16 year old Col Popentine knows his future. He’ll succeed his grandfather as the Supreme Commander of the Juggernaut, Worldshaker. He will be the elite of the elite on the ship that measures over 2 miles long, ¾ mile wide and 53 decks high. His future is assured until the night that the Filthy girl, Riff, sneaks into his room. Frightened by her appearance for Filthies can’t think for themselves, can’t reason, can’t learn, are just like animals, Col is astonished to find that she can speak. What else has he been told that is not true? When his classmates drop him through an open food hatch to the bottom decks, Col must run for his life. He’s pursued by the Filthies, dashing between red hot machinery, rotating spindles, pounding pistons, knowing that a single misstep will cause his instant death. His only chance is Riff. 388 pages.
Recommended by: Anne Oelke, Library Media Specialist at Cambria-Friesland and Randolph School Districts, Wisconsin