The Fog Diver

Book review by Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Futuristic dystopian novel has clever characters, suspense.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 13+

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 pregnant women into the fog (many of whom die from this) to see if they'll birth a special child who the bad guy then wants to work to death. Another bad guy killed his parents by kicking them into the fog. My daughter was so bothered by the content we decided not to finish it.

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Too much violence
age 10+

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 other. Chess struggles with feeling like a freak, but his friends love and accept him and help him feel normal. There is a very brief mention that one of the orphans had two dads. One of the characters is very violent-natured, but not in a graphic way. Kids will enjoy this fast-paced dystopian adventure.

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