Book #6: The Fog Diver

I’ve been really enjoying reading middle grade books. They’re creative and intriguing stories and, though they can deal with serious content, they’re not depressing and heavy. In this dreary winter, I just need something lighter. Also, there’s no graphic content I have to worry about – not even romance plots (which I just don’t care for). To continue my reading streak of this genre, I picked up The Fog Diver by Joel Ross. This novel is about a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly fog has covered the earth and the surviving humans live on the highest mountains and travel the skies on floating airships. Chess is a fog diver: he dives into the fog to salvage items to sell so he and his crew can eat, pay rent for their wobbly little shack at the base of the Rooftop mountain, and, most importantly, get help for their guardian, Mrs. E, who’s gotten fogsickness. Most fog divers don’t last past a couple years because of exposure to the fog, but Chess was born in the fog and part of it lives within him. Because of his special resistance to the fog, the evil lord of the Rooftop is hunting him. In order to protect Mrs. E and Chess, their crew is planning an escape to another mountain and face all kind of dangers to get there. This novel is incredibly imaginative and entertaining, full of wonderfully unique characters and amazing worldbuilding. The story was unpredictable and kept me guessing until the end which is always fun. It’s an engaging adventure novel and I’ll definitely read the sequel to see how the story wraps up.

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