Huge thanks to Bryony Pearce for coming to my rescue and picking this month’s song of the month. I always tell my students that dystopia is one of the biggest ongoing trends in young adult fiction, thought provoking and realistic dystopian takes a look at the problematic elements in today’s society – such as the depletion of natural resources. Dystopia stands out to teens because it is easy to picture the events that COULD happen while also providing possible solutions they may not have considered.
From the feedback I have received from my students there really is no stopping dystopia, even with those reluctant to read for pleasure can be enticed by something they can relate to ♥
One of the key messages of Phoenix Rising is environmental: mankind has used up the resources of our planet. When the fuel crisis occurs, bringing with it perhaps inevitable wars and recession, man, finding himself laden with unusable technology, simply tosses all of his rubbish into enormous islands of junk floating in the seas and oceans.
The eruption of Yellowstone brings tsunamis that break up the islands and the sea is polluted beyond redemption. Now it is simply ‘the salt’, poisoned with acidic currents, filled with floating junk and the promise of death to any who spend any time in the water.
This is the world into which Toby is born, a world that has been polluted and used up and which has only scraps left to offer the nations whose survivors can only fight for every advantage.
It seems as if every time I leave the house, I am picking my way over the rubbish that people think it is acceptable to toss over their shoulders. Our society is consumer driven and disposable. From unnecessary technology upgrades (our phones, our cars, our televisions, our computers) to wardrobes full of clothes we barely wear, to food we buy and never eat, it seemed a logical progression to have a world where man has used up almost everything and thrown the rest away.
Already we have seabirds drowning in oil, ocean-going mammals snared in plastic, distant colonies of birds that have never seen a human being covered in so much rubbish that they can barely nest in safety.
Phoneix Rising is a rollicking adventure. It has pirates, sea battles, explosions, It is Junk-Punk. But it also contains a serious environmental message that I would love readers to ponder next time they consider throwing something away.
And so the song that I have chosen is my favourite song about the environment, a comment on man’s consumerism, his drive to destroy nature and build on the green spaces.
It is Where Do the Children Play? By Cat Stevens.
ABOUT PHEONIX RISING
In a future world where fossil fuels have run out and democracy has collapsed, an outlawed pirate crew fight for survival on their ship, the Phoenix, kept afloat by whatever they can salvage or scavenge on the debris-filled seas. Toby has never known anything other than life onboard the Phoenix and he’s desperate for adventure. But when trouble comes hunting the Phoenix down, Toby realizes that what you wish for isn’t always what you want. He meets beautiful Ayla from the Banshee, a rival pirate ship and sworn enemy of the Phoenix, and his world is thrown into disorder. How can he know who to trust and what to believe? The future rests on him making an impossible choice…A gripping novel, perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer and Suzanne Collins.
ABOUT BRYONY PEARCE
Please check out the amazing Bio Bryony has on her website HERE