Sunday, 16 September 2012

Book Review #1: CloudWorld

CloudWorld                                                               Faber and Faber ©2005

David Cunningham                                                   345 pages, $12.99, ISBN 0-571-22366-4

CloudWorld is a book that is based on a world that is covered in clouds. Cities stand on peaks that protrude from the depths below. There are different classes of people such as farmers, Cloudfarers who go on airships to explore the clouds and etc. The book is about a young teen prince named Marcus, who’s the son of the king of the city Heliopolis. The king isn’t able to spend a lot of time with his son so his tutor brings him up. One day, the king goes on a diplomatic mission and was overdue. Nobody knew what happened until a weak telegraph told everyone that the ship caught on fire and so Marcus embarks on a rescue mission. Everything goes smoothly until the actual rescue stage, where Marcus’ ship is shot down and betrayed by the other ship coming with them. This story is about bravery, courage, about earning companionship and about facing dangers together.

CloudWorld is a journey to survive the depths of the unknown and reach the city before it’s too late. This book is so verbally appealing that I could actually see the entire story in my head. I could hear the hissing of the burning proleyne. I could smell the smoke of the burning timbers. The emotions in this book are intense; the romance and despair just come alive. The entire story just comes together and flows extremely smoothly. When a simple verb, noun, or adjective could be used, David Cunningham chose words that show the reader what’s happening and doesn’t just tell the reader. But not only is there an easy side to this, like any other piece, the theme is truly powerful. The story shows that even the lowest of the low still have an opinion and should be treated equally.
CloudWorld is an intoxicating and irresistible book. CloudWorld is too captivating and enticing to stop reading, so I advise you set aside a few hours per day to read. You’ll probably go over that, though, because this book is so fascinating that once you start, you won’t be able put it down!

1 comment:

  1. Did you know that there was a sequel, Cloudworld at War? Another very good read! :)