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By Jenn Reese

A suspenseful sci-fi escapade plucks youngsters out of the sea for an exciting adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Aluna has lived her whole lifestyles less than the sea with the Coral Kampii within the urban of transferring Tides. yet after centuries spent hidden from the Above international, her colony’s survival is in danger. The Kampii’s respiring necklaces are failing, however the elders are unwilling to enterprise above water to hunt solutions. merely headstrong Aluna and her buddy Hoku are obdurate and ambitious sufficient to stand the terrors of land to look for solution to shop their humans. yet can Aluna’s fierce selection and battling abilities and Hoku’s tech-savvy maintain them secure? Set in an international the place overcrowding has led people to conform — becoming tails to dwell below the sea or wings to live to tell the tale mountains — here's a journey via a destiny the place greed and cruelty have long gone unchecked, however the loyalty of neighbors continues to be precise.

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Sure, he was once a clone, yet an inferior one. you notice, the method is imperfect. all of us proportion an illustrious genetic history . . . yet now not we all are our father’s equivalent. “Tempest used to be greedy,” Fathom stated. “He was once given the identify of Sky grasp and ordered to break the Aviars if he couldn't tame them, yet that wasn’t more than enough for him. He desired to rule them. to show them into his personal own military. however the Aviars are savages. not like extra civilized humans, they selected to struggle to the dying instead of to undergo his will. They battled like devils opposed to him. Technically the Aviar chief struck the killing blow, however it was once my brother’s hubris, his unimaginable conceitedness, that destroyed him. ” Aluna stood up straighter and raised her chin. She used to be proud to name the Aviars and President Iolanthe her allies. “Tempest was once silly to disobey our father. you spot, Karl Strand has a plan,” Fathom acknowledged. “He will unite all of the humans of this land — be they birds or fish, horses or snakes. he'll acquire us, carry us jointly, make us robust. less than his rule, we'll overcome lifestyles, dying, and the very earth herself. ” Aluna shuddered. She sought after the Kampii to be much less scared of their very own tails, to return out of the water, to join the realm. yet now not if that global used to be governed by means of Karl Strand and his loopy clones. “Don’t glance so disgusted, mermaid. will probably be an international of tremendous beauty,” Fathom stated, motioning to the Upgraders surrounding them. “A new civilization of complicated people. quicker, more suitable, and harder. the simplest elements from the entire races and splinters! ” Fathom bent over in a flash, his head used to be simply part a meter from Aluna’s. Up shut, she may possibly see his Human brown eyes extra essentially, might see the traces round his mouth, the wrinkles close to his eyes. “You see, no longer we all are weaker than our father,” he stated quietly. “Some folks, like me, are his betters. Do you now not surprise on the advancements i've got made? ” He stood up and unfold his fingers huge, showing all his fleshy accessories and oddly built-in components. “When the time comes, we will see who sits upon the throne of the recent age. certain? we will see. ” He stood there for a second, grinning. was once he anticipating her to cheer? To clap? To proclaim her allegiance? All she might take into consideration was once operating, and all she may specialise in was once preserving her legs from doing simply that. “Enough chitchat,” Fathom stated. “I have got rid of the mermaid’s collar. Now take the tablet. Take it now, or i'll damage you either and gather extra samples out of your invaluable coral urban. ” The Upgraders raised their weapons and swords and knives and needles, and Aluna had no selection. She pressed her hand opposed to the plastic of Daphine’s enclosure, attempting to draw energy from her sister’s presence. “Don’t do that, Aluna,” Daphine acknowledged quietly, the scope on her left eye whirring because it concentrated. “He already has me. There’s nonetheless time so that you can break out. ” “The Kampii desire you,” Aluna stated. Her brothers, her father, the whole colony — they have been all at an advantage with Daphine than along with her.

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