Rating: 3 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Magical. The colors are great too. The raven is a bit creepy.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: The Chicken House
Page Count: 350 p.
Ark is but a lonely sewage worker. He's taken over as head of the house since his father has fallen ill. Mucum works alongside Ark in the sewer, but they aren't really friends. They both live in Arborium, high up in the sky in trees. Maw is the ground, a city devouring the world with its towering metal and glass skyscrapers. When Ark is fixing High Councillor Grasp's toilet and overhears a plot to overthrow the King between the Councillor and someone from Maw he accidentally makes a noise that leads to his discovery. Luckily he narrowly manages to escape with his life. Now though, Ark must warn to King against his fate and to do so he might need some help. Mucum agrees to come along, but Ark might need to open up and make more friends from all over the kingdom if he is to stop Maw from destroying their very homes.
So this book was pretty action packed. Something was always happening. The only problem with this is that it left very little room for character development. We knew so little about our main characters that it was very hard to feel for them. I found myself often not really caring too much if they lived or died. It seemed that the secondary characters got to me more than Ark and Mucum. Regardless there was plenty of action and tons of surprises to keep people interested while moving through this story. The world development was phenomenal, I could easily picture the tree-esque landscape stretched out before them. This was in third person so we saw what was going on with a lot of the characters, not necessarily just Ark and Mucum. While there is certainly room for a sequel, this novel finished up quite nicely and I was a bit sad to see it end. I think younger YAs will devour this one, due to all the adventure. They might be a bit weary of the kissing scenes though ;) This was a magical and inventive tale and I recommend that you check it out.
"The arrow flew over his shoulder and thudded straight into a wooden post."
"You get used to anything, given time."