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A Crack in the Skyby Mark Peter Hughes
Synopses & Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Eli Papadopoulos is worried. Even though he's a member of the most powerful family in the world. Even though his grandfather founded InfiniCorp, the massive corporation that runseverything in the bustling dome-cities. Even though InfiniCorp ads and billboards are plastered everywhere, proclaiming:
DON'T WORRY INFINICORP IS TAKING CARE OFEVERYTHING
Recently, Eli noticed that there's something wrong with the artificial sky. It keeps shorting out, displaying strange colors and random images. And though the Departmentof Cool and Comfortable Air is working overtime, the dome-city is hotter than it's ever been.
Eli has been raised to believe that the dome-cities are safe, thatthe important thing is to keep working and consuming, and that everyone is secure and comfortable in InfiniCorp's capable hands.
But now he begins askingquestions.
All of a sudden, operatives from a dangerous band of terrorists keep contacting him. The Friends of Gustavo--or Foggers--want to tear downeverything InfiniCorp has created. They promise Eli that they have the truth he seeks--if he's brave enough to handle it.
Eli isn't convinced.And he's about to find out that in the dome-cities, being a Papadopoulos isn't enough to save a rule-breaker like him from being sent far away to learn right-thinking. In his new home, the Tower, Elimeets Tabitha, once at the top of her Internship class, now a forgotten slave. Together, and with help from Eli's beloved pet mongoose, Marilyn, they just might be able to escape . . . and try to make a life forthemselves in the scorched wilderness outside the domes.
This sweeping, high-concept eco-thriller recalls Disney/Pixar's Wall-E and Lois Lowry'sclassic The Giver, yet it is completely original, a remarkable, fully realized fantasy that will change the way you look at how we live.
From the Hardcover edition.
Noticing malfunctions in the artificial environments controlled by his grandfather's massive dome-city corporation, 13-year-old Eli is contacted by a dangerous band of terrorists who promise him answers in exchange for his help in tearing down the world his family manufactured. By the author of I Am the Wallpaper.
About the Author
Mark Peter Hughes was born in Liverpool, England, and grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island.
Mark Peter Hughes’s first novel, I Am the Wallpaper, was a Children’s Book Sense 76 Summer Pick and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. His second, Lemonade Mouth, was a Book Sense Children’s Spring Pick, a Richie’s Pick, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year (Outstanding Merit), an ASTAL Rhode Island Book of the Year Award winner, and a Boston Authors Club Award finalist.
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