Book Title: The Fog Diver
Author: Joel Ross
Publication Date: May 26th 2015
Source: Hard copy of book received in exchange for my honest review.
From Goodreads: 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.
My take: In a world where natural fog had been replaced with a deadly mist made of nanites (nanomachines), humans are fighting for survival and now live on mountains. A power crazy and evil lord, in a crazy attempt at a way to control the nanite fog, conducted human experiments that always lead to the subjects death. Until one of them survived.
The book follows a group of scavenger kids on the quest to find any item of value from the ruins that will help finance a cure for their sick and dying mother figure.
I can not believe how much I fell in love with the world in the book. The post-apocalyptic feel, the steam powered technology, the extremely hard life in the slums and how resilient and resourceful Chess and his friends were.
I love all the characters. Super-tetherboy Chess and his struggle with bravery or cowardice. Skilled mechanic Bea and her extremely candid nature. Smart and witty captain Hazel who sometimes takes on way too much responsibility, and strong Swedish whose loyalty never fails. Of course there is also Loretta but I’m still not sure how to feel about her past, so I don’t trust her much (just yet). Nisha and Vidious the mutineers captains felt a little cliché at times but it didn’t bother me too much.
I found the plot quite intriguing and definitely a page turner although at times certain details didn’t quite make sense or feel pertinent to the scene they were revealed in.
The book ended at a satisfying point but there are so many questions left unanswered, and Koboc menace was still strong. It left my heart pounding but not in a cliffhanger way.
How long until book 2? And I hope and pray they don’t change the cover design. I love this one so much.