We are massive fans of Frances Hardinge, her books never disappoint. If you are looking for page-turning fantasy then fiction this good shouldn’t be only available to teens.
The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Now the gods are dead, but their remains are stirring beneath the waves . . . On the streets of the Island of Lady’s Crave live 14-year-old urchins Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell.
But there is something dangerous in the deep waters of the undersea, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. When the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .
Hardinge creates an entire world and furnishes it with wonders. Pure magic.
M.R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts
Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.