THE SKY VILLAGE by Monk Ashland


Kaimira: Book One
Age Range: 10 - 13
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This dull post-apocalyptic fantasy opens a new series. Beasts (wild animals, all working together) and meks (robots originally created to serve humans) roam free and violent across the globe, while humans struggle to survive. In decrepit Las Vegas, 13-year-old Rom scrambles for scraps of food for his sister Riley. When their father shows up having gone “beast”—humans sometimes melt down by becoming similar to beasts or meks—Rom and Riley obey his order to fetch an object from underground. They find the Demon Caves, where slave-owning gangster Diamond Teeth imprisons Riley and forces Rom into deadly, demon-channeling coliseum fights. In China, 12-year-old Mei unwillingly leaves Luo Ye Village to join Sky Village, a community held continuously aloft by hot-air balloons. Mei and Rom meet from afar via the Tree Book (a dystopic, graceless version of Barbara Lehman’s 2005 Caldecott Honor–winning Red Book). Both have the rare Kaimira gene—they’re genetically mek and beast as well as human. Mediocre prose with vague mechanics; steer sky adventurers to Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn (2004) instead. (Fantasy. 10-13)

Pub Date: July 8th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3524-4
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2008