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No ship was coming to the island for food or taking people or anything, and the last ship that carried people was away with her parents. I love dystopian fiction and the setting of a flooded, sinking England in despair is a brilliant premise for a story and very relevant today with climate change and global warming. Set on the east coast of England after the sea has risen and flooded much of East Anglia, Floodland tells the story of ten year old Zoe who has lost her parents in a confusing rescue mission from her home island of Norwich. I think it would have been better if it showed how Zoe and Munchkin got along and about them having their baby brother. The idea behind this post apocalyptic world was fascinating and it wasn't too preachy seeing as it is a possible eventuality of global warming.

Of his story, Sedgwick says, "This was one of those stories that I thought might be a novel originally but actually was much better suited to the tight form of the short story. This is stunning debut novel from Marcus Sedgwick and one in which the reader is instantly transported to the watery wastelands of the Fens via strong characterisation and an atmospheric tension that envelops the reader in a sea mist that chills to the bone. I didn’t really believe in the characters or their dynamics and relationships and felt the ending was rather cliched. Put this together with the feral survival of the children on the Island of Eels and you have Floodland. You can see that a lot of the ideas in it were thought up a moment before writing them rather than being planned in advance; they haven't been adequately integrated.The belief that she will one day find her parents spurs Zoe on in her dramatic voyage, in a story full of of courage and determination. Marcus has also received two Printz Honors, for Revolver in 2011 and The Ghosts of Heaven in 2016, giving him the most citations to date for America’s most prestigious book prize for writing for young adults. saw Marcus turn his attention to books for younger readers with the launch of a humorous new series: The Raven Mysteries, narrated by a grumpy raven, Edgar. Alone and desperate among marauding gangs, she manages to dig a derelict boat out of the mud and get away to Eels Island. He is also the most noted author in the history of the Printz Award, with one win and two honour books, for Revolver, The Ghosts of Heaven and Midwinter Blood.

On Norwich, we meet our main character, Zoe, who lost her parents as the last they got away on the last boat but Zoe got left behind.This is an interesting story set in the near future, where global warming has caused the Earth’s sea levels to rise, flooding much of Britain and the rest of the world. Along the way she ends up at another Island where she gets herself into a tricky situation and well I won't spoil any more. She lives in decaying warehouses on the edge of the waters, foraging for old tinned foods and collecting rainwater to drink.

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