The vanishing deep [electronic resource]. Astrid Scholte.
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- ISBN: 9780525513964 (electronic bk)
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Bestselling author Astrid Scholte, returns with a thrilling adventure in which the dead can be revived...for a price. Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet five hundred years ago, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn't food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister's life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn't a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why. But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn't want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn't commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents' death and mend their broken bond. But they're pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea's time is up—and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.
Electronic reproduction. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 2020. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 6035 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
In a postapocalyptic world, Tempest needs to get answers about her parents' death from her inconveniently dead sister, and she's finally raised the money it will take to resurrect Elysea for the strictly controlled 24-hour time period. Lor, caught in his own tangle of grief and guilt, is the Warden who will usher Elysea back to life and oversee her return to death. When the process is interrupted, the sisters escape to try to find their parents, who may still be alive. If Lor can't catch them in 24 hours, not only will Elysea die, but he will, too. Situating the action within a single day establishes certain tension that Scholte augments with the harsh realities of a world dominated by water, well-placed indicators that there is more to Lor's story, and plenty of opportunities for readers to ponder whenâif everâit's OK to play god. Tempest and Lor share narration duties, and each chapter prominently displays the date and time, as well as the amount of time remaining for Lor to make things right. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
Raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, Astrid Scholte knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age. She's spent the last ten years working in film, animation and television as both an artist and manager. Career highlights include working on James Cameron's Avatar, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin and George Miller's Happy Feet Two. She's a visual writer and aims to capture the vivid stories that play like movies in her head. When she's not writing, she's painting her favorite fictional characters and obliging her furry overlords, Lilo and Mickey. Four Dead Queens is her debut novel.
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