Flotilla is a dystopian story in which a messed-up teen named Jim is thrown into the ocean, literally and figuratively, to become both a survivor and a hero. Jim leaves an addiction rehab center to join his father aboard an experimental colony off the Los Angeles coast raising fish through the process of mariculture (open-sea fish farming). This floating city is also a dangerous ecosystem, filled with strange and dangerous characters. Daily adventures reveal that the colony has become a conduit for drug-dealing, gambling and human trafficking. Fortunes have been created that people will lie, cheat or kill to protect. Jim is forced to accept that second chances can come with strings attached.
This was my only book I reviewed back on The Fireplace blog so this is kinda of a merge between the old and new. Book was good. Really good. So good it’s been nominated for the upcoming Book N Tech Editor Choice award for best YA dystopian novel. One of the better things is the Main Character: Jim. He’s a dynamic teen going through typical teen troubles like drugs, violence, and getting attacked by pirates (the struggle right?) The dialogue is rich and easy to understand and get down with. The story line is a bit slow for some young tastes but the rich tale is hard to put down.
5/5 A really good science fiction YA dystopian fantasy good for 13 and up. It features a real life kid (Jim Westerfield) facing problems in his home both on the sea and at home plus he has all the same most kids have. So if you like what I’ve talked about I heavily encourage you to go and grab you a copy. (BTW the sequel comes out on Black Friday!)