Rising Tides by Katy Haye
Length: Full (579 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by Orchid
The truth won’t stay submerged forever
City is the last civilised place left on a drowned Earth, a floating town built from metal and plastic from the Time Before. It’s the only home doctor’s daughter Libby Marchmont has ever known or wanted – until her father helps the wrong patient and she’s forced to flee.
Cosimo came to City for one reason. Then he should have vanished back to his people on the Wastes. But what about his promise to Libby’s father?
Stranded in the middle of the sea, can the two enemies learn to trust each other? And can they survive long enough to uncover the truth: City isn’t the safe haven Libby always believed it to be …
Humans ruined their home planet and the only space left on Earth consists of New Eden, dedicated to growing food, a floating city made of refuse left from the times before, and a huge mass of floating debris – wastes dumped at sea by previous generations. The remainder of Earth’s surface is drowned in the ocean.
Orphaned while escaping from City with Cosimo the reamer boy, Liberty Marchant yearns to return to her floating home, but fate ties her to Cosimo and they are washed ashore in New Eden, the only land mass on the planet. She learns the world is not as she has been taught in City, and the City Magistrate will do anything to remain in charge and live the life of luxury he is used to.
Told in the first person, this book is a refreshing new look at a possible future for Earth. The world is still populated by selfish people, cruel people, kind people willing to help and work with others and those with the adventurous spirit to take them over the horizon to fresh adventures.
The story had the necessary twists and turns and highlights to get my attention and make me want to read on. It’s quite chilling to realize that in a larger sense this story could be true in a few hundred years – if not less.