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The Sky Village (Kaimira #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  377 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
From a village made of hot-air balloons to a subterranean battle arena, two young people struggle to discover who and what they are — and how to use the astonishing powers they share.

High over China, twelve-year-old Mei arrives at the Sky Village, an intricate web of hot-air balloons floating above an Earth where animals battle machines for control. Deep below the ruins of
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Oct 14, 2008 Deb rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic/The Circle Opens series
Steampunk for the younguns! In an alternate reality, machines and animals rose up and began fighting the humans. Nobody really won, there was simply an odd sort of cease-fire, and the war continues in border disputes and other encroachments. Science is now forbidden because it was what started the war.

The first book starts off with Mia and Rom. Mia's father sends her to live in a hot-air balloon village while he sets off to rescue her mother from the mechs, while Rom seeks a way to free his sist
Jul 23, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
The Sky Village is the soaring debut to Monk and Nigel Ashland’s new young adult series, Kaimira. The Ashlands take the reader to a futuristic world where humans, animals and intelligent machines called meks have been fighting for decades.

In China, twelve-year-old Mei Long’s mother has been kidnapped by meks. Her father sends her to live in the Sky Village, an intricate web of hot air balloons that flies high above the earth, while he remains on land to search his wife. He entrusts Mei with the
Nicholas Karpuk
Nov 23, 2008 Nicholas Karpuk rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Undiscriminating Otaku
This book was picked up on the basis of an intriguing cover and a snazzy description about a floating city. I'm a sucker for things that aren't supposed to be airborne. All I could think after a few chapters of this book was, "Wow, this would be way more amazing to me if I'd never seen an anime or read a manga in my lifetime."

While the writing was acceptable in a young adult fiction sort of way, I don't know if I've ever read a book so derivative of the popular entertainment produced in Japan. I
Bri  Ahearn
Jun 29, 2008 Bri Ahearn rated it it was amazing
Though a teen series, Rom and Mei wrestle with adult situations as both must save those around them by recognizing and controlling their newfound genetics. Throughout The Sky Village profound questions are raised, such as a futility of progress in science, the price of power, and what differentiates man, beast, and machine. The Sky Village is an exciting new entrance into the children’s literature world, and a worthy contender.

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May 18, 2009 Shawna rated it it was amazing
I cannot wait until the Second books comes out !!!~!~!!! This has got to be one of my all time fav. I have even gone on to the web book page and downloaded everything I could get my hands On. My Whole family just LOVES this Fantastic Book! Any idea when the Second Book will arrive?
Across the planet from one another, in a post-apocalyptic world fraught with constant peril, Mei and Rom fight for survival. Mei, hovering over China's
Miss Clark
In this first installment of the five part "Kaimira" series, we are introduced to two children who live worlds apart. Rom, who lives in the ruins of an old metropolis in the United States, and Mai, a young girl living in China. Tragedy strikes and the two soon find themselves connected through the mysterious Tree Books given them by their respective parents. It is a good beginning, setting up characters, motivations and future events without seeming too cluttered, or just as bad, leaving out too ...more
Jul 23, 2009 Leah rated it really liked it
With interesting characters, future tech, and an astoundingly well-realized world, I recommend this book for any sci-fi/fantasy fan. The downside is that it is the first book of a five book series, and number two doesn't come out until 2010.

For comparison, I would say it's like The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson and the Avatar: the Last Airbender series. Better than Stephenson, and close to Avatar.

I'm excited/anxious for the next book. I'm impatient because I usually like to read a series all to
Sep 29, 2012 Meghan rated it it was amazing
(I've noticed that most of the books I have read have 5 stars - I think I just have a knack for picking out the right books for me.)

This was another of my thrift store finds, a book I was unsure about picking up, but something made me grab it anyways. I have to say that I'm very glad I did. It was a very good book - full of adventure and fantasy. I really liked the way that the authors described what was going on and the characters were easy to get behind. The story was based in China, in the po
Sheila Ruth
Jul 27, 2008 Sheila Ruth rated it really liked it
The Sky Village is a unique fantasy with rich world building. Monk and Nigel Ashland have created two fascinating cultures, each of which shows elements of their root cultures. The Sky Village is a lovely concept, a city made of balloons tied together and floating above China. The culture of the Sky Village is an interesting mixture of traditional Chinese elements with unique elements unique to an airborne society. I particularly loved the nuptial rituals. The caves under Las Vegas, by contrast, ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
This book is technically sci-fi, I guess, but it feels like fantasy.
"The Sky Village" has an intricately woven plot set in an intricately woven world full of rampant beasts and meks, basically animals and renegade robots, in a war-torn world as the humans, beasts, and meks all fight for control.
The two main characters are connected only through the Tree Book, which they use to write to each other. They haven't actually met. One lives in the Sky Village, an airborne tangle of hot air balloons an
Feb 26, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
I couldn't finish this. I may try it again and like it better--but this is the second time recently I've seen a book (the other book was Atherton: House of Power by Patrick Carman) that grabbed me initially with its really cool premise (I mean, villages of balloonists living in the sky, how cool is that) but didn't give me good writing and character development to go along with that premise. But I only got about 70 pages in so maybe it got better.

For someone whose premises are all that and a bag
Feb 07, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
This book fits into my favorite genre. It's a book about sometime in the future when humans have destroyed the world and are trying to cope with the aftermath. It is the first of a series and I look forward to the next one. This book was a gift from Claire, and we disagreed about whether we liked the ending. The book is a little out there but certainly draws you in and makes you visualize some amazing worlds. It also shows you the lengths (and depths) human nature reaches in a fight for survival ...more
Jun 23, 2008 Paula rated it it was ok
Recommended to Paula by: new title buying
It was hard to finish this book but I made it!

For something written like a pre-teen novel, it tries to be too sophisticated in premise and ideas. I have seen the local publisher's promotional material but it doesn't excite me as much as the new Brian Faulkner, sorry. I'm not really all that eager to read the remaining books of the trilogy.
Mar 02, 2012 Ayra rated it really liked it
The first time I read this book I loved it and was so very eager for the next book in the five book Kaimira series. I'm sorry to say that my patience was wearing out after waiting for about 4 years so I tried to read sky village again to try elevate my impatience. It did work to some small amount but still, I have the feeling of wanting to read more.
Jan 21, 2008 Carole rated it really liked it
Charles Dickens meets Star Wars in this tale of brave waifs battling nightmarish evils in a future world. It's a story rich in visual imagery, derring-do and doing-the-right-thing. While the parts of the story gave me the creeps, it’s a good read for kids who aren’t afraid of the dark, especially those who relish a creative story.
Jul 05, 2009 Lea rated it really liked it
Good book with an interesting story principal. I must admit I skimmed a bit, but I am looking forward to the sequel.
Nov 21, 2008 Marie rated it it was amazing
Engaging story that brings you into a new and interesting world.
Mar 06, 2009 Jeanette rated it liked it
Good story. I don't know if I would read a sequel, but I enjoyed it.
The Case of the Disappearing Series

Bit of a curious case, Kaimira. On finishing reading, I popped online to look up - to read the rest of two bonus stories included at the end, in the "Artifacts" section, and maybe even "crack the kaimira code" (!). What did I find? Well, I was redirected to Not to be put off, I did a little research (ok, I admit, I just Googled it!) and found something a bit curious - a post from "chris" (Rettstatt?), dated 2014,
Dec 01, 2014 Aelvana rated it liked it
Mei's mother has been kidnapped by meks, but her father is determined to see her safely to her mother's people while he goes to rescue her. So Mei is sent to the Sky Village, a floating city of hot air balloons intricately roped together.

On the other side of the world, Rom ekes out a living in a Las Vegas overrun by beasts. But his familiar world is shattered when the demons take his sister---and now he must master a demon himself in order to set her free.

The two of them are bound together by a
Jul 25, 2010 Ash rated it really liked it
This is the second novel that seems to fit into the "Steampunk" genre that I have read in the past year. It would seem as though I've found a genre I cannot help but love. The perfect mix of technology and history as it would seem just make for one of those fantastic adventure type novels that you don't ever wish you had to put down. I'd also like to point out both steampunk novels I've read have had the most amazing illustrations and covers, I look forward to finding more of that type of book, ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Edwin rated it it was amazing
The world is in peril. The Trinary Wars have effected everyone. Even after the wars end, humans, animals, and machines continue to find one another for control of the world. While the beasts use force to stay in control, the Machines, or Meks, use tactics to take over new territory and eventually the whole world. Humans try to hide from the Beasts and the Meks. When Dragonfly, a Chinese fly who's actual name is Mei, and Breaker, an American boy who's actual name is Rom, each receive a book with ...more
Dec 11, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I was first drawn to this book by its fantastic cover art, with a painting of what seemed to be a fascinating mystical world. The art was right: there were a lot of really clever ideas in this book. The world overrun by warring robots and beasts, with people left as victims on the sidelines; a Chinese city carried by hot air balloons that people traverse on tightropes; a gambling den of coliseum fights underneath a decimated Las Vegas; a book that allows you to communicate with others. The troub ...more
Jul 07, 2008 Chris added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Book Description from Publisher via Amazon (not a review):

From a village made of hot-air balloons to a subterranean battle arena, two young people struggle to discover who and what they are — and how to use the astonishing powers they share.

High over China, twelve-year-old Mei arrives at the Sky Village, an intricate web of hot-air balloons floating above an Earth where animals battle machines for control. Deep below the ruins of Las Vegas, thirteen-year-old Rom enters a shadowy world where he i
Claire McNerney
Mar 21, 2016 Claire McNerney rated it really liked it
This is one of the best post-apocalyptic children's books that I have read. The concept and setup was complicated, but basically, the humans have to fight machines (meks) and animals (beasts), and they’re on the losing side. What made it really interesting was that they incorporated fantasy elements into the story, having a storybook that connects a Chinese girl in a floating village and a scavenging boy in Las Vegas. It captivated me. I felt really connected to this book because the characters ...more
Daniel Shellenbarger
I read the Sky Village some time ago, I had seen the book at Barnes and Noble and then again at Half-Price Books. I had just finished Philip Reeves' Hungry City Chronicles (the original series) and was eager to pick up something comparable. Indeed, Sky Village has many of the same far future post-apocalyptic themes as Reeves' books, but neither the characters nor the setting were as intriguing nor as well written. If you can find a copy, it's not a bad read, but many of the story elements feel b ...more
Priscilla E. Wong
Apr 15, 2014 Priscilla E. Wong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mei Long from China and Rom Saint-Pierre from Las Vegas were facing many challengers to survive what is coming for them .

For Mei , she faces the villagers in the Sky Village while Rom in Las Vegas was trying to survive in a horrible , destroy controlled by beast place with his sister , Riley .

And then both was able to communicate with each others because both of them have a very special book called The Tree Book .

It was a very tragic and sad story for both of both them . Mei's father when to s
Not my favorite book of all time. I borrowed it from another library to see if I should purchase it for our library. I've decided not to. There were exciting elements & intriguing ideas, but the 2 main characters lived on oposite sides of the planet & their connection felt artificial. Also, particularly at the end of the story during the climax, I felt like the story wasn't being told completely. All in all, it was a so-so book. Didn't hate it, but definately didn't love it either.
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I loved Rom's (Breaker) backstory. I mean, in the end, Mei's was interesting, but Rom's was amazing to began with. Isn't it weird thinking that we now use "beasts" and "meks" now. I mean, 50% of us have dogs/cats etc. We have guns and tanks, which are forms of meks. That's really cool to think about. I loved how the demons could also turn them mek/beast. I am so getting the second book!
Mar 08, 2010 Libby rated it it was ok
The librarian recommended this to my daughter as a "science fiction" book. I decided to read it first. It was just ok. I'm probably a sci-fi purist, but I would not call this science fiction. More fantasy than science fiction. And just so-so writing. I can see why she had a hard time getting into it. I had to force myself to finish it.
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Chris Rettstatt is a longtime fan of fantasy fiction and anime, and has spent the last decade tuned in to kids, technology, and storytelling. He has lived as a teacher in China and done research from Seoul to Sao Paulo. He co-authored Kaimira: the Sky Village under the pen name Monk Ashland.
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