Adventure, action, and friendship abound in "Kea, The Third Way," the upcoming novel for 9 to 13 years old children from Alki Nea, but this gripping fantasy is only the tip of a melting iceberg. Underneath, the reader is immersed in the environmental crisis threatening our planet.
"I wanted this novel to be at the same time a great entertainment, and an eye opener, a wake-up call on the Sixth Extinction," explains author Alki Nea. "Adding a brick in our toilet tanks will not be enough to save the planet. We need more profound changes."
The first step is to raise awareness. Leo and Kea, the two young heroes of the novel, are thrown into a fast paced adventure that brings them into endangered environments like the Amazon rain forests and our oceans, where they witness many environmental issues. Their quest leads them far from their home, into a fantastic world. Only then, they realize that our planet, the Earth, is threatened by a massive life extinction similar to the one that wiped out all dinosaurs, 65 million years ago: the Holocene extinction. Only this time, it is us, humans, who are endangering the delicate balance of nature.
During the course of the story, the young readers are also plunged into simulated virtual worlds, allowing them to experience what could become the planet when they will be adults.
Although this novel addresses important issues, it is not a grim story, but a fairy tale lined with hope and optimism.
"Kea, The Third Way" is scheduled for release on May 12, 2012