Shark Wars

Shark Wars

Paperback - 2011
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Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scholastic, 2011
ISBN: 9780545447287
Characteristics: 248 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm.


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Jan 29, 2018

I agree with all of you that say it’s awesome. It really is. I’m only half way and I love it.

Dec 20, 2015

" GHray has a war with some bullies and they make Gray travel to different oceans to fight." Review submitted by Aniken for the Minecraft Book Review Raffle.

Jun 30, 2015

Awesome book this is a must read!

Aug 24, 2013

Awsome book very cool. This book is a must read!!

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

A popular, athletic, impulsive young teen from a small town fights against the rules and constraints his elders place upon him. He's ready to adventure and see the larger world he hears so much about--and that he doesn't hear much about, since he feels too sheltered and much is kept secret from the young in an effort to protect them. He's always getting in trouble for pushing the boundaries and not paying attention in school.
Then, one day, his selfish rebelliousness goes to far, endangering others, and the unthinkable happens: he gets banished from his town and sent off into the wide world alone. There he finds his elders had good reason to be afraid, for the larger world is dominated by tribal warlords battling for power. His peaceful existence has been replaced by constant death and mayhem--though, to be fair, it's also pretty advanced and awesome, at times making his town seem like a backwater in comparison, with a whole new set of temptations he never imagined.
At one point he returns to his small town to find it has been destroyed, with many of his friends and loved ones killed. You can't survive alone in a world like this, so he must figure out who to side with in the power struggles and wars, all while hoping to retain some of his integrity and find his scattered friends and family that remain.
Now: imagine that scenario, except turn all of the characters into sharks swimming in the Big Blue. I mean, it's a basic story almost any kid (or anyone who's been a kid) can relate to, plus it has the huge cool factor of razor sharp teeth and powerful fins tearing enemies to shreds. What's not to like?
Granted, this is no masterpiece of great writing and complexity, but it gets the appeal factors completely right. It was suggested to me by the mother of a young man who's been devouring the series, and I can see why. By the end I had been so drawn into the character and stories that I was able to turn off my snooty adult literary critic and wanted to know what would happen to the characters in the upcoming books. A very nice effort.
(Oh, and I quite enjoyed the way Altbacker gave the shark world legends and mythology, starting with a creation myth in the prologue; particularly, the name he gave the cunning father of the scheming mako sharks: Machiakelpi.)

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