Slow reader that I am (and scanner--working on four books at once), I completed only one book this week:
The Fog Diver, by Joel Ross, is an adventure set in a steampunk future of our planet. Earth has been overtaken by a fog made of nanites--microscopic robots--run amok after they were programmed to rid the Earth of pollution. No one can survive exposure to the Fog without getting sick--except for Chess, who was born in the Fog and bears its mark in his eye. He was rescued by Mrs. E., who takes in other children in dire situations and teaches them skills to survive in the slums.
Ross has created a futuristic world where people are ranked by where they live. The richest reside on the Rooftop mountain high above the Fog, while the slums are mere platforms, floating just above the mist, held aloft by balloons and ruled by slumlords. There is a place of hope, though; Port Oro, another mountain community founded by those who are against the power-hungry Rooftop Lord Kodoc.
Mrs. E. has become Fogsick, and her crew is desperate to save her. Port Oro may hold the cure--but how are a bunch of raggedy slum kids going to get her there?
No spoilers...but I'm already adding the sequel to my fall shopping list for the library.
It's Monday, and I'm back to work today! Hoping to finish the last four Bluebonnet Nominee books before the students return in a few weeks. What's in your reading pile?