Above World

Above World

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In a future of high technology and genetic modification the Coral Kampii, like legendary mermaids, live isolated from the Above World, but when the devices that allows them to breathe underwater start to fail, thirteen-year-old Aluna and her friend Hoku go to that forbidden place to find help.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763662592
9780763654177
0763654175
Branch Call Number: j REE NVD
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 22 cm

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mcollier16
Jan 25, 2018

I really liked how this book was written; it's very easy to read and follow and I love the idea of the tech and all the different types of people. It's really easy to like the main characters as well and I enjoyed the relationships and character developement. However, this book is definitely NOT for children or juniors in any way. I don't even think adults should read it. The hapless murders of tons of people to "collect their parts" is really disgusting and disturbing to say the least. If the story were taken in a different direction with mystery, intrigue and a puzzle to solve instead of war, dismemberment, genocide and kidnapping people to make them into slaves and modify/experiment on their bodies, then I would have really loved this book. I can't read the rest of the trilogy. It reminds me of WW2 and what they did in prison camps. It's just a widespread dystopia of it.

white_owl_194 Aug 05, 2014

At first this book didn't interest me much, but it did at the end. This book is filled with amazing twists and turns that I've never seen applied to any books. If I could choose I wanted to be an Aviar the other choices frightens me, and I definitely don't want to live in the desert or under the ocean.

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SophieNagyfej
Jan 19, 2014

A very good book for middle school readers! My favorite character was Hoku. At first I wasn't all too crazy about him, but then he grew on me. Second book doesn't really relate to the first so much, but I know the third will.

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Jaryn
Jul 05, 2012

I really like when aluna was getting her tail, she refused and stole the seed.

BPLNextBestKids Apr 11, 2012

It is the future and the world and people we are used to have disappeared. Due to over-population, humans have been forced to use technology to adapt to living under the ocean, in the deserts and in the sky. However, greed and cruelty still exist and the generators allowing the under sea dwellers to breathe are being shut down and the people are dying. 13-year-old Aluna decides to go to “above world” (land) to try to find help for her people. She must depend on the friendship and loyalty of old friends and new if she is to succeed. This is a great book if you enjoy science-fiction. Reviewed by BPL volunteer EE.

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mcollier16
Jan 25, 2018

mcollier16 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

white_owl_194 Aug 05, 2014

white_owl_194 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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white_owl_194 Aug 05, 2014

"THE WORLD CANNOT CHANGE FOR US; THEREFORE WE MUST CHANGE OURSELVES FOR THE WORLD."
-Ali'ikai of the Coral Kampii,
born Sarah Jennings

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