Happy Friday, guys!
What better way to celebrate Friday, than with a blog tour?
Today, we're on the blog tour for The Secret Sea, and thrilled to share our review for this mysterious, wonderful book.
Read on for more + a giveaway, and why - if you're like me, and haven't read Barry's books before, this is a GREAT place to start.
Expected publication: August 23rd 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Format read: ARC via publisher
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One day Zak is standing on the subway platform when the tunnel starts to fill with water. He sees it before anyone else. The voice warns him to run. His friends Moira and Khalid believe this is more than a premonition, and soon all three find themselves in an alternate universe that is both familiar and seriously strange. As Zak unravels the mystery behind the voice, he faces decisions that may mean the end of their world at home--if they can even get home!
In his most propulsive and heartfelt book yet, acclaimed author Barry Lyga explores the depths of friendship, the bonds of family, and the nature of the universe itself.
Lyga introduces readers to Zak Killian, a twelve-year-old who dreams of boats, and has visions of a flooded Manhattan. He also begins hearing a voice, which warns him of danger, and also helps land Zak, and friends Moira and Khalid in an alternate, fascinating world.
As Zak and his friends try to figure out the mystery of the voice and of this parallel world, they find themselves in a world of adventure...
There are many things to love about Lyga's book, beginning with the fact that Lyga so clearly nails Zak, Moira and Khalid's voices. They are solidly tweens, and make the choices, and have the logical leaps of young adults of that age. It's reassuring to see them stumble and make the mistakes that are so common to teens, especially as they are in a situation with so many unknowns.
This is especially true as Lyga takes the main characters into a parallel universe, which is both fascinating and thought-provoking in its construct. Lyga has built a world that is similar enough to ours where readers will recognize the similarities, but also be equally surprised at the challenges that are faced in this alternate world, especially when it comes to gender equality. While Lyga makes a strong (and admirable) case for gender rights, he also leaves readers with the rather heady question of the ramifications of social inequality, as another reader aptly points out in their review.
Outside of the ramifications of the parallel world, Lyga ramps up the excitement considerably, both with discoveries about family and friends, and a few pointed questions on what the characters would do (and risk) for themselves and their relationships.
Of special note: It's worth mentioning that Secret Sea consists of shorter chapters and stylistic writing choices, including chapters with one or two words only on them.
I thought it would be jarring, but it actually works extremely well within the context of the book. However, it's definitely something to keep in mind when recommending the book to others like reluctant readers.
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About the author:
Barry Lyga is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including I Hunt Killers and The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. He graduated from Yale University, then worked in the comic book industry for ten years and developed Free Comic Book Day. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and their daughter. barrylyga.com