The Fog Diver

Book review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Futuristic dystopian novel has clever characters, suspense.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain.

Positive Messages

Strong messages about resilience, loyalty, resourcefulness, and survival. Family can come in many shapes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Major characters are complex, strongly resilient and resourceful, supportive, and loyal. They have a particularly fierce loyalty in light of being a chosen family rather than a biological one. Minor characters are simplistically good or bad.


Death from a brain sickness described as a scream, then slumping; a man is attacked by a goose; girl knees guy a few times; multiple crashes of airships; airships shot at with cannon fire; girl punches man in the neck; woman slowly dies from a brain illness; suspense and near-collisions or capture throughout from intimidating characters.


Minor discussions of crushes.


"Butt," "jerk."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Fog Diver is a spirited apocalyptic steampunk fantasy novel about a future where a deadly fog has moved all remaining people on earth into the mountains. They travel in airships and fight for resources, and only a chosen few can survive in the remaining atmosphere. The book has some mild violence, a dying major character, and teens facing life-and-death peril at every turn, but the characters are lively and resilient. Best for kids who are adept readers drawn to futuristic stories, but it may hook reluctant readers too.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byEric M. July 15, 2018

Some very dark elements

My 10-year-old daughter loved the setting and characters, but there are some dark and disturbing things surrounding the main bad guy. It describes him lowering... Continue reading
Adult Written byKaris M. February 18, 2018

Fast-paced dystopian adventure

Kids will enjoy the funny interpretations of "the old days", which is our current culture. The kids are brave, resourceful, loyal to Mrs E and each o... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 27, 2019

I’ve read it Over four times

This is THE BEST book ever and If you are mentally mature enough I think a eleven year old can read it.

What's the story?

THE FOG DIVER takes place in the future, when the earth is covered in a deadly fog that has killed off most people, leaving primarily animals alive. The humans who remain now live in the mountains and must dive into the fog to retrieve food and items for survival. Among the humans is 13-year-old Chess, a boy with one "freak eye" who has the unique ability to survive the deadly fog. Friends Bea, Hazel, and Swedish are determined to find a cure for the fog sickness affecting their designated mother, Mrs. E., who once saved them. To do that, they must traverse a deadly fogscape in a rickety airship beset by pirates and misfits.

Is it any good?

Full of suspense and peril, this fresh steampunk adventure is fast-paced, fun, and inventive, with a clever premise of humans fighting for survival despite a deadly shift in atmosphere. With a band of teenagers out to save the day, it weaves in relatable aspects of teen life, fun ideas about the future (cash exists as the best toilet paper around), and questions of identity and belonging that will resonate with any kid who has ever felt like a misfit. It will reward skilled readers and draw in those less likely to gravitate toward longer works.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dystopian novels. Why do you think they're so popular?

  • How realistic does the future universe described here seem? Does it seem possible to you? Why, or why not?

  • Why do you think so many futuristic novels assume we will revert to a barter system?

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For kids who love fantasy and dystopian novels

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