The Sky Village

The Sky Village

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In a future where wild beasts, humans, and mechanical beings battle for control, two children, on opposite sides of the earth, connect through a mysterious journal that comes alive to reveal a powerful primal force and a frightening destiny.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763635244
0763635243
Characteristics: 366 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Ashland, Nigel 1976-
Nentrup, Jeff

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MaximumRainbow
Jun 20, 2012

I read somewhere that this book was suppose to come in a 5-6 book series.... but the author is having troubles with the publishing company's so it looks like this is going to be the only one. :(

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tardis
Jun 04, 2010

This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
After an apocalypse, humans are coming off a poor third in a battle between meks, mechanical monsters, and the animals, which have turned on both humans and the meks. Mei's mother has been kidnapped by meks and her father takes her to live with her mother's people in the Sky Village while he goes to the rescue. The Sky Village, a roving collection of interconnected hot air balloons, is strange to Mei, but she has the mysterious Tree Book, given to her by her father which allows her to communicate with Rom, who also has a copy, and who, with his sister Riley, is eking out a meagre living as a scavenger in the ruins of Las Vegas. When Riley is kidnapped too, Rom ventures into the subterranean community under Las Vegas to rescue her and learns to create and control a "demon" to fight for her release. Rom and Mei carry the kaimira gene, which means that they have human, beast and mek qualities in their DNA. Both must learn to use these qualities to survive and fight. The Sky Village is an exciting story with likeable main characters. The villain on the Las Vegas side was a bit one-dimensional, but a short epilogue fleshed things out a bit. The writing was engaging and the changing viewpoints kept things interesting (athough occasionally the switch provided a bit of a cliff-hanger). First in a 5-book series, and recommended.

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green_bone
Jan 02, 2010

Love this book! Waiting so impatiently for the next one! :)

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KidsLit Apr 23, 2010

What would the world look like after an apocalypse? According to authors Monk and Nigel Ashland it’s definitely not someplace you’d want to spend lots of time exploring. Unfortunately for 13 year old Rom and Mei, they have no choice but to try to survive in this harsh and unusual world.

Take Rom for instance, he lives in the ruins of Las Vegas where everyday is a struggle to survive. When demonic creatures take his father and sister he must descend underground and enter into a gladiator-style fighting competition that takes place in an arena. Here, mechanical beasts and humans are interconnected in a ‘fight to the death’ battle for the entertainment of the gamblers and spectators.

Mei on the other hand lives around the globe and high above ground in the ‘sky village’; a community interconnected by hot air balloons. Tragically, her mother is kidnapped forcing her father to leave her all alone while he attempts to find his wife.

While the 2 have never met they are connected to each other by journals that mysteriously allow them to communicate with each other. Together they discover that they both carry the Kaimira gene that combines human, beast and machine within their DNA.

This is a riveting and dark tale.

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