The Fog Diver

by Joel Ross
Release date: May 22, 2015
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, young adult

No one knows where the Fog, deadly only to humans, came from or why it started rising. Civilization has been pushed to the brink, clinging desperately to the highest mountain peaks in cities controlled by an elite few. However, thirteen-year-old Chess, a tetherboy who dives into the Fog for salvage, has lasted longer than most. But his affinity with the Fog stems from his deepest secret. A secret that he must protect at all costs if he wants to stay alive.

Joel Ross debuts a thrilling and action-packed adventure in a future when living in the sky is the new reality and a few determined slum kids just might become heroes.

A deadly white mist has cloaked the earth for hundreds of years. Humanity clings to the highest mountain peaks, where the wealthy Five Families rule over the teeming lower slopes and rambling junkyards. As the ruthless Lord Kodoc patrols the skies to enforce order, thirteen-year-old Chess and his crew scavenge in the Fog-shrouded ruins for anything they can sell to survive.

Hazel is the captain of their salvage raft: bold and daring. Swedish is the pilot: suspicious and strong. Bea is the mechanic: cheerful and brilliant. And Chess is the tetherboy: quiet and quick... and tougher than he looks. But Chess has a secret, one he’s kept hidden his whole life. One that Lord Kodoc is desperate to exploit for his own evil plans. And even as Chess unearths the crew’s biggest treasure ever, they are running out of time!

(updated 2016-10-25)

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