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The Fog Diver by Joel Ross

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A deadly white mist has cloaked the earth for hundreds of years. Humanity clings to the highest mountain peaks, where the wealthy Five Families rule over the teeming lower slopes and rambling junkyards. As the ruthless Lord Kodoc patrols the skies to enforce order, thirteen-year-old Chess and his crew scavenge in the Fog-shrouded ruins for anything they can sell to survive.

Hazel is the captain of their salvage raft: bold and daring. Swedish is the pilot: suspicious and strong. Bea is the mechanic: cheerful and brilliant. And Chess is the tetherboy: quiet and quick…and tougher than he looks. But Chess has a secret, one he’s kept hidden his whole life. One that Lord Kodoc is desperate to exploit for his own evil plans. And even as Chess unearths the crew’s biggest treasure ever, they are running out of time...

Goodreads Summary

This is a world that I would love to dive into for a week or so...but only a week or so given the fatal white mist!  In Chess's world, Five Families are in control and more or less move the remnants of humanity around like chess pieces.  Chess has a fog-filled eye that lends him some form of protection from the nanites that make up the fog.  The fog is made up of nanites that were designed to heal the Earth from humanity's pollution.  The nanites (correctly) decided that humanity was the source of evil and the cause of the pollution and began attacking humans; millions of humans died and those that survived were forced to live among the highest peaks of the Earth.  Chess was born in the fog and, for whatever reason, received a fog-filled eye due to this.  The majority of the book consisted of Chess and other characters fleeing from the danger of the Families and other threats.  I really wanted to see more of the fog and what was left (if anything) inside of it.  Overall, this book is recommended to middle grade readers.

3 1/2 Stars

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