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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > NOVEMBER 2016 > I want to believe

I want to believe

A pair of human settlers on an alien planet must overcome their differences to find the truth in James Bow’s sci-fi adventure


Icarus Down

James Bow

Scholastic Canada, Ages 12+

THE WORLD of James Bow’s Icarus Down is stunning and terrifying in concept. After decades of wandering the galaxy aboard the spaceship Icarus, the last remaining survivors of a destroyed Earth settle on a new planet, dubbing it Icarus Down. The landscape of the planet is made up of steep mountains that drop off into thick, fog-shrouded forests, which are inhabited by fearsome spider-like creatures called Ticktocks. To avoid the Ticktocks, the humans live in clifftop cities named after Roman mythological figures. Their steampunk-tinged existence includes battery-operated ornithopters – their only means of travel, exporting and importing goods, and patrolling for Ticktocks.

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