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Raiders' Ransom (Raiders' Ransom #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  851 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
In 22nd-century Great Britain, where climate change has caused vast flooding, the piratical Reavers kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter and thirteen-year-old Lilly Melkun, an English fisher-girl, takes her seacat on a daring rescue attempt, with a mysterious talking jewel from a past computer age tucked in her belt as ransom.
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Published 2010 (first published October 6th 2008)
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The Book Queen
When I rate books, I don't use the goodreads system. To me, a 1 star book is terrible, a 2 star is pretty bad, and a 3 star is okay. And that's pretty much the only way I can describe Flood Child: it was okay. The writing style isn't particularly interesting, the characters aren't really likeable, the plot is nothing special... but it was enough to keep me engaged for a couple of days. It was fine, really - it just didn't make me feel any emotions, so I haven't got much to say about it - besides ...more

Overall, not a bad children's adventure - the pace and the plot were okay - but just so... generic. Which something set in the far-future, after England's been flooded for a long time, shouldn't really be, but other than the going-on about the evils of the lost technology and the use of rockets & mention of solar sails, the entire thing could have been set at any point between, dunno, the 9th and the 19th century, or something.

I'd have appreciated some more background on the flood - just,
Jennifer Wardrip
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Set in a post-apocalyptic England, Lilly Melkun has a fairly ordinary life. Each day, she and her seacat go out fishing and come back to a home-cooked supper that Granny has made. One day, however, when she returns home, she discovers the village has been ransacked by raiders, the visiting Prime Minister's daughter has been kidnapped, and Granny has been killed.

Angry at the villagers for not retaliating against the raiders, the Prime Minister shows up in th
Liberty Gilmore
Oct 17, 2010 Liberty Gilmore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What’s Good About It

I’m on a bit of a Dystopia kick at the moment. What with Hunger Games and Uglies and writing my own Dystopian future novel, I’m demolishing any YA novel with a hint of Future Gone to Hell. Naturally, when I saw this on the shelf in the library, I couldn’t resist. Despite having an already substantial reading list of my own books…

And it didn’t disappoint.

Generally I think there are two kinds of Dystopia – technology gone crazy like Uglies, or return to the past where a technol
Sarah Sammis
Dec 05, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first shelf I always check at the library is the recommended reads shelf in the children's wing. I have yet to be disappointed by what the staff have put there. My latest find this way is Raiders' Ransom by Emily Diamand, a near future young adult dystopian set in what remains of the flooded British isles.

The book begins with the raid on an outlying village and news that the Prime Minister's daughter has been kidnapped. Lilly's village is blamed and she feels like she has to do something to
Dec 06, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just want to read a book that starts off with a bang and then proceeds to run its legs off. A book that's able to work realistic emotions and characters into a narrative, while also advertising high-concept plotting. And if that same book just happens to contain preternaturally intelligent felines, snarky computers, futuristic barbarians, and a world underwater, all the better! Debut novelist Emily Diamand comes out swinging with such a book as that. Raiders' Ransom is a post-apoca ...more
Lilly lives in a poor fishing village, and finds her world turned upside down when the Prime Minister's daughter is kidnapped, and her village is blamed. She sets out on her own with only her sea cat and a slightly annoying talking jewel as her companions to find the girl and clear her village's good name.
Told in alternating chapters from both Lilly's point of view and that of Zeph, a member of the elite "Family" whole befriends her this is an intriguing look at what extreme climate change coul
Eh. This tale of a futuristic England, post-climate collapse started off interesting, but devolved with (for me) unbelievable elements. Diamand went to pains to create a beautifully rendered fishing village under attack, but it all went to pieces when the computer head appeared. This threw off the tone of the novel and made me a little disoriented. The melding of technology with a traditional, non-tech society didn't feel complete. I also got very confused between the two narrators' voices -- th ...more
I loved this book so much when I was a kid, and I've just discovered it has a sequel?! Definitely need to re-read and get the second book.
The Sweet Bookshelf
Flood Child has a Twelfth Night kind of feeling to it. A girl cuts her hair off and pretends to be a boy to safe her village. I waited 200 pages for something to actually happen. It was good though. I enjoyed the story, even though at times there were things happening that didn't fit with the story I felt. I really wanted there to be a romantic aspect with Lilly and Zeph, and it seemed like there might be. Yet there wasn't. I'm just a sucker for anything romantic. Cute book. Could have been an a ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Lobo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ifjúsági fantasy sorozat, amiben nincsenek vámpírok. Éljen! Viszont vannak kalózok, poszt-apokaliptikus Anglia, Skócia, London a víz alatt, hajók és titokzatosan viselkedő ékszerek. Éljen! Ráadásul lány a főszereplő aki mondjuk lehetne fiú is, de így sokkal több izgalomban van része, elvégre egy lánynak kalandregényben alapból titkolnia kell a nemét. Éljen! Még nincs kész a következő rész. Pfuj!

Az árva Lilly Melkun egy kis halászfaluban él Angliában, a Tíz
A futuristic novel that takes place in England "after the collapse" in which computers and other technology are a thing of the past.

When Lilly's village is invaded by Raiders, her granny is killed during that raid. And Lexie, the daughter of the Prime Minister, is kidnapped. Lilly decides to go and try to get Lexie back. Because otherwise, the Prime Minister is going to take revenge on the men of the village for not doing enough to keep his daughter safe. This is how she meets Zephaniah, son of
Maddy Churchhouse
For the life of me I have literally no idea what is supposedly so brilliant about this book, why it was hyperbolicly praised by my hero Barry Cunningham (shame on you Barry, shame on you) and why of all things it won The Times' children's book award. Seriously? Who exactly sat on the judging panel?!

The fairly positive reviews on this site suggest to me that maybe I'm missing the point. Perhaps there's some hidden genius in this novel which utterly passed me by. Sure, the concept is interesting.
Mar 14, 2010 P.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
book 16 for 2010. It took me about 50 pages to get into the dual POV, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. It's a great post-apocalyptic with the right touches of cool things from the past and a believable amount of society degradation. A bit violent in parts so I'd recommend it for readers 5th grade and up though this may vary depending on the kid.
Amy Campbell
Aug 28, 2013 Amy Campbell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
This book has a really good story but unfortunately the book is told in first person but by two different people. The book doesn't give any obvious indications of which person is telling that chapter. I find this too frustrating to finish the book sadly
In the 23rd century world of Raiders’ Ransom, global warming has caused the world’s population centers to flood. Great Britain is now dominated by Greater Scotland, with only ten counties remaining in England. When the prime minister’s daughter is kidnapped from a small coastal fishing village by invading raiders, 13-year-old Lilly Melkun sets sail on a rescue mission, accompanied by her seacat and a mysterious talking computer jewel that is a ransom-worthy relic from before the Great Collapse. ...more
Leslie Smith
Pacing is important. This book lacked it. While the premise was intriguing it went MUCH too fast for my liking. There was a lot of movement happening at all times which makes for a quick read but it also makes for a confusing one. Another confusing factor was the lack of explanation. We enter into the story with Lily's POV and just as we are getting used to her voice we're switched to another setting in the next chapter and don't realise that it's another character for several pages. The switch ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2216 áprilisában járunk, ahol megismerkedünk Lilly Melkunnal és a vízimacskájával, Zephaniahval, a kalózzal és Lexyvel.

A sztori alapötlete nagyon magával ragadott – szeretem a posztapokalitikus dolgokat. Mondjuk. Vagy steampunk? Esetleg disztópia lenne? Nem hinném, hogy érdemes megbélyegezni a könyvet, mert a maga nemében egyedülálló. A klímaváltozás elöntötte a világ nagy részét, a technikának befellegzett és a világ visszafejlődött a kalózkorszakba. Mégis akadnak napenergiával hajtható hajók,
Krista Stevens
In futuristic London after the Collapse, when all computers are rendered useless, society has reverted to a medieval existence - that was a fresh take on this genre. Lilly is a fisher - one who sails and knows the waters around her town - but when Raiders (their origins were never clear to me, which was kind of confusing) destroy much of her town and her family, Lilly's life intersects with them beyond what she might ever expect.

Fun tension between Lilly, as she pretends to be a boy, and Zeph, a
Dec 29, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love pirates, this is the book for you! Raiders' Ransom was a wonderful tale full of raiders, ransoms, and tons of mishaps. I know it probably wasn't meant to be as funny as I found it but there were times when I couldn't help but laugh. =]

Raiders' Ransom is the story of Lilly Melkun and how she tries to save her village. After raiders kidnap the prime minister's daughter, things go horribly wrong for her small fishing village. She knows that she is the only one left who could possibly pr
Dan Rogers
Nov 12, 2011 Dan Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first venture this school year into the realm of Science Fiction, written by Emily Diamand, is quite different from any other books I've ever read in this genre. The setting for this story is 23rd century England. The countries of England and Scotland in this story look quite different, geographically, than they do today. Most of the island we presently know as Great Britain is now part of Scotland. The remainder of the island is either under water or is inhabited by Englishmen who call the a ...more
Jun 11, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Raiders' Ransom takes place in a world that reverts back to a pre-Industrial Revolution way of life due to the Collapse. This catastrophic event has caused much of England to be underwater, Scotland is now a great power, and to top it all off... there are pirates!

The story centers around Lilly and her very adorable seacat, Cat. Upon her village being attacked by raiders (pirates), she discovers that her life as been turned upside down with the people in her village now believed to be traitorous
El Templo
"La subida del nivel del mar y las fuertes tormentas han causado estragos en la Humanidad, que se ha visto obligada a abandonar la tecnología y vivir sobre las ruinas de una civilización más avanzada. Lo que antes era Inglaterra ahora se divide en la Gran Escocia, los diez últimos condados y una serie de familias de piratas: los saqueadores. Lilly tiene trece años. Un gato de mar la eligió como dueña y su sueño es tener un barco propio y salir a pescar con Andy, su mejor amigo. Una mañana descub ...more
3.5 stars

In a post-apocalyptic world, it is the 23rd century, and Lilly Melkun, a fisher, lives in a world where much of England is underwater. She lives a simple life, her and her seacat, until the day raiders attack. Her village blamed for the deed and for the kidnapping of the Prime Minister’s daughter, Lilly sets sail to pay the ransom and to prove her people’s innocence. What she didn’t count on was running into Zeph, the son of the Angel Isling’s Boss—the very raiders who attacked her town
May 06, 2012 Nella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I en framtida värld där London ligger under vatten, pirater härskar och fiskarna utefter kusten bara försöker överleva lyckas en piratfamilj kidnappa premiärministerns dotter. Fiskarflickan Lilly ger sig tillsammans med sin katt och en forntida, talande juvel av för att rädda henne, samtidigt som piratpojken Zeph kämpar för att stiga i rang i sin familj och få sin pappas respekt. Men kidnappningen har lett till något mycket större än vad vare sig Lilly eller Zeph väntade sig: krig!

En spännande b
Nov 02, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Raiders Ransome is about this girl named Lilly and she lives in the 23rd centuary.And in the 23rd centuary all the glaciers on earth have melted and cities have been buried under the water.There are no more computers and no technology left.Lilly and her cat Cat live in one of the last ten countries.
One day while the prime ministers daugter was visiting her village raiders from the west raid her village, kill her grandmother, and take the prime ministers daugter!The prime minister blames her vill
Apr 13, 2010 Arya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Lilly is a fisher-girl with more than her fair share of problems. To begin with raiders have just come and killed her grandmother, on top of that her best friend is about to be drafted, she has been landed with a talking puter who seems to think that he needs to get "teknical service", her entire village is trying to marry her off to Lun - a boy who has always hated her, she has a seacat that everyone else would kill for, the ambassador for Greater Scotland thinks she knows things she should not ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Beka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very intriguing. It took a little bit for me to adjust to the writing style but after that, i really liked it. After reading the cover i was quite curious and the book left me curious and pondering it until the end! Just when i thought i had figured it out, the author threw in another twist. It was a fairly easy read but the plot itself was challenging. You never knew what would happen next, even though you had the insight into some of the characters thoughts and feelings. i liked ...more
In a harsh version of 22nd century, where England is mostly flooded and technology has collapsed, Lilly Melkun ekes out a living as a fisher. Coming home one day from sea, she finds her village was attacked by the savage Raiders, and her Grandma killed in the process. To make matters even dire, the Prime Minister blames Lilly's village for not fighting back and preventing the abduction of his daughter who was in town during the Raiders' rampage. He has ordered able bodied villagers, including he ...more
Jun 27, 2014 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emily Diamand found her way into authoring when her debut novel won the Times/Chicken House prize for children's fiction in 2008. Prior to that she had various jobs including environmental campaigner, organic farmer, surveyor of trees, brussels sprouts picker and pond digger.

Her first novel Flood Child (previously published as Reavers Ransom) was sold in eighteen languages, and was shortlisted for
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