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  • ISBN: 9781681626017
  • ISBN: 1681626012
  • ISBN: 9781681626024
  • ISBN: 1681626020
  • Physical Description: 300 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Turner Publishing Company, [2016]

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"On the barren plains of Below, a teenage boy named Hokk lives in isolation amid the remnants of Earth's modern age. On the floating islands in the skies of Above, Elia and her family are enslaved in endless drudgery until a natural disaster sends Elia plummeting to Below, where she meets Hokk and together they face airborne and terrestrial dangers and discover a powerful secret"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Survival > Fiction.
Hokk (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Genre: Science fiction.

  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2016 July

    Gr 8 Up—The world exists in two planes. Above, cities stand on islands that float in the sky. Below is a barren wasteland where only the strong survive. Elia is a laundress in the Mirrored Palace who spends her days toiling under the watchful eye of palace officials. When she is tasked with hiding a wooden box by a lady-in-waiting, she never dreams that it will send her tumbling over the edge to Below. Her world collides with Hokk, a boy who has been exiled from his city to the deserted prairie. He has never seen a body fall from the sky and survive, and believes that Elia could be his ticket out of exile. As they fight to survive, they learn that their worlds may be more entwined than they thought. The narrative is told in alternating voices; however, Elia's world Above is far more developed than Hokk's Below. Little background is given on how the two divisions came into existence, which leaves readers with many questions and without a particular allegiance to either character. A cliff-hanger abruptly ends the story, resulting in many questions for upcoming installments of the series. Overall, this is an interesting premise that was not fully developed. Here's hoping that the next volumes answer more questions, though only the most die-hard fans will likely continue reading. VERDICT In a crowded market of postapocalyptic thrillers, this one does not stand out.—Carli Worthman, Carmel Middle School, IN

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  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2016 December

    Gr 8 Up—This book picks up exactly where Below left off, with Hokk and Elia separated Below. Elia is living among the Torkin marauders, attempting to blend in as one of the male workers. Hokk is a wanted man in Torkin and must go to great lengths to reunite with Elia and free her so that they can continue their quest to Above. Along the way, they are being pursued by a Torkin warrior who has been acting as Elia's protector and wants to see Hokk dead. They are also trying to find another woman who fell from Above many years earlier, and they hope that she will provide insight into their journey and possibly join them. Meanwhile, a new set of characters are introduced, and they become instrumental in the protagonists' quest to locate Elia's family and solve the mystery of the box she carries with her from her days as a palace laundress. The author moves the plot along more quickly than in the first installment, filling in holes regarding the history of the invented world. He also brings in many more characters, most of whom are disappointingly one-dimensional. The box that Elia carries with her from Above is the motivation for her desperation to return home, but it is not discussed much until the end of the story, and the delay in making these connections may frustrate some readers. The tale concludes with a cliff-hanger, setting up what will hopefully be a decisive third installment of the series. VERDICT Purchase where the first volume is popular.—Carli Sauer, Carmel Middle School, IN

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.

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