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Summer "Vacation" Begins

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It has been a seriously crazy week. School is over (except for the journal competition, which is due Friday), but I probably won't have grades until June/July.

The crazy parts of the week: my car was totaled at the start, and I bought a new one at the end. No details because online is not the place, but suffice it to say I'm okay (thank God)--except for a mild case of sticker shock. The financing lady was all, "You don't look very excited about your new car," and I was like, "I'm still mourning the extraordinary amount of money it costs."

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The Lost Compass by Joel Ross eARC

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Last year, I read Joel Ross' middle grade debut, The Fog Diver, and really enjoyed it. I was excited for the further adventures of Chess and his scavenging crew. Unfortunately, despite a few high points, the sequel has some significant weaknesses.

This eARC was provided through Edelweiss for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Lost Compass by Joel Ross
Series: The Fog Diver #2
Genres: MG, SFF, Dystopian
Published on May 24, 2016
Published by HarperCollins
Synopsis:
In the high-stakes sequel to The Fog Diver, thirteen-year-old Chess and his crew must stop the deadly and mysterious Fog from enveloping the city of Port Oro and destroying their world.

Chess and his crew—Hazel, Swedish, and Bea—may have escaped the slums, but they cannot escape the Fog that threatens to swallow the entire mountaintop city of Port Oro.

Only one thing can stop the fog: an ancient machine known as the Compass. Only one person can find it: Chess. With the help of his crew, Chess faces dangerous encounters, brutal battles, and deadly driftsharks to unearth the hidden instrument. It’s a race against time to save this high-altitude sanctuary.

With adventure at every turn, peril behind every corner, and a few determined slum kids who are up to the task, Joel Ross presents a fantastic world in this fast-paced follow-up to The Fog Diver.

Review:
The Lost Compass's biggest problem is its slow start. The main action, quest and danger don't really get started until a few chapters in. The first book, The Fog Diver, had near constant conflict, tension and danger. Perhaps this was an issue of expectations, but by comparison, The Lost Compass had too many slow moments, especially at the beginning where I expected to be grabbed.

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