't fully understand and must struggle to control.
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The cover of THE SKY VILLAGE is wonderfully mysterious and drew my eye immediately. The forthcoming paperback edition makes even more of this brilliant image. My imagination seems to catch fire every time I'm offered a peek or romp through a new world. Not only does the cover offer this, but the story delivers on that promise.

Written for the 9 to 12 year old crowd, the book offers a lot of adventure for consenting adults as well. With the deluge of great books offered for kids these days, I find my reading time torn between adult and juvenile fiction. THE SKY VILLAGE will capture the attention of new science fiction readers as well as more experienced ones.

The authors, Monk and Nigel Ashland, have written a wonderful adventure filled with lean prose and characters just deep enough to think about. The illustrations by Jeff Nentrup bring the world to life and provide more visuals. That, apparently, was done by design. Judging from the book and authors' website, they intend to take the property to a cartoon or movie franchise. I would be happy to see them do either or both. I think this could be a successful transition.

I had to invest a little bit of time and effort into the book before it fully came to life for me. The beginning is interesting because Mei is being given to the sky village people by her father so he can go in search of her mother, who is missing and presumed dead or captured by the meks. Mei's situation is easily empathetic and will draw young readers in instantly to find out what happens to her next. The sky people live over what used to be China.

I was more curious about the sky village because the idea of people living suspended from hot air balloons and never touching the ground intrigued me.
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The Sky Village is the soaring debut to Monk and Nigel Ashland's new young adult series, Kaimira. The Ashlands take the reader to a futuristic world where humans, animals and intelligent machines called meks have been fighting for decades.

In China, twelve-year-old Mei Long's mother has been kidnapped by meks. Her father sends her to live in the Sky Village, an intricate web of hot air balloons that flies high above the earth, while he remains on land to search for his wife. He entrusts Mei with the care of the Tree Book. Mei's mother would read to her from the Tree Book each evening, telling her fantastic tales of children with names like Breaker and Lizard Girl. Her father warns her not to open the book, but Mei, desperate for a way to find her mother, disobeys him. She soon discovers that the Tree Book is no ordinary book. The children from the stories are real, and Mei's book allows her to communicate with Breaker, a teenage boy whose real name is Rom. Rom knows Mei as Dragonfly from his own parents' stories.

Rom lives in the ruins of Las Vegas, where the beasts roam freely and humans have been forced into hiding. Rom's younger sister, Riley, has been kidnapped by beast-mek hybrids known as demons. Rom enters the seedy Las Vegas underground where he is forced to learn the art of demonsmithing to save his sister. Rom's father was a master demonsmith, and Rom shares his father's natural abilities. The demonsmiths conjure beast-mek hybrids for elaborate fights to entertain gamblers in the underground.

Mei and Rom discover that they share the mysterious kaimira gene - a gene that mixes beast and mek elements with their human DNA. The gene gives both of them power that they don't fully understand and must struggle to control.
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