My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of the ARC from the publisher.
I stepped through the covers of this book and was transported into a world that felt both new and vaguely familiar. I was baffled and disoriented and yet I understood that a visceral struggle for power was underway. I was supposed to feel this way. In addition to what felt like a deliberate move on Friesen’s part to disorient the reader, the world-building struck me, well-crafted and well-conceived. What is that world like?
There are those who live above, not allowed to emote, not allowed many things. Books are anathema. Those who live below control the earth’s water. They are characterized by those above as beasts. But the keeper of the path to the aquifer is about to find out the truth.
Filled with action and suspense, but also real heart, this is a grade middle grade or young adult read which I predict will appeal to a wide audience of readers, though most particularly dystopian fans. Friesen knows how to help his characters walk the coming of age path with becoming trite or maudlin. He’s masterfully woven past, present and future into this very engaging read.
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