Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

The Deep-Sea Duke by Lauren James

Journey to the amazing ocean planet of Hydrox in The Deep-Sea Duke – the exciting science fiction, alien sequel to The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James!

Cogwork android Hugo and sentient volcano Ada have travelled to Hydrox with their friend Dorian for the holidays.  This mismatched trio play off each other brilliantly as they grapple with issues of identity, class and making the right choices in their complicated lives.

They arrive to find the planet overrun by butterflies who have been forced to flee their own planet due to climate change. Issues of the burning of fossil fuels and how refugees are treated are explored in a unique way.

When another strange creature starts causing problems beneath the waves, Dorian, Hugo and Ada must work together to solve the problem and deal with the impact a new species can have on the environment. Adventure, diplomacy and acceptance take centre stage as the three young people discover the importance of friendship and belonging.

Published by Barrington Stoke, The Deep-Sea Duke is an engaging and accessible read. With dyslexia-friendly font, spacing and page tint, even the most reluctant reader will be drawn in. With so many themes and a solid story of friendship, The Deep-Sea Duke would find a home on any Key Stage Two or Key Stage Three book shelf.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke for this unique book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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