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Dead Water Zone

by Kenneth Oppel

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | March 25, 2004 | Mass Market Paperbound

Dead Water Zone is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Hot on the heels of Kenneth Oppel?s latest blockbuster, Airborn, comes the mass market release of Dead Water Zone, a gripping science-fiction thriller, perfect for its young adult audience.

Set in the very near future, in a world where the haves and have nots are segregated by their neighbourhood?s level of environmental degradation, Dead Water Zone is the haunting story of 15-year-old Paul, who leaves his orderly suburban home to search for his younger brother, Sam. Sam has disappeared in the murky slum of Watertown, and Paul believes that he knows something dangerous about the toxic waters surrounding the shantytown.Can Paul find out the truth? Or does the dead water zone devour everyone who dares to enter it?

Oppel?s sensitive characterization and treatment of adolescent rivalry, love and self-worth enhance this action-packed, totally satisfying story. Dead Water Zone will capture a brand-new adolescent audience.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7 × 4.75 × 0.5 in

Published: March 25, 2004

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006485618

ISBN - 13: 9780006485612

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy but good Its a good book that keeps your attention. But the desciptiveness of some of the characters was slightly unnerving. Overall, I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from reminds me of Heinlien's classics of Sci-fi This book is very different from anything else from Kenneth Oppel that I have yet read. It is a speculative fiction that reminds me of much of Robert A. Heinlien's works that I read years ago in High School, or Frank Herbert's non-Dune books. It is intriguing and sublimely written. The story is about Paul, a young athlete, has gone in search of his brother, a genius who has gone missing in Watertown, a dilapidated floating second city of those who live outside regular society. Paul is looking for Sam and keeps feeling like he sees him or feels him but has yet to actually find him. Paul meets a young woman named Monica who helps him navigate this world he has never known. Can Paul find his brother and save him? Does Sam want to be saved? Or will the Dead Water Zone consume everyone who enters its area of influence? No one knows where the Dead Water comes from, only that those who drink it are changed. They seem to be stringer, faster, have better eye sight and they also seem to go crazy. This book was an incredible read. With twists and turns you do not expect, and surprises around every corner, it has the flavor and feel of classic science fiction. It is a stunning story compressed into just under 200 pages. Like many classic science fiction stories this one deals with themes of evolution, ecology, politics, power and human survival. It reads like it could fit into Frank Herbert's The Eye's of Heisenberg, The Dosadi Experiment or The Green Brain. If it was written as homage to some of the masters of Science Fiction it achieves its effect in a spectacular way. Oppel draws you into a story that has layers you will not unravel until the very end. It is an excellent book by a great Canadian author.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST! This book had a slow beginning but then out of nowhere it got super exciting! Even though the beginning was slow the middle and end were very exciting and made up for lost time!
Date published: 2004-03-17

– More About This Product –

Dead Water Zone

by Kenneth Oppel

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7 × 4.75 × 0.5 in

Published: March 25, 2004

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006485618

ISBN - 13: 9780006485612

From the Publisher

Hot on the heels of Kenneth Oppel?s latest blockbuster, Airborn, comes the mass market release of Dead Water Zone, a gripping science-fiction thriller, perfect for its young adult audience.

Set in the very near future, in a world where the haves and have nots are segregated by their neighbourhood?s level of environmental degradation, Dead Water Zone is the haunting story of 15-year-old Paul, who leaves his orderly suburban home to search for his younger brother, Sam. Sam has disappeared in the murky slum of Watertown, and Paul believes that he knows something dangerous about the toxic waters surrounding the shantytown.Can Paul find out the truth? Or does the dead water zone devour everyone who dares to enter it?

Oppel?s sensitive characterization and treatment of adolescent rivalry, love and self-worth enhance this action-packed, totally satisfying story. Dead Water Zone will capture a brand-new adolescent audience.

About the Author

Kenneth Oppel is the bestselling author of Airborn, which won the Governor General’s award and
the Red Maple Award, was a finalist for prestigious td children’s literature award, and was named a
Michael l. Printz honor Book in the US and an IBBY honour Book. His million-copy-selling Silverwing
Saga has won numerous awards, including the Mr. Christie’s Book award and the CLA Book of the
Year for children award. Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children. Visit his
website at www.kennethoppel.com.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17