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Oculum

by Philippa Dowding

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science fiction, dystopian
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list price: $9.99
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published: April 2018
ISBN:9781770865136
publisher: Cormorant Books
Description

"I'm Mann, just Mann."

The world is slowly recovering after environmental collapse, and the children of the automated, domed city of Oculum have begun to awaken. Miranda, William and the 998 other children wake to tend the fruit trees and gardens behind the thick, opaque walls of their world. Some speak quietly of Outside, which is forbidden. Until William finds a door ...

The children outside the dome of Oculum — Mann, Cranker and others raised by Grannie — live amongst the rubble of the old destroyed city. They live with hunger, hard work, and stories about a time before the fall, of buggies without horses, light without fire ... and magical fruit called "peaches." But it must be lies, until one day Mann and Cranker get close enough to the ancient dome to find ... a door....

About the Author

Philippa Dowding is an award-winning children’s author, a poet, and a copywriter. Her many literary nominations include the Silver Birch Express, Red Cedar, and Red Maple awards. She lives in Toronto.

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Age:
10 to 13
Grade:
5 to 8

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Oculum

Miranda 1 and William 1, are the eldest of one thousand children growing up in a dome full of fruit trees, clean air, and zero death, unaware that life is going on outside the dome, and that maybe they should be a part of making it better, until one of them discovers a door.

Meanwhile, on the outside, environmental damage and sickness reigns, Mannfred, and his makeshift family have never tasted fruit and they’re all too familiar with death, but new life, a move that draws them to the curiosity that is the dome, bring more hope than they’ve ever known before.

With the short length of this novel there isn’t a ton of world-building, so I was left with some questions like, for instance, why girls are so scarce on the outside and how the littluns end up with the Grannies, I get that the parents must have passed on or something, but it just seemed curious that a sort of traveling salesman drops babies off with the Grannies, and I was left wanting to know more.

However, enough is explained about the state of things inside and outside of the dome that you’ll have a firm grasp of what’s going on, even if it isn’t overly detailed with information. It’s probably just as well since often a lot of detail can end up feeling unnecessary and bog things down and this has a really strong pace to it, a sense of urgency nicely balanced with getting a solid sense of who the characters are and what they’re feeling.

I loved that all the characters were intelligent in their own way (including Cranker), they tugged at me emotionally, I wanted everything to work out for them, it wasn’t just the humans, either, the one-eyed dog, and the Mothers (robots) easily found a place in my heart, too.

I received this book through a giveaway.

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