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The Fog Diver
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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.
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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.
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