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Young Adult Fiction Contemporary


by (author) Jade Shyback

Red Hen Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Contemporary, Dystopian, Girls & Women, Coming of Age, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12


From debut young adult novelist Jade Shyback comes the first in the Aqueous series. On the eve of Earth’s collapse, young Marisol Blaise is taken to live on an underwater mersation known as Aqueous with parents not her own. There, she must compete in the trials, grueling tests designed to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each trainee, hoping to be assigned to the all-male elite diving team known as the Cuviers. Desperate to prove to herself, the residents, and all of her parents, dead and alive, that she is worthy of this prestigious placement, she works tirelessly to shatter misogynistic beliefs, only to discover that it was not only the men who constrained her. A much uglier untruth exists.

About the author

An outdoor enthusiast and avid beekeeper, Jade Shyback left a financial services career in the Middle East to return to Canada and pursue endless hobbies, including writing, by which she finally utilized her English Literature degree to create her debut fictional novel, Aqueous.

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Editorial Reviews

"Shyback has created an all-too-believable future with a consummate eye for detail and realism in this, her debut novel." — Cindy Matthews, Authorlink

"Ingeniously configured and persuasively detailed, this biosphere has heft... Refreshingly original, this dystopia delivers more than a dash of hope." —Kirkus Reviews