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Most of the US has been destroyed by plague and survivors have formed colonies on the barrier islands of the east coast. In one group everyone has the ability to control wind, water, earth or fire. Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an element, he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe. After a storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians and claim the island. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the pirates, Thomas and his friends must battle to survive.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780142425169
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 326 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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Apr 19, 2017

The story & characters are engaging, but I agree with other comments that it was bogged down. It could've been better.

Apr 17, 2017

It was too confusing to be good, and there it was trying to be too many things at once: dystopia, romance (which go together just fine I guess), magic (there's a contrast), and also, why did he even need the elemental powers? they were just too weak and he focused more on the non-elemental powers anyway, like his seer brother and him causing pain, and (one of his one too many) love interest's enhanced sight and hearing. There was also the deal with his grandma. Its too confusing. I only got it because the title "elemental" reminds me of Avatar The Last Airbender.

Apr 10, 2013

hi everyone, it was ok, but confusing and i didnt very much like the writing style. i wouldnt reccomend it, but what i would reccomend is going outside at night cupping your hands around your mouth and screaming out "MANGOS, FOR THE CHILDREN!" then promptly burning down your house and singing jingle bells as you gleefully watch while standing on your fool head.

Dec 12, 2012

Er, the author is not Anthony John. His name is Antony John. No "h". You can even see it on the cover of the book...


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May 20, 2015

Thomas, a sixteen-year old living on Hatteras island in the near future, is said to have no element. He is said to not be special at all. After a hurricane, though, pirates kidnap the guardians, the adults of his village. While trying to stop them, many secrets are uncovered, and everyone starts questioning the honesty of their community.


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