the fog diver book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Fog Diver is the first book in a new young adult series by Joel Ross. I have to say I found it to be a great beginning! We meet Chess and his salvage crew while Chess is ‘diving’ for things to collect from from the ‘Fog’. A couple generations earlier a nano-tech was set loose to fix many of the issues affecting the planet in order to save it. Turns out it got wise enough to understand that humans were the constant problem that needed to be cleaned up after. So the little buggers started killing people.

In the end, people had to move to mountain tops to escape the ‘Fog’ of nanites that to all humans, looks just like a fog covering the entire Earth other than the mountain tops.  However, it did not seem to impede the daily lives of plants or animals.

People had to abandon much or died too quickly and left many things behind. This is what the salvage crews were used for. Young kids were tied to tethers and reeled down like bait on a hook to wander around looking for stuff to bring back to the ‘Bosses’. Unfortunately, the nanites killed people who spent too much time in the fog. That is, of course, if what hid in the fog didn’t kill them first.

Chess was different. He’d been fog diving for a couple years and still hadn’t had any adverse effects. He was pretty sure it had to do with his birth defect–his cause for worry. He had a cloudy eye, full of nanites. Since he was actually born in the fog, it marked him.

Chess and his crew were collected by Mrs. E. who taught them all kinds of different skills and put them together to be a great salvage crew. But Mrs. E. knew certain secrets and Chess was in the middle of the whole mess. Mrs. E had been their ‘mother’ but now she was dying because of the fog sickness and needed special care. Only the rebels might have the cure. They needed a big score to get enough money to pay someone to smuggle them all out to save Mrs. E. while not attracting the attention of Lord Kodoc.

I thought this was an excellent book for young adults. It was fun and fast reading. As a matter of fact, I thought it was a rather ingenious premise for  a story, though I had some reservation before I started reading. I think The Fog Diver will appeal to both boys and girls; while Chess is the main character, he has two crew mates that are impressive and admirable in their own right. I truly think this is a good book for anyone who likes a little adventure!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review and giveaway copies were provided by HarperTeen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.