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The battle for Earth begins now. Welcome to Flood City, the last inhabitable place left above the waters that cover Earth. It's also the last battleground between the Chemical Barons, who once ruled the planet and now circle overhead in spaceships, desperate to return, and the Star Guard, who have controlled the city for decades. Born and raised in Flood City, Max doesn't ca The battle for Earth begins now. Welcome to Flood City, the last inhabitable place left above the waters that cover Earth. It's also the last battleground between the Chemical Barons, who once ruled the planet and now circle overhead in spaceships, desperate to return, and the Star Guard, who have controlled the city for decades. Born and raised in Flood City, Max doesn't care about being part of either group. All he wants is to play his music with the city band, keep his sister from joining the Star Guard, and be noticed by his crush, the awesome drummer Djinna. Meanwhile, Ato, a young Chemical Baron, has joined his crew for what was supposed to be a routine surveillance mission, only things go from bad to worse between unexplained iguanagull attacks and the discovery of deadly schemes. Ato's just trying to stay safe, keep his twin brother alive, and not hurt anyone. So when his commander prepares to wipe out Flood City completely, Ato must decide how far he'll go. As Max's and Ato's paths collide, it changes everything. Because they might be able to stop a coming war. But can two enemies work together to save Earth?


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The battle for Earth begins now. Welcome to Flood City, the last inhabitable place left above the waters that cover Earth. It's also the last battleground between the Chemical Barons, who once ruled the planet and now circle overhead in spaceships, desperate to return, and the Star Guard, who have controlled the city for decades. Born and raised in Flood City, Max doesn't ca The battle for Earth begins now. Welcome to Flood City, the last inhabitable place left above the waters that cover Earth. It's also the last battleground between the Chemical Barons, who once ruled the planet and now circle overhead in spaceships, desperate to return, and the Star Guard, who have controlled the city for decades. Born and raised in Flood City, Max doesn't care about being part of either group. All he wants is to play his music with the city band, keep his sister from joining the Star Guard, and be noticed by his crush, the awesome drummer Djinna. Meanwhile, Ato, a young Chemical Baron, has joined his crew for what was supposed to be a routine surveillance mission, only things go from bad to worse between unexplained iguanagull attacks and the discovery of deadly schemes. Ato's just trying to stay safe, keep his twin brother alive, and not hurt anyone. So when his commander prepares to wipe out Flood City completely, Ato must decide how far he'll go. As Max's and Ato's paths collide, it changes everything. Because they might be able to stop a coming war. But can two enemies work together to save Earth?

59 review for Flood City

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    With a wonderful mix of humour, peril, fast-moving plot, and social commentary, Daniel José Older presents a tale of friendship and music in a dystopia, post-alien invasion and environment disaster. And jet boots. The protagonist kids are caring and responsible, while the baddies are horrible, as they contemplate invasion and destruction of a carefully managed, delicately balanced city that has a number of cooperative and respectful arrangements amongst its people, most of whom are of colour and With a wonderful mix of humour, peril, fast-moving plot, and social commentary, Daniel José Older presents a tale of friendship and music in a dystopia, post-alien invasion and environment disaster. And jet boots. The protagonist kids are caring and responsible, while the baddies are horrible, as they contemplate invasion and destruction of a carefully managed, delicately balanced city that has a number of cooperative and respectful arrangements amongst its people, most of whom are of colour and diverse. These arrangements would be destroyed when the baddies, who are the polar opposites of the people in the city, plan to disrupt the running of the city and become the bosses. The story is fun, and there is a lot of humour to balance out the nastiness and the dire situations the kids find themselves in. I liked the pacing and the characters, and wonder if Older will tell more stories in this world.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Twins Max and Yala live with their doctor mother in Flood City, the only city left on a damaged Earth. While the buildings must be built much higher and there is a lack of food, and there are some technologies like Jet Boots, there are also details of ordinary life that are somewhat similar to current times. Max is in an orchestra which is planning to perform at a local pageant, and he also has a crush on another drummer, Djinna, who is the daughter of the local h E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Twins Max and Yala live with their doctor mother in Flood City, the only city left on a damaged Earth. While the buildings must be built much higher and there is a lack of food, and there are some technologies like Jet Boots, there are also details of ordinary life that are somewhat similar to current times. Max is in an orchestra which is planning to perform at a local pageant, and he also has a crush on another drummer, Djinna, who is the daughter of the local holographer. Things are about to become dangerous in Flood City, however. Yala goes missing when she and Max are wandering around, and a Vapor, Biaque, tells her that she is right to want to leave home and join the Star Guard. This is a tough choice, because while the Star Guard are generally not nice to the residents of Flood City, they are also fighting against the Chemical Barons, who ruined the world and are now trying to reimpose rule. Ato and Get are two Barons who have lived their whole lives in the air, and are being trained by ArchBaron Mephim. Unfortunatly, Mephim wants to nuke the city so that the Barons can take control of it, and hopefully reverse the flooding so that Earth is more easily inhabitable. When the ship they are on crashes, Ato is injured. Max finds him, and even though he knows that Ato is a Baron because of his pale skin, he brings him home and makes sure he gets well. The two boys have a lot in common, and Ato is not sympathetic to the Barons' causes. They almost get caught by the Star Guard, but manage to escape. Things start to heat up even more, and eventually, Max asks Yala (who is not enjoying the Star Guard training, although she thinks it is still important) to come back and help with the fight. Band director Cortinas is instrumental in organizing resistance to both the Star Guard and the Barons, but will he be able to muster the forces necessary to keep Mephim from annihilating the residents of Fllod City? I suspect we may not find out until a second book comes out. Strengths: This is an action packed, fast paced adventure along the lines of Pittacus Lore's I am Number Four or MacHale's Sylo. There are a lot of appealing, multifaceted characters, and it's nice to finally see more speculative fiction with characters of color. Max and Ato's friendship is heartwarming, since they are on opposite sides of the fight but find many similarities early on. Yala is a fighter with which to be reckoned, and the brief glimpses of Max's music add some depth. The twin evils of the Star Guard and the Chemical Barons, combined with the dire situation on Earth, make this an interesting and innovative dystopian novel. Weaknesses: Flood City is a very intricately constructed world, but the details are released fairly slowly, which made me wonder on occasion if I had started on book two of a series. Some things are not fully explained to my satisfaction, and I was never quite sure why the people of Flood City were ambivalent about the Star Guards. What I really think: This read more like a Young Adult novel, although the characters were clearly stated to be twelve years old. Readers who thrive on complex and elaborate high fantasy, or who know Star Wars movies backwards and forwards, will find Flood City to be an exciting and thought provoking foray into a world that has gone terribly wrong.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    This is a satisfying science fiction adventure set in a dystopian world. Flood City is the only habitable place left on earth after the waters rose. A watery metropolis set among the tops of tall buildings, it nevertheless has a thriving population of black and brown people. Max and his sister Yala live with their Mom, a doctor. Max loves to play his feezlehorn, and has a crush on Djinna, who plays the balooga. Meanwhile, the Chemical Barons, who are white, want to take over earth and are flying This is a satisfying science fiction adventure set in a dystopian world. Flood City is the only habitable place left on earth after the waters rose. A watery metropolis set among the tops of tall buildings, it nevertheless has a thriving population of black and brown people. Max and his sister Yala live with their Mom, a doctor. Max loves to play his feezlehorn, and has a crush on Djinna, who plays the balooga. Meanwhile, the Chemical Barons, who are white, want to take over earth and are flying above with the evil Mephim in charge. The Star Guards, a police force with questionable loyalties, control Flood City’s rations. There are mutant animals, namely iguanagulls, with various loyalties. While Max’s life in Flood City goes on, readers follow another narrative, of Ato, a young Baron who does not want to fight the earthlings, and who witnesses Mephim’s dastardly plot to nuke Flood City. When Ato finds himself capsized in Flood City, Max rescues him and they become friends. Will the friends succeed in foiling Mephim’s plot? Whose side will the Star Guards eventually take? Older does a great job with world-building. I love the fun names of musical instruments! People zoom around on jet boots and have sophisticated holographic technology. The iguanagulls are tamed by the power of Max’s music, and play a pivotal role in the final exciting battle sequence. Max’s feelings for Djinna play out in a satisfying friends-in-arms type friendship. The action ramps up over the course of the book and make the book an fun read. My critiscism: It feels like there was a chapter missing where Max and Ato become friends. It was too sudden to be believable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Murray

    This middle grade children's novel is set in the future where Earth is covered entirely by water except for Flood City. The inhabitants are protected by the Star Guard, which is a group blue giant aliens, but they also come under attack by the Chemical Barons, who are the ones responsible for flooding the earth. The story is initially told in two parts from the point of view Max and his sister Yala, who live in Flood City and by the Chemical Barons, especially a younger Baron Ato who discovers t This middle grade children's novel is set in the future where Earth is covered entirely by water except for Flood City. The inhabitants are protected by the Star Guard, which is a group blue giant aliens, but they also come under attack by the Chemical Barons, who are the ones responsible for flooding the earth. The story is initially told in two parts from the point of view Max and his sister Yala, who live in Flood City and by the Chemical Barons, especially a younger Baron Ato who discovers that the ArchBaron is not just on a fact finding mission but of one to destroy Flood City. The Flood City residents are able to down the ArchBarons cruiser and Max ends up saving Ato's life. Ato shares the Baron's plan to nuke the city and so Max and Ato work together to stop them. The story is fairly predictable and one must use alot of suspension of disbelief, but 10-14 year olds who like fast-paced action driven stories will probably like this story. Some okay world building, but I still prefer the "Dactyl Hill Squad" series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I was doubtful at first, because of being very confused, but soon I was totally absorbed by the story and the strangeness. Almost totally, because there were actually a number of places where I wanted to ask someone else who was reading the book about what they thought about bits, and every time I got another to another issue of the Flood City Gazette I wanted to make it clear to someone how much I appreciated the humor! (after the fact, but better than nothing--I appreciated the humor!). I am s I was doubtful at first, because of being very confused, but soon I was totally absorbed by the story and the strangeness. Almost totally, because there were actually a number of places where I wanted to ask someone else who was reading the book about what they thought about bits, and every time I got another to another issue of the Flood City Gazette I wanted to make it clear to someone how much I appreciated the humor! (after the fact, but better than nothing--I appreciated the humor!). I am still confused about some things, but not so much that it bothers me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Great Book! I loved the action and I would recommend this book to anyone! I loved the story and all of the characters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Llyr Heller-Humphreys

    3.5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Great Books

    Reviewer #21

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Prax

    3.5 stars!

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    Lindsay

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    Grace MacLaine

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  39. 5 out of 5

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  40. 4 out of 5

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  48. 5 out of 5

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