Author: Emily Diamand
Released: December 2009 by Scholastic Inc.
Copy provided by: Publisher
Summary from GoodReads:
It’s the 22nd century and, because of climate change, much of England is underwater. Poor Lilly is out fishing with her trusty sea-cat when greedy raiders pillage the town–and kidnap the prime minister’s daughter. Her village blamed, Lilly decides to find the girl. Off she sails, in secret. And with a ransom: a mysterious talking jewel. “If I save his daughter,” Lilly reasons, “the prime minister’s sure to reward me.” Little does Lilly know that it will take more than grit to outwit the tricky, treacherous piratical tribes!
Raiders’ Ransom takes place in a world that reverts back to a pre-Industrial Revolution way of life due to the Collapse. This catastrophic event has caused much of England to be underwater, Scotland is now a great power, and to top it all off… there are pirates!
The story centers around Lilly and her very adorable seacat, Cat. Upon her village being attacked by raiders (pirates), she discovers that her life as been turned upside down with the people in her village now believed to be traitorous due to the prime minister’s daughter being kidnapped. In order to right the wrong brought upon her and her friends, she set out on a great adventure to rescue the girl.
Told in alternating points of view, Raiders’ Ransom is a really fun read. While it took me a while to get the hang of the point of view changes (the chapter pictures represent each character), I really enjoyed learning more about Lilly (aka Lilo) and Zeph. They are a nice foil to each other, and ultimately want only what is best for their respective side. In addition, the characters are very well developed with both acting and sounding realistic which gives the novel an added bonus in my opinion. With amazing characters and a unique premise, this novel is amazing adventure that will thrill and excite young and old readers alike. A fantastic read.