|Yound adult book with telepathic dolphins
||[Oct. 26th, 2009|10:55 am]
I've been looking for this book for ages. It's a young adult/kids novel. The main character is a girl, whose parents were exiled from her island home when she was much younger. She has been raised by the local mayor type, who is also the spiritual leader of the community. They live on an island as I said, but this island is built on floating plants. Whe kids reach a certain age, they are tested, and if they pass, they get a telepathic dolphin thing, which has a sticky patch on it's fin for them to hold onto. The go with these dolphin things under the island, and harvest the fruits of the plants down there. They are also sent out to other islands to harvest more. The girl slowly discovers that her telepathic abilities are not as limited as that of others. She can talk to more than one dolphin thing at once, including wild ones. She can see through their eyes, and using them, she can talk to other kids. Theres a boy she makes friends with, and they explore their powers together, although she is both more powerful, and more adventurous than he is. |
When they return to her home, she goes to the guy who raised her, and asks about what she has learned. He freaks out, tells her never to do it again, and we learn that this sort of experimentation is why her parents got exiled. Of course, she can't obey the order, and gets exiled as well, along with her boy. They go south, and end up finding real islands (not floating ones) where her parents, and other exiled people are living, free of tyranny, but also without their dolphin things, as the critters don't like the southern islands.
After that it gets a bit fuzzy. I think they might go back to their home and try to overthrow the government, or maybe they talk about it, but that's in a sequel, I don't remember.