Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it no longer exists. Cities have disappeared beneath the sea, technology no longer functions, and human civilization has reverted to a much more primitive state.
For the residents of Wing, an isolated northern island, time is running out. As the sea swallows precious acres and threatened to claim their very lives, they must look beyond their tiny island home for refuge.
Only fifteen-year-old Mara has the vision and the will to lead them all in search of a new beginning in this harsh, unfamiliar world. She learn of sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising water, and she is finally able to convince the islanders that finding their way to New Mungo, the closest of the New World cities, is their only chance for survival. But upon reaching the mysterious high-tech civilization, they are shut out of the city, blocked from their only chance at sanctuary. Mara must find a way past the walls to save her people, even if it means risking everything.
Character Development: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Total Score: 63/70
Obtained: Public Library.
Cussing: Some, but very limited.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Few mentions of alcohol.
Sexual Content: None.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Plague and famine, graphic death, child slavery.
What a vivid book! Though it took me a LONG time to read for no apparent reason (it's not very long), I never lost interest in it or considered giving it up. The story was a fascinating look at our future if we continue to kill the Earth. I am impressed by Julie Bertagna's predictions and the way she contained this message in a book that isn't dry as a bone by any means, but exciting and fascinating.
The world of 2099 flooding Earth is a strange one indeed, but it makes for an epic storyline. Mara was a wonderful character that I connected with on many levels, and her journey was realistically paced yet enthralling. The many sides of this devastated world that she sees provoke thought. From the one-time haven of the island of Wing to the dark and dreary netherworld where life manages to flourish to the hypertechno New World cities in the sky, this world was created with a wise scientific eye.
Fans of The Hunger Games would love this book, I think. It has the same brilliant adventure-story feel to it and the futuristic scene is not overwhelming. I laud Bertagna for this creation! Read it.