Dead Water Zone

Mass Market Paperback | April 5, 2004

byKenneth Oppel

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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.

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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, De...

Kenneth Oppel is the bestselling author of Airborn, which won the Governor General’s award andthe Red Maple Award, was a finalist for prestigious td children’s literature award, and was named aMichael l. Printz honor Book in the US and an IBBY honour Book. His million-copy-selling SilverwingSaga has won numerous awards, including the M...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:April 5, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage: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