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The Flooded Earth

(Quest of the Sunfish #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Forty years after a devastating flood changed the face of the earth, new consequences and challenges are still surfacing.

Twins Will and Annalie thought the hardest part about this year was going to be their separation when bookish Annalie began life at a prestigious Admiralty-run boarding school and avid sailor Will stayed behind in the flood-damaged slums. But that was be
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 28th 2018 by Pajama Press (first published August 24th 2016)
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Kathleen Dixon
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: the Bookshop
If you look at my starting and finish dates for this book it seems that I've taken a long time to read it. I haven't - it's simply the book that I've kept at work and so I've only read for about 15 or 20 minutes, 3 days a week. Having said that, sometimes my reading-at-work book becomes a take-home. The fact that this didn't doesn't detract at all from how much I enjoyed it.

This is the first in a series and I've been reading an Uncorrected Proof which was left at the bookshop (my workplace) by t
Laura Gardner
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Forty years after a devastating flood changes the earth forever, twins Will and Annalie set off on an adventure to find their father and solve the mystery of his disappearance. At the start of the book, Will lives at home in the slums with his tinkerer father and their cyborg parrot, Graham. Annalie has won a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school where all her classmates come from much more privileged backgrounds. Spinner, their father, must suddenly flee their home and Will and Annalie d ...more
Stacy Ford
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Set in the future where the earth has been flooded as a result of global warming. Short, action filled chapters will appeal to kids. Strong female and male characters. Even a parrot who communicates more as a result of scientific experiments. When Spinner, the dad in the story disappears when the Admirality are about to take him into custody his two kids Will and Linnie(?) set out to find him on their sailboat, the Sunfish. Along the way they bring Linnie’s friend Essie and rescue a boy named Po ...more
Brave, resilient 12-year-olds, challenging the might of a dystopian society's naval powerhouse with cunning and luck.

More to come in the series.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
When the Flood hit, the world changed. The Admiralty took over, people moved inland, coastal cities were abandoned and became run-down slums. One of these abandoned cities was home to Will and Annalie. That is, until the Admiralty came looking for their father and they found themselves on a high-seas adventure to find him.

Will and Annalie set out to find Spinner, their father, with no idea where he could be. All they have is his old boat, some ancient tech, and his talking parrot Graham. When An
I'd give this one a 3.5, a rating I may raise when I read the other two titles. I had no idea that cli-fi (climate fiction) was a thing, but apparently it is as global warming continues to swirl in the public consciousness. Set forty years after a great flood that covered much of the planet, this book follows twins, Annalie and Will, as they search for their father, Spinner, who has fled their home when government agents pursue him. Annalie has been studying at an exclusive school where she's en ...more
Quinn R
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a fairly good book, with a good explanation of the characters. The book explains in a lot of detail the characters and their feelings, but lacks slightly in describing the surrounding environment of the book. The character's boat, which is what they are on for the majority of the book, is not described in a lot of detail except for that it is a box-shaped sail boat. The interior of the boat is better described. The book does not explain details about the multiple weeks of no excitement, ...more
Connie McCain
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great mystery - many unanswered questions. The story moves at a good pace with new characters being introduced along the way. There was enough information given and enough held back to leave me satisfied but also eager to read the next book: The Castle in the Sea.
Julia Tulloh Harper
3.5 stars
This was fun. Set in the future after the ‘Flood’ (some sort of global cataclysmic climate change event), this follows some kids and their rag tag friends who need to sail off to find their missing father who’s on the run from the Admiralty (global military/governmental superpower). Some great insights about class which I think would help start discussion with young readers. Pacing/tension a bit funny sometimes but I’ll definitely read the sequels.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book has an interesting setting, the Earth having been flooded as the result of a climate change-induced accident, but that's about it. The characters are fairly flat and the plot is pretty predictable.
Debbie Tanner
This is a most excellent adventure. Will and Annalie's dad, Spinner disappears one day and they set out to find him in their post apocalyptic flooded world. The characters are really interesting and the situations are believable and compelling. I really liked this science fiction mystery.
Anna Davidson
An action packed adventure story. Some interesting environmental themes to unpack with students. I love a book that has a timeless theme and setting. It could be set anywhere. A great read!
Karen Upper
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this take on a dystopian world!
Brandi Smrekar
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book started strong but then fizzled for me pretty quickly. It was very long winded and predictable. I won’t be continuing the trilogy.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really good book!!
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Allen & Unwin for review.

DNF at 77 pages

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In a world suffering the effects of rising sea levels, Will and Annalie live a simple existence with their father Spinner. When Spinner must suddenly disappear to avoid capture by the Admiralty, Will and Annalie discover that there was more to their father than they could ever have imagined.

This is an adventurous story set in a world that has adjusted to rising sea levels and the unexpected loss
Danielle Clode
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A ripper book for keen young readers with plenty of challenges for the protagonists and readers alike in dealing with the difficulties of climate change and uncomfortably familiar political realities. I love the way the author weaves complex issues effortlessly through the plot where they can be explored, or just left as colourful backdrop. A rich and rewarding read - but most of all a rollicking good adventure story. Looking forward to the next one. PS I particularly loved the bird vs ape langu ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It was ok. Not sure it's strong enough to warrant a sequel. Did NOT read 3 times. Can't figure out how to delete that info. Sometimes this site is so clunky....
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