March 1, 2012

Above World by Jenn Reese {Review}

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publish Date: February 14, 2012
Source: Publisher for honest review
Thirteen-year-old Aluna has lived her entire life under the ocean, just like all the Coral Kampii in the City of Shifting Tides. But after remaining hidden from the Above World for centuries, her colony is now in trouble, its survival in doubt -- the tech that allows the Kampii to breathe underwater is beginning to fail. Yet the colony's elders are unwilling to venture to the dry and dangerous Above World to search for answers.
So it's up to Aluna and her friend Hoku to face the terrors of land to find a solution. Will Aluna's warrior spirit and Hoku's intelligence be enough not only to keep themselves safe but also to find a way to save their city and possibly the world?

Above World was a fast and crazy wild ride. When the book first starts you’re thrown into a shark attack within the first 5 pages! It was a bit jarring since my last book was pretty slow, but once I got used to it, it was rather enjoyable.

Jenn Reese creates a completely different world I never saw coming. I knew Above World would be a little different than anything else I’d read since the synopsis seemed to point to an underwater world without mermaids, but there’s so much more to the world than that. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, though, so I won’t get into too much. Reese’s descriptions of all the technology and how it was used kept blowing my mind, but in a good way.

Hoku was definitely my favorite character of the bunch. He was timid, but still managed to be strong when he needed to be. His character growth was the most natural. Aluna did grow as a character, but it seemed almost too manufactured. I really, really enjoyed the Aviars as a whole, but I don’t want to spoil them.
Zorro was so cool! I want one for myself :]

The Nutshell: Above World holds much more than an underwater world and its inhabitants view of the world above. There’s adventure, action, awesome characters, and a totally new earth in a strange future. From the instant you open the book you’re thrown into a whirlwind of activity and it doesn’t let up until you turn the last page. If you enjoy quick-paced middle grade and crazy futuristic worlds, you should definitely give this book a try.

Pages: 368
Series: Above World #1
Rating: 3.5 stars


  1. This looks brill - great review!

  2. This one had completely slipped past me! I think I've seen the cover before, but I haven't yet read any reviews. The world sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jasmine! :)
    - Lauren

  3. I'm glad to hear this one was good :) I'm really looking forward to it.


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