FloodWorld

FloodWorld

FloodWorld
Tom Huddleston

Nosy Crow

ISBN 9781788004343

FloodWorld is a gripping, action-packed story for 10+ readers. Kara and Joe spend their days navigating the perilous waterways of a sunken city, scratching out a living in the ruins. But when they come into possession of a mysterious map, they find themselves in a world of trouble. Suddenly everyone's after them: gangsters, cops and ruthless Mariner pirates in their hi-tech submarines. The two children must find a way to fight back before Floodworld's walls come tumbling down... With cover illustration by Manuel Sumberac.

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FloodWorld4/5

FloodWorld

Tom Huddleston

Review

This book is set in a dystopian world - rising sea levels have flooded the UK and a wall has been built around the capital to protect 'the rich folks of the city' - an elite group of society. This is surrounded by the Shanties, 'a floating scum clinging to the outside of the Wall' where its a struggle to survive. Here, society has set its own rules and resentment builds against those protected by the Wall.

We meet the two main characters of the book, Joe and Kara, when they are diving for artefacts in the grimy waters surrounding the Wall. Joe finds a small bear that he takes back to the surface. The bear travels with him throughout the book, gradually becoming more beleaguered as the novel progresses and the two teenagers fight to build a better future. They hear of a terrorist attack, resulting in a James Bond style adventure story, including a stolen submarine, secret tunnels and a bomb. In true Bond style there is a definite theme of good vs bad, although this is tipped on its head as you carry on reading.

There is a lovely reference to how a future world would comprehend ours, when they struggle over a 'treasure map' consisting of wiggly lines. It is only later in the book that the reader learns it is a map of the London Underground!

FloodWorld is a fast-paced adventure book filled with gritty realism, a feisty female protagonist and strong bonds between friends. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it at school, but I am undecided with an age group recommendation - I feel the language is aimed at 9-12 year olds, but there are a few moments that this group may struggle with, such as the description of a mangled face in a fire, but I may just be ultra-sensitive! There is a dystopian feel to this book, and I think fans of The Hunger Games would love it.

256 pages / Ages 11+ / Reviewed by Amanda Westland, school librarian

Reviewed by: Amanda Westland


FloodWorld4/5

FloodWorld

Tom Huddleston

Review

This topical climate change adventure takes place in a water-logged world where the ragged Dickensian children of The Shanties scratch out a meagre existence in the shadow of the still pristine city. With rich and poor separated by a seemingly impenetrable wall, Kara and Joe spend their days salvaging treasure from the sunken city and trying to stay alive. But when Joe finds a mysterious map, they soon realise that everyone is after it. Pursued by the Police, ruthless mariners and shady gangsters the children are desperate to find a way out of The Shanties and to the promised land of Canada - a place with an open-door policy for rootless children.

Flood World is brimful of adventure, with a heart-stopping chase through the bowels of the city and the children never far from danger. There are some genuinely scary characters and events in this book and it may not suit some younger readers but the dystopian feel and environmental disaster backdrop should certainly appeal to a lot of children and younger teenagers.

There are some strong ties between the characters and Kara's tough exterior is pierced when Joe is threatened. It's also a very accessible read, written in a clear and urgent style that will keep readers hooked until the end.

All in all, a thrilling, futuristic journey through a sunken and menacing London.

256 pages / Ages 11+ / Reviewed by Clare Wilkins, school librarian

Reviewed by: Clare Wilkins