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When Hugo and Ada travel to their friend Dorian’s planet for the holidays, android Hugo is anxious about being accepted by Dorian’s powerful family. But when they arrive on Hydrox, there are more pressing things to worry about, as the planet has been overrun by refugee butterflies. Displaced from their home by climate change, the butterflies have been offered sanctuary by ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published February 4th 2021 by Barrington Stoke
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Lauren James
It's here!!


Watch me introduce The Deep-Sea Duke and read the first chapter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G0fp...

I’m so excited to share The Deep-Sea Duke, coming out with Barrington Stoke in Feb. This is set on an underwater planet, who are facing a climate crisis as refugees from a nearby planet keep arriving. It’s a scavenger hunt, a love story, and a drama of courtly intrigue in the nobility. I’m so excited about it, and I love this cover so much!

“A rich and brilliantly bonkers story of
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Anniek
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was the absolute CUTEST sequel!
Sydney Piepgrass
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
It turns out Hugo, Dorian and Ada still own my heart with how adorable and brilliant they are. I am so happy I reread The Starlight Watchmaker because I was able to fully appreciate their character arcs and the world-building as a whole.

The Deep-Sea Duke is just another example of how James can write sci-fi in the most universal and accessible way. This one even more so than her other novels since it is written with a non-reader audience in mind, but expertly maintains the themes and aspects th
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Dreximgirl
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Did I just cry because these boys are so beautiful? Yes, yes I did. This was just so wholesome. Dorian and Hugo have the most wonderful relationship and I love them with everything in me. Ada is the bestest friend to them both and the whole story was just beautiful. This book was the hug I needed.
blumenbusch
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
asdfghjkl amazing!
Em
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, sci-fi, middle-grade
A cute little sci-fi adventure with a nice example of how climate change can affect diplomacy and how introducing new species to an environment can throw things into disarray.
Nikki
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This series may be short but it is oh so sweet. The Deep-Sea Duke is just as heartwarming as it's predecessor, and really ties up everything I was hoping for in The Starlight Watchmaker! It's so pure and lovely.

Hugo continues to be the sweetest marshmallow android ever, and I wanted to hug him every time he had doubts. Dorian is adorable and I love that he loves Hugo. And Ada is just sweet and hilarious - the scenes of her
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Amy Walker  - Trans-Scribe Reviews
The Deep-Sea Duke is the follow up to The Starlight Watch Maker, and I'm sad to say that I haven't read the first book, but despite that I never felt like I got lost in this engaging and interesting story about this collection of unusual friends and the love they have for each other.

The story is about a trio of friends who met in the previous book, where two of them were students at an academy for children of wealthy and influential people from across the galaxy. There's Dorian, the price of the
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Caitlyn
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-sci-fi
This books is the sequel to The Starlight Watchmaker and it picks up after the end of that book when Dorian, Hugo and Ada are travelling to Dorian's home planet to spend the holiday there. Dorian is excited to show his friends around. However, when they arrive, it becomes clear that everything is not normal. A hundreds of refugee butterflies have been given sancutary on the planet after their own world has been destroyed by climate change. More butterflies are arriving all the time and space is ...more
Sifa Poulton
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
THE DEEP-SEA DUKE is another fun, quick read set in an inventive universe. Lauren James has clearly had so much fun creating the world of Hydrox and Ada in particular (she's an alien race that grows into a planet eventually).

There are some really fun linguistic world building (particularly in a book that's only 17k long so has to be really sparse). For example, it's "starlight" not "sunlight", as the stars the planets orbit aren't called "the Sun"! It's small details like this that really show h
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Jen
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
** 3.5 stars **

This was just as cute as the first book and I loved getting to see more of Hugo, Dorian and Ada.

However the plot wasn't quite as captivating. I liked that the author tried to tackle politics and issues such as climate change, but it was always going to be difficult to adequately achieve that in so few pages.

I also wasn't a fan of the romance. There were no hints or any build up and then suddenly the romance came out of nowhere. It felt more forced than believable.

Again, this w
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Bev
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Having read the prequel to this (The Starlight Watchmaker) and loved it I was very happy to renew my acquaintance with the three unusual main protagonists. Space travel, new worlds and cultures are very much a feature of this story with a strong ecological message and an adorable romance thrown in. Fabulous to see this band of diverse friends bonding together like glue and becoming a permanent part of each other’s lives.
Ellesha Syke
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
⚠️ SPOILERS AHEAD ⚠️

🌊 When Hugo and Ada travel to their friend Dorian’s planet for the holidays, android Hugo is anxious about being accepted by Dorian’s powerful family. But when they arrive on Hydrox, there are more pressing things to worry about, as the planet has been overrun by refugee butterflies.⁠

Displaced from their home by climate change, the butterflies have been offered sanctuary by Dorian’s parents, but they’re quickly running out of space. Meanwhile, beneath the seas, a strange cr
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Amy
Feb 13, 2021 added it
Having loved the first one in the series, I was obviously super excited about reading the sequel. Unfortunately I didn't connect to this one as much.

Don't get me wrong, I still loved the characters and the ending was great for Hugo and Dorian but I didn't love the rest of the story.

I do love that Lauren James made a cli fi story really accessible to a younger audience but I found a lot of it heavy handed. I do know that I am not the target audience so I am sure that it will relate to those who
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Steph
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
There’s something wonderfully bonkers about this story... in a good way! Great friendships are built on helping each other in times of need and working things out - even when they seem really hard. I liked the ending; I thought it was fitting! Lots of science in this!
Rachel Hesketh
This was adorable!
Candice Jones
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
A charming read with dashes of real world topics and out of the box world building packed into 120 pages!

Also pesky otters causing havoc.



Kizzy
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Dit is een heel leuke serie met enkele heel originele aliens. Ik weet niet of er nog een deel gaat volgen, maar is zeker welkom.
Briony2181
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very sweet story and with a bonus green message as well:)
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Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World. She is also a Creative Writing lecturer, freelance editor and screenwriter. Her books have sold over a hundred tho
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