‘I barely notice the cold as I hurry by pair after pair of marbled white feet. Each belongs to a stranger, but still a part of me feels like I know them. I guess I do. Their story is my story. The story of Movers.’
In a time when the sun no longer shines and kids go to school in skyscrapers, Shadows are illegal and Movers live in fear. Pat Mermick and his little sister Maggie are Movers; they were born with the ability to “move” a person—their Shadow—from the future to the present. In an already overpopulated world, Shadow immigration is punishable with a life sentence. Six years ago, the Bureau of Movement Activity Control locked Pat’s dad away for crimes he didn’t commit: Movement—and murder.
When a door to the future opens above The Romsey Institute for Learning, suspicion falls on Pat’s classmate Gabriella “Goomba” Vargas, a brilliant but unfortunate-looking girl—who couldn’t possibly be responsible. Determined to stop BMAC from Shelving another innocent person, Pat joins Gabby on the run, along with Maggie.
With his mom in BMAC custody, Pat’s only hope for help is a shady voice on the other end of the phone, an address for the seediest part of town, and a name. Out of options, this motley crew set out to find answers before BMAC, and one very dangerous Shadow, can catch up with them.
In a search that will lead to more, and bigger, questions, Pat learns that it’s always hardest to fight for what is right, and the immeasurable importance of family and friendship. Looper meets His Dark Materials in this breakneck action/adventure from rising star Meaghan McIsaac (The Boys of Fire and Ash, previously titled Urgle). MOVERS is the first instalment in a series for mature middle grade readers.