This has been the Week of ARCs. I received TWO copies of Fog Diver by Joel Ross and I'd love to gift one to somebody.
Chess is a tether diver. He dives from an airborne salvage raft into the Fog that covers the earth. The Fog eventually poisons humans exposed to it, forcing people to live on the sides and tops of mountains. The remains of human civilization lie beneath the Fog, just waiting to be retrieved by tether divers like Chess. But Chess is different. One of his eyes has Fog swirling inside it. He hides this disfigurement the best he can with the help of the salvage raft's crew - Hazel, bossy, clever and brave; Swedish, the best pilot a raft could have but a wee bit paranoid; and Bea, the sweetest little gearhead around. Chess's eye makes him the prey of the evil Lord Kodoc of the Roof-toppers and puts his crew mates and their foster mother, Mrs. E, in danger of capture, slavery or worse.
Set far in the future - the origin of the Fog is technical and strained this reader's credulity - the crew's conversation is peppered with pop culture references from the 20th and 21st centuries. Ross mixes facts and fiction in these references in a humorous diversion from the fast paced action of the plot.
The crew flies, crashes and tumbles from one dangerous situation to another for the ENTIRE book. And there are enough questions left at the end of the book to make a sequel, maybe more than, one a probability. I say, a sequel is a necessity.
Ross designs a clever future world, laid waste by technology run amok. Chess and his crew are a likeable close-knit family and Ross gives each character specific talents and personalities.
Young readers won't care how the Fog began. They WILL LOVE all the action and last-second escapes in this book.
If you'd like a copy of Fog Diver, which, alas, does not have any art or cover design on it, please comment below. The book is due out on May 26th. I will do my best to get it to you before then.
This giveaway offer ends on May 18th. Remember, I choose the winner by putting your comments in the Oracular Yogurt Container and picking one. So comment away!!