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Fire in the Sea (edição 2014)

por Myke Bartlett

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Sadie is sixteen and bored with life. It's summer, and lazing on the beach in the stifling heat with her cousins and Tom is a drag. Then something comes out of the sea. Sadie soon finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient conflict that is nearing its final battle, a showdown that threatens to engulf her city and all those she loves in a furious tsunami. A rollicking, fast-paced adventure with a feisty heroine,Fire in the Sea will appeal to fans of Garth Nix andDoctor Who. Great reading for ages fourteen and up. Myke Bartlett was born in Perth on Australia's remote western coast and spent his first twenty years trying to escape. Like every other young Australian, he fled to London and, like most of them, didn't stay. He currently lives in Melbourne and is working on a sequel toFire in the Sea. His website is mykebartlett.com.… (mais)
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This actually got better the more I read, but I thought that too much was packed in and there were too many plot lines unresolved. I enjoyed the characters and the action, particularly Sadie and Jake. But there were too many characters who were not given enough respect - Diane Mitchell for one. A promising first novel. ( )
  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |

Interview with Myke Bartlett: Part 1!

Oh! Just need to catch my breath. WOW. Btw, those are 10 stars, not five.

A book has to work very hard to counteract my ADHD. I know, I should make more of an effort to stop being a serial book-adulterer but that is...like asking me to stop breathing.

I stopped for this book.

What happened that a relatively unknown Melbourne-based Aussie writer of a young adult (it's suitable for upper middle grade, too) fantasy realism novel that's good enough to keep an (old) adult enthralled into the wee morning hours attracted my attention in the first place?

At the behest of every known person and what passes for their pet, I finally decided to broach the twitterverse. And amazingly enough, I like the chatty one-liners and the light-speed back-and-forth (yeah, you don't have to tell me, it's probably my ADHD!). Even more astonishing is the fact that people besides you-must-read-my-latest-incredible-outpouring-of-words-authors follow me.

Being a twitter neophyte also meant that I've learned some lessons the hard way. Such as if you follow someone it pays to at least check who they are first, because DUH! when you follow them back they can DM (I thought it was some new kind of kinky sex term at first - you know, shorthand for BDSM!) you with one of those you-must-read-me-NOW missives.

When Myke Bartlett followed me my first thought was 'Oh no, not again.' But being a stickler for my own rules, I read his tweet tagline and bingo. The man won THE TEXT PRIZE last year. In case that has no significance for you it is a MAJOR Australian publishing prize open to any Aussie/NZ resident, any age, published or unpublished, with a Children's or Young Adult manuscript.

Fast as a tweet I was on his webpage and looking up his book. And the man is a tease, I tell you. A total tease!

Three figures shot up from the harbour depths. They rose ten metres in the air, trailing saltwater, and then dropped onto the wharf. Their hair was knotted and foul and their faces warped and discoloured. They wore tight-fitting, tarnished armour: chain-mail vests stained with verdigris and heavy bracelets on bony wrists. Helmets masked their eyes and exaggerated their brows into curled horns. One carried a double-bladed axe, one had a sword strung from his rotting leather belt, and the last gripped a trident.

That was it. THAT WAS GODDAMN IT. And he used the word verdigris. Swoon.

Now let's just stop here for a minute and read that paragraph again. What a picture. What a pace. What lean-and-hungry prose.

That is why I DMed him (not the other way round) begging for a review copy. His publishers kindly obliged and within half an hour of never having heard of Mr Bartlett and his book, I was glued to my laptop and nothing short of nuclear war would have stopped me from reading.

The comparison of Sadie, the lead heroine, to that other famously-wooden-I-will-be-the-last-fashionably-dressed-mancontestant-standing aren't justified (and yes, Victorian State Library's blog says [b:Fire in the Sea|15713714|Fire in the Sea|Myke Bartlett|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1340168457s/15713714.jpg|21382112] is what would happen if Suzanne Collins and John Marsden co-wrote a fantasy novel) because Myke Bartlett just does it better.

Sadie is you or me, or your next-door-neighbour's daughter, who's lost her parents in a car crash and is living with her averagely nice grandparents, just trying to be a not-too-typical-and-not-too-different teenager in Perth. All Sadie really wants is to escape the need to 'soldier on', to leave Perth's middle-class suburbia behind her, and find a life somewhere else, much to the dismay of her best friend Tom, who's just at that awkward age where he wants Sadie to be more than best friend, but has no real clue as to how to change the status quo.

Enter old man Jacob who dies and leaves Sadie his house with the proviso she live in it for a year and guard its contents. Before she has a chance to commit, someone's already broken into the house, claiming to be the old man returned.

Now if that happened to you or me, what would you do? Yup, that's right. Roll your eyes and look at hot, young Jake and say "You're like, seriously hallucinating, dude." Which naturally Sadie does.

But then Jacob/Jake's lawyer is murdered right in front of Sadie's eyes, and she can't keep ignoring what's going on. Tom is gored by a wild bull - except it's the Minotaur made into somebody's pet. And that somebody has some very nasty plans for Jake, and now Sadie and Tom.

If I go on any further, I'm going to be entering spoiler territory and this book is SOOOOO GOOD I'm going to stop right here.

If you love nicely drawn characters and finely hewn prose, if you like twisty turns of plot and beautifully rendered depictions of setting, read this book. NOW. YESTERDAY!

Disclaimer - I approached the author for a review copy, kindly provided by the publishing house Text Publishing. I received no remuneration or payment in kind for this review. And even if I had, I wouldn't stop telling you to READ THIS BOOK. ( )
  Scribble.Orca | Mar 31, 2013 |
A fast paced Australian debut, Fire in the Sea is an enjoyable read that I was able to finish quickly, but it left me a little disappointed and I hope there is more coming! Set in Perth and centred around the water, this book deals with Atlantis and the Minotaur – two of my favourite aspects of history and mythology. I’ve actually studied the Atlantis mythology on great detail, but I loved the unique spin Bartlett puts on it.

The protagonist, Sadie, grabbed my attention from the very first page. There’s something fragile about her – she always seems to be one comment away from breaking down, many years after the death of her parents. Sadie’s grief over the death of her parents permeates all the relationships she has – from her cousins to her best friend Tom. I didn’t like the way Sadie treats him – it’s a negative, abusive relationship where Tom takes all the harsh comments and snark in stride, and never stands up for himself, which I was disappointed in. Though Tom’s strength is entirely different from Sadie’s, I think they are both awesome individuals.

Sadie lives with her grandparents, and both of them are caring people who I loved from the moment I met them. Unlike the situation in many other YA novels, this book doesn’t have any uncaring or neglectful authority figures – everyone around Sadie loves her and only wants what’s best for her.

Fire in the Sea offers a whirlwind adventure with an Australian twist, with plenty of action and mystery thrown in to keep readers engaged. A fresh twist in the usual sea-themed myths, this book focusses on the destruction of a city a long time ago, and the revenge a Priestess wishes to extract on the Guardians who brought it about. Sadie meets Jake, a Guardian and the leader of a Guardian crew, charged with protecting the world from the wrath of the Priestess. I really enjoyed the lead up to the final show down between the two groups, but was disappointed in how it played out in the end.

I felt disconnected from the action and couldn’t really summon up the sympathy I knew I was meant to. A part of this has to do with my view that Sadie was incredibly selfish in wanting Jake to save her friends, her family and her city, risking the fate of the entire world. I understand what she wanted, and why, and I empathise with her. I just feel that Jake made all the sacrifices in their dynamic and in the end Sadie was left pretty much unchanged and unharmed. There are also lots of questions that are brought up in the book but go unanswered – I hope that these are addressed in the sequel.

Myke Bartlett is an author to watch – Fire in the Sea is an impressive debut and I’m looking forward to seeing his writing evolve in the future. Fans of Australian literature, especially Australian Fantasy, will enjoy this book a lot, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fresh, quick YA read.

You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic. ( )
  alcarinqa | Sep 4, 2012 |
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Sadie is sixteen and bored with life. It's summer, and lazing on the beach in the stifling heat with her cousins and Tom is a drag. Then something comes out of the sea. Sadie soon finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient conflict that is nearing its final battle, a showdown that threatens to engulf her city and all those she loves in a furious tsunami. A rollicking, fast-paced adventure with a feisty heroine,Fire in the Sea will appeal to fans of Garth Nix andDoctor Who. Great reading for ages fourteen and up. Myke Bartlett was born in Perth on Australia's remote western coast and spent his first twenty years trying to escape. Like every other young Australian, he fled to London and, like most of them, didn't stay. He currently lives in Melbourne and is working on a sequel toFire in the Sea. His website is mykebartlett.com.

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