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14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot.
"The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a bygone era — because the Colony is ruled by a merciless overclass, the Styx. Will must free his father — is he also about to ignite a revolution?
Tinged with a touch of horror, and in the tradition of such sci-fi classics as Journey to the Center of the Earth, this suspenseful debut — the first in a series — will have a whole new generation of readers digging holes in their backyards!
* "…compelling doorstopper debut in a new series... The authors add distinctive, vivid touches…" —Booklist, starred review
"… exciting." — Kirkus Reviews
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- Interest Level
- Grades 6 - 8
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- Book Type
- Chapter Book
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- Adventure, Dictionaries, Reference, Series, Science Fiction and Fantasy