Monday, 15 December 2014

Review: SeaRISE [SeanBEAN #3] by Sarah Holding


Title: SeaRISE
Author: Sarah Holding
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Series: SeaBEAN Trilogy #3
Source: Midas PR
Publisher: Medina Publishing Limited
Publication Date: 27th November 2014

Tell Me About It
In the thrilling final part of The SeaBEAN Trilogy, Alice and her five classmates are - for reasons they have yet to discover - abducted to 2118 in the C-Bean, their time-travel device, only to find the world is a difficult and alienating place.

How will they survive their terrifying ordeal? Who can help them figure out a way to get back to their own time? Will they escape before their captor Commander Hadron catches up with them? Who is he anyway and what's his connection to the mysterious Dr Foster?

Unsettled by the devastation they find everywhere in the future and armed with new knowledge about the C-Bean's ultimate purpose, Alice and Co scour the planet, confronting many challenges in pursuit of answers to their questions. But can they figure out a way to restore the Earth's delicate ecological balance for good?
My Thoughts
The first thing I want to say before I start this review, is that SeaRISE has the best cover out of the whole series, I love how murky it is, but how clearer it becomes with heat and shows all the fish in the water. I definitely had a lot of fun with this cover.
SeaRISE is the final book in the SeaBEAN series, and I managed to get through this series faster than expected. I love how the previous installments have all led up to the finale, how we see the whole 'cause and effect' thing in action. How one thing can affect the future.

SeaRISE sees Alice and her friends trapped in the future, a future that is bleak, and harsh. An environment that has flooded, that is unsafe, and really shows this group of children what the world will look like if they don't do something to stop it. I think that SeaRISE is the most powerful book out of them all, while we do see small changes from Alice's trips back in time, seeing how huge the damage is within SeaRISE is really eyeopening and scary. Knowing that even now things are happening to the environment, to the worlds climate, it really isn't hard to make the jump and imagine that this could be a future at some point in time.

SeaRISE was even more gripping than the previous books, knowing that the children could die in the future, or get sick from pollution, radiation, or numerous things, knowing they needed to find a way home made it that much more important that they survive somehow, that they find a way home for good. There were things that happened that shocked me with the revelation of some secrets, but I do like how it played out, and how it all came to an end.

Overall I have really enjoyed reading the SeaBEAN series, The author has done a great job to try and  teach children about the environment and how easily it can be destroyed, but also show how to care for it, and how to think about the effects their actions have. Children will also find it easy to relate to the characters as they will be similar ages to themselves, making it feel like less of a teaching method.

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