By A.T. MacDonnacha
198 pages – ages 8+
Published by Little Boy Blue Productions on November 20, 2012
Baboogan and his father, Haiyugen, lived on an island. The place they, and the others they lived with, thought was the only habitable place in the world after the Great Floods happened. Now they are lost at sea. Angry for being banished to the other side of the island for being outspoken and disagreeable, Baboogan and Haiyugen left the island. Then they got completely lost when they sailed through a terrible storm. That is, until they beach on a strange island. To their amazement, the strange island had people on it. There, they meet a man who has a map that shows the world before the great floods, and may have Haiyugen and Baboogan’s island marked on it. They see if they can find a crew who will sail with them, following the winds and waves, to who-knows-where; maybe back to Haiyugen and Baboogan’s island or maybe to new wondrous worlds, or maybe just getting them hopelessly lost.
I like the dystopian feel to this story. The Great Floods idea is pretty unique (the story isn’t about Noah’s Ark – it mentions electricity in the prologue, and there are modern things in the book, too, so it happens in “modern” times). I like Haiyugen. He’s a pretty cool guy and I like how logical he is. Glic (the guy with the map) is another character that stuck out for me. The islands the crew journey to are very unique (one has 12-inch high people on it!) and interesting (one has only birds on it!). The story had a Jules Verne/Odyssey feel to it. The places the characters visited were described vividly and Mr. MacDonnacha made them pretty believable. Mr. MacDonnacha has a great writing style, the story didn’t drag at all. One part of the plot that rang a little odd to me was there was hardly any conflict among the crew on the ship. They were wandering around the sea, it seems like a good place to put some conflict, but that’s just my opinion. I think this is a great book for kids that love sci-fi/dystopian adventures! I’d readily read the next book in this series.
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