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Kaimira: The Sky Village: Book One

by Monk Ashland

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This book has many plots and many main/important characters. The story really brings out your inner imagination. 5Q5P The cover art is awesome and I'd recommend this book for high school students and adults. WilliamH
  edspicer | Jun 16, 2014 |
The Sky Village is a unique fantasy with rich world building. Monk and Nigel Ashland have created two fascinating cultures, each of which shows elements of their root cultures. The Sky Village is a lovely concept, a city made of balloons tied together and floating above China. The culture of the Sky Village is an interesting mixture of traditional Chinese elements with unique elements unique to an airborne society. I particularly loved the nuptial rituals. The caves under Las Vegas, by contrast, have a culture steeped in greed and gambling that seems appropriate to their location.

The characters are also interesting, varied and colorful. The two protagonists are likable, sympathetic, and quite human: they make mistakes and they fail, sometimes with disastrous consequences, but they are both courageous and caring, and try to make up for their mistakes. The plot is exciting and holds your interest, although I did find Rom's story a little more exciting than Mei's.

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  SheilaRuth | Aug 23, 2013 |
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I started this, but even with its unique premise and intriguing setting, I didn't get through it. One day I'll try it again and see how that goes, because I do like the ideas presented in the book.
  etoiline | Jan 13, 2010 |
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"The book follows two children in a post-apocalyptic word where machines and animals are locked in constant struggle, and the remaining human population stays in hiding. The concept is kind of neat, but the culture is pretty by-the-book. There's a "before time" to contrast with the now. Familiar concepts are twisted by ignorance. It's funny to think that they seem to be pushing this as a fantasy novel, but it's really science fiction. It is the future, and snatches of familiar culture will appear—half the book takes place in China, and bits of actual Chinese culture will pop up here and there.

Both your main characters are pretty by-the-book. Both are trying to save the people they love, and then they are handed a mysterious power that will let them do just that. The kids aren't unlikable, but they are pretty unremarkable. Standard YA heroes.

The book is split between them, existing on opposite sides of the world—one in China, one in Las Vegas. Their only interaction is through a 'magical' book, and a lot of that interaction isn't even shown, just described in passing. Because of this, there's no emotional connection between the two for the reader, and when they finally do meet in a later book it's likely to lack real emotional punch.

The boy, Rom, has a pretty straightforward quest to save his sister, and that's fine, though it's so straightforward that it reaches its conclusion almost too quickly and easily. You know what's going to happen. The girl, Mei, wants to save her mother, but there's no action on her part until the last few chapters. She doesn't actually *do* anything for most of the book. She whines about how much she doesn't want to be in the Sky Village, and why won't people accept her, and oh, maybe she likes it here but she still wants to save her mother, and then, boom, everything goes to hell, now we can do something but it's a very bad thing to do indeed. Sigh.

The two quests resolve themselves and then we are teased with the next quest for our heroine, but our hero knows nothing of it, leaving his part with a lack of closure for this volume at least." ( )
  lampbane | Dec 6, 2009 |
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I found the book to be interesting but too confusing to hold my interest ( )
  pollysmith | Jul 24, 2009 |
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From a village made of hot-air balloons to a subterranean battle arena, two young people struggle to discover who and what they are — and how to use the astonishing powers they share.

High over China, twelve-year-old Mei arrives at the Sky Village, an intricate web of hot-air balloons floating above an Earth where animals battle machines for control. Deep below the ruins of Las Vegas, thirteen-year-old Rom enters a shadowy world where he is commandeered to fight, gladiator-style, against hybrid demons for the entertainment of a mercenary crowd.

Mei and Rom have never met, but they share a common journal--a book that allows them to communicate with each other and reveals that they carry the strange and frightening Kaimira gene, entwining aspects of human, beast, and machine within their very DNA.

Mei and Rom must find the courage to balance the powers that lurk within--and overcome outside forces that seek to destroy them--if they are to survive and save the ones they love
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High over China, the Sky Village, an intricate web of interconnected hot-air balloons, floats above the troubled landscape, where animals battle machines for control. Mei's mother has been kidnapped, and she has been left in this strange place by her father.

Half a world away, thirteen-year-old Rom struggles to survive in the ruins of Las Vegas. When his young sister is taken by a pair of demonic creatures, Rom has no choice but to follow her into a shadowy world below ground. There, he becomes engaged in gladiator-style fighting in an arena where mehanical-beast demons do battle for the entertainment of a chaotic community of gamblers.

Mei and Ron have never met, but they share a common journal, a book that mysteriously allows them to communicate. It also reveals that each of them carries the strange and frightening kaimira gene and that aspects of beast and mek qualities are entwined in their very DNA.

In this thrilling, intricately plotted novel, the first in a five-book series, Mei and Rom must overcome the forces that seek to destroy them and find the courage to balance the powers that lurk within.

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In a future where wild beasts, humans, and mechanical beings battle for control, two children, on opposite sides of the earth, connect through a mysterious journal that comes alive to reveal a powerful primal force and a frightening destiny.

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