This is a climate change narrative told through the story of Lana and her aunt, Mae. Lana used to live in the village by the cove with her mom, Mae’s sister, and dad but after tragic events they’ve moved to the city. They return to the village to help Mae repair things after the town has been damaged in a storm. The village realizes that storms are coming more and more frequently and are stronger each time. It takes Lana and Mae, together, to realize that it’s the village’s pollution and overfishing that has damaged the reef which was keeping them safe from the storm. They get some help along the way from Aurore (sea queen? Sea CEO?) and the aqua corns as they work to rebalance their relationship with the ocean.
The story isn’t all that deep but the ideas are good and the artwork is wonderful. I didn’t feel like there was great character development but then again I think this book was aimed at children and how to teach kids about climate change and how human behavior has affected the relationship between humans and nature.
I came across this book because of a game my wife found. The game is a lot of fun and I can see how the book and game go together. The same artist seems to have worked on both and again done a great job.