Birdgenaw combines riveting adventure and masterful world-building in his debut, the first book in The Antunite Chronicles. When a sudden apocalyptic event transports Antuna, a tiny ant, and a few other species of insects to a far-off planet, survival becomes a priority. There is only one way that the survivors can stay alive: Make a team and work together to find food and shelter. In the face of distrust for other species, it’s up to Antuna to bring everyone together and begin the work. Birdgenaw crafts an elaborate apocalyptic tale from a deceptively simple plot. Antuna is a spirited, intelligent, and driven ant whose passion for hard work and helping others makes her a worthy protagonist. Supporting characters are fascinating—beautifully drawn and compelling as they endure loss and pain, hard work and success, bravery and triumph, and terror. Their hard-won victory towards the middle is clearly only a brief respite before they must unite against their formidable enemies. The pacing is measured, the storyline intriguing, and the desolate Poo-ponic provides the perfect backdrop for an apocalyptic setting. This charming, engrossing tale set in a vividly realized apocalyptic world is a thorough page-turner and will appeal to fans of finely constructed SF stories.
Categories: middle grade