“With Detail and suspense the author tells an excited futuristic survival story which comments on power and class ridden social structures.” –Horn Book
“The author’s careful attention to detail and her astute sense of timing makes this a highly believable, highly readable story that, while frighteningly powerful, ends on a comforting note.” –Booklist
Eleven-year-old Amy lives in the decaying underground city. There is no name for it, just the city, and the city is old, things break. When she was younger, a old woman named Janet taught her to read, which is forbidden, frowned upon. There is no rules against readers. But they are trouble makers. She pretends the lessons at school are hard, getting some wrong on purpose, she doesn’t want to be marked as a trouble maker, a trouble maker like Axel. He sits in her desk near her, his eyes void, his knees clamped to his chest, rocking back and forth to cut everything out. What was wrong with him? Is he a crazy? Someone who lost their mind? Amy reluctantly becomes friends with Axel. And slowly he tells her that he isn’t from the city. But everyone is from the city. There is no other place. But Axel tells her there is, it is a mystical place, a placed called . . .Outside.
This tale had me smiling and laughing. It was a sweet tale. With twists and turns I didn’t expect. The target audience is 11+ but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. This is a very good and quick read for someone who loves sci-fi.
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