Twelve-year-old Tom has grown up in a world where science has created a chaotic and destructive weather system leaving acid rain and constant cloud. When a mysterious ‘changer’ turns up from the past in a barn on his family’s farming commune he is led on an adventure that could change the fate of the world’s climate.
The story is an engaging one, especially because the world that Tom lives in is imaginative and involving. The characters from the outset are likable and believable, although I did struggle with the speaking dog. The prose could quite easily have been hard to understand because of the very different environment in which Tom lives, but the author manages to keep the writing light and interesting and not too science jargon-heavy. The dialogue and descriptions are well written, and the story is certainly intriguing enough to want to continue reading the rest of the trilogy.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

+ Why you’ll like it…
A fascinating story and likable characters, combined with really engaging ideas about science.
– Why you won’t…
Sometimes the pace is a little slow.