From the bestselling author of PERCY JACKSON, Rick Riordan.
Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, renowned for producing the best marine scientists, naval warriors and underwater explorers in the world.
But, unlike the other students, the water is personal for Ana. After losing both of her parents on a scientific expedition, her older brother Dev is now the only family she has.
Ready to prove herself, Ana and her class are off to a top-secret weekend trial at sea.
But, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives forever.
Rick Riordan's trademark humour, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure.
In this contemporary reimagining of Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island, Riordan (the Percy Jackson series) merges foundational science fiction adventures with a modern sensibility and a variously inclusive cast from across the globe, injecting the adventure with action and generation-spanning intrigue. Ana Dakkar, 14 and of Bundeli Indian ancestry, is excited to undergo the freshman end-of-year trials that will determine her future at the prestigious Harding-Pencroft Academy, which provides a world-class education in all things marine and aquatic. No sooner has her class departed for the event, though, when the academy is attacked and destroyed by the rivaling Land Institute, forcing Ana and her classmates, the only survivors, to seek refuge in a hidden island outpost. Along the way, Ana discovers that she is descended from the infamous Captain Nemo as well as heir to his trove of futuristic technology and legendary submarine, the Nautilus. When the Land Institute seeks to usurp the technology for its own selfish ends, Ana and her classmates must harness Nemo's legacy to defend themselves. But her parents died years ago while unlocking the Nautilus's secrets how can she succeed where they failed? Simultaneously retro and futuristic, this entertaining standalone starts with a bang and doesn't let up. Ages 10 14. Agent: Nancy Gallt, Gallt & Zacker Literary.