Orphans of the Tide #2: Shipwreck Island (Hardcover)
Loyalties are tested in this sequel to Orphans of the Tide, a smart, unique middle grade read perfect for fans of Wildwood or The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Ellie and Seth know more than most people do about living amongst gods. Ellie, an inventor with a tragic past, was once forced to become the human Vessel for the most wicked god of all, the Enemy; Seth, a mysterious boy with no memories, has just discovered that he’s actually a god himself.
So when they escape the City and all of its inhabitants who want them dead, they hope to find a new island—free of gods—to call home.
Months on a homemade raft have stretched their patience with each other, but at last they spot land—and when they arrive, it seems like every bit the paradise they’d been dreaming of.
But the tropical island has its secrets just as the City did, and Ellie and Seth are faced with impossible questions about who they can trust and who they can’t—including each other.
Struan Murray is Scottish and grew up in Edinburgh, the youngest of a large, rowdy family of redheads. He has a PhD in genetics and is now a lecturer in biochemistry at the University of Oxford. Visit him online at www.struanmurray.com.
Praise for Orphans of the Tide: "Vivid characters, a breathtaking story, and the promise of a sequel all come together in this alluring middle-grade fantasy." — Booklist
"Murray expertly parses out pieces of world building alongside foreshadowing for his multiple story-shattering plot twists, making this one hard to put down." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"Murray weaves an ambitious tale of paranoia, religious zealotry, and adventure. A strong sense of unexplored history combined with the dynamic characters and atmosphere offers potential for further exploration, and readers will enjoy Ellie’s struggle to protect her friends and home." — Publishers Weekly
"A psychologically intricate, steampunk-infused tale that will please adventure-lovers as well." — Horn Book Magazine