A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: ‘What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.’ The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, ‘What is the tortoise standing on?’ ‘You’re very clever, young man, very clever,’ said the old lady. ‘But it turtles all the way down!’

― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

 

Drift by M. K. Hutchins

People used to believe that the earth needed something to rest upon. It was beyond comprehension that gravity might be enough to keep earth from drifting. That’s why there are so many myths explaining how the earth stayed in place. Sometimes the story involved a titan or a turtle or a pillar.

In this story, humanity survives on the backs of giant turtles that travel from reef to reef in an ocean full of monsters. Life on the turtle is hard, farming isn’t easy, and resources are limited. Tenjat dreams of one day becoming a “Handler”. He wants to be a warrior, he wants to protect the turtle from the monsters and save his sister from a life of poverty. But, getting trained as a Handler isn’t easy, it takes time and there’s no guarantee he’d survive the training even if he was accepted. Tenjat doesn’t have a back up plan, there’s no formal support system in place, and his world is constantly on the edge of collapse.

This book should be on every teen guy’s to read list.

Tired of reading mushy books about people that want to get married?Meet Tenjat, he considers “hub” an insult and marriage is the last thing he wants. He’s not oblivious to a pretty face, but this guy understands how important it is to protect the things he loves.

Looking for a new dystopia that doesn’t follow the trends? Welcome to this biological island. I promise you’ve never encountered anything quite like it.

Worried you might get bored? I doubt it, there are monsters, mysteries and more.

Seriously, this is a worthy read. Win!

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