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Mirage (Above World) Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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Gr 5-8-In this sequel to Above World (Candlewick, 2012), power-hungry Karl Strand will stop at nothing in his quest for domination over all peoples, humans genetically modified long ago to survive in different environments: the underwater Kampii, the Aviars of the skies, and the horselike Equians, and the half-human/half-snake Serpenti of the deserts. Aluna, a Kampii, and her friends must race against time to convince the Equians and Serpenti to let go of their long-standing conflict and stand together against Strand and his malicious clone, Scorch. Mirage features compelling characters, plenty of action, and a thoroughly imagined world in which mermaids, centaurs, and others must work together to survive despite their differences. Those unfamiliar with the first book may find it difficult to cobble together a complete understanding of the Above World and its villain, but the dynamic plotline will keep readers engaged.-Sara Saxton, Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow, AKα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Aluna, the young ocean-dweller Kampii, is back and still racing to save herself and her friends in Reese’s imaginative sequel to Above World (2012). Traveling overland with pals Hoku, Calli, and Dash, Aluna’s plan is to reach the desert city of Mirage and warn Dash’s kind, the horselike Equians, about the evil plans of megalomaniacal Karl Strand to conquer all Above Worlders. Obstacles in their way include the evil clone, Scorch, who harbors nothing but bad intentions for the young heroes, and the secret, very unwanted growth of Aluna’s mermaid tail as she struggles through the dry desert landscape. Creativity flowers throughout the narrative, with the different types of human descendants—winged Aviars; merpeople Kampii; merciless Upgraders, with their tech-scavenged bodies; half-snake Serpenti—capturing the reader’s fancy. The strong friendships between Aluna and her pals are refreshingly free of too much drama and predictable romantic ties, although innocent love does blossom here and there. A strong sequel that should garner continued interest in this engaging, innovative middle-grade series. Grades 5-8. --Julie Trevelyan
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-with regards and love Hailey
In Above World, Jenn Reese created a world where people had been modified to live underwater, in the skies with wings, or in the high desert as half-human/half-horse. Now, she has added half-human/half-snake. But it's not the concept of physically changing people so they can live wherever they need to that's so fascinating, it's their individual cultures and their peoples. Here, her heroine, the originally underwater dwelling Aluna, along with her best friend Hoku, continue to fight Karl Strand who seeks to enslave everyone by "upgrading" them -- adding technology onto their very bodies. Aluna is a great character -- a valiant warrior, a leader, a loving friend, and she is also becoming both a woman and a mermaid. But, in this book the biggest growth is not that of her accepting her tail and learning to become a better fighter with it, it is her beginning to accept that she cannot always be in charge -- and that her friends love her for being Aluna, not just the strong warrior and leader she is. The other main characters from Above World -- Hoku, Calli, and Dash -- are fully realized as are the new characters, Tayan, Tal, Rollon, Scorch, Nathif, and many more. The plot is full of action and the fights are marvelous -- as a martial artist, Jenn knows that pain is acceptable if you want to win.
My niece adored Above World; I can't wait for her to read this!
I can't wait for the final one!