CHILDREN OF THE LOST by David Whitley

CHILDREN OF THE LOST

From the "Agora Trilogy" series, volume 2
Age Range: 13 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Appearances can deceive, and light hides in darkness just as darkness hides in light. When Mark and Lily discover the seemingly perfect bucolic world outside the great city of Agora, they bring disharmony—and in Giseth, disharmony leads to destruction. (As evidence of this, The Speaker, who dictates village decisions, is physically torn to pieces in a violent emotional eruption.) From there they learn to ride the Nightmare, the monstrous emotions harmony holds at bay, and walk in memory, which leads them to the Cathedral of the Lost and readers’ realization that their strange world is the future of a world not unlike ours. Poetic writing, a genuine friendship, taut plotting (although slightly episodic): This is a worthy follow-up to the first volume, but it’s much darker and more complex. Indeed, this moves from sophisticated middle-grade fare to science fantasy that wouldn’t be out of place in the adult genre section, aside from the 14-year-old protagonists, whose innocence and ignorance may be what will bring down their corrupt and broken world in the third volume. (Dystopic fantasy. 13 & up)

Pub Date: Jan. 18th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59643-614-5
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2010