By: Astrid Scholte
Genre: YFH - Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: A & U Children
Published: 3 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781760525576


Two sisters. One dangerous secret. Twenty-four hours to uncover the truth. Seventeen-year-old Tempest was born into a world of water. The most skilled diver on the Equinox Reef, she searches drowned cities with her older sister Elysea, seeking out old world treasures to trade for Notes. After Elysea mysteriously drowns, Tempest scavenges the ruins alone, driven to collect enough Notes to buy her sister's life for 24 hours, and to finally learn the secret she had kept until her last breath.

However, once revived, Elysea convinces Tempest to break her out of the Palindromena research facility and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents' death. But they're pursued by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea's time is up, and to prevent them from uncovering the secrets behind the revival process and the true cost of  restored lives. Dead or living, everyone must pay the price.

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Set in a world where the Great Waves have left most of the planet underwater, and land is now used only for crops. Rickety, raft-like, floating cities are put together for the few people left to live on.

After her sister Elysea had a diving accident two years earlier, Tempest spends all her time collecting treasure. She hopes to get enough notes to bring Elysea back to life for 24 hours, to find out what really happened to their parents.

But nothing comes for free, and is the real cost of the process of revival potentially even more than first thought?

What happens during the 24 hours of Elysea’s revival takes us on a rollercoaster journey, with many wonderful twists and turns.

Explioring the value of life, family, and values in a diminished and demanding environment I loved the characters and the way they handled tough problems, both physical and emotional.

This book will appeal most to female readers, 15 and older.

Reviewed by Rob