Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet five hundred years ago, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes — not for food or clothing, but for her dead sister's life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. Tempe's sister Elysea died keeping a terrible secret: she was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.
But once revived, Elysea doesn't want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn't commit; she wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents' death and mend their broken bond. But they're pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed. Bestselling author Astrid Scholte creates a thrilling and suspenseful adventure in a unique post-apocalyptic setting that will leave readers breathless.
"The countdown of Elysea’s remaining time at the start of each chapter keeps tensions high as the characters explore a detailed, inventive, lovingly crafted world.... The narrative’s sea legs come through deep, resonant characterizations and the characters’ intense emotional inner lives." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||14 and up|
|Publication Date||Mar 3, 2020|
|Publisher||G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers|