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Author: Rebecca Merry Murdock
Illustrator: Kalen Chock
Publisher: Bark and Howl Press Ltd
Published: 30th January, 2015
Set in the world called Terrakesh, humans and Urvogels live. The main difference between the two species is that Urvogels have wings. Rocco, however, has a human Mum and his father was a warrior Urvogel though he died before Rocco could get to know him. This has meant that Rocco has never been totally accepted in the human world, often being the victim of bullying, because he is a hybrid, a mammal with wings. He loves to fly and one day, escaping bullies, he accidentally flies to a Urvogel stronghold where he gives in to the temptation to look what life is like there, spying on children of around his own age but avoiding the notice of their security forces. This visit leads to tragedy, his capture and return to actually live there under threat of being killed should he try to escape. He makes friends with Basalt, Vesta, Magma and Iggy, learning more about their lives and how cruel their leaders are. I’d certainly not be happy in their society where quiet, solitary reading, playing musical instruments for your own pleasure and the like are called vanity crimes, punishable by having your wings cruelly cut off, expulsion or death. When he learns what the leaders plan for him, he decides to escape with some of his new friends and the tale of survival, adventure, war and heroism commences big time! There are some fantastic illustrations in the book, too.
This is a fantastic, fast moving story that is the first book in a new series that is aimed at middle-graders but is also a great read for adults, too! I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no hesitation in highly recommending it!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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