Gail Carriger describes The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klun as a breakout contemporary fantasy that’s “1984 meets the Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Dougas Adams thrown in,” and we wholeheartedly agree. Although I also couldn't help but imagine Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.
Our main character, Linus, leads a quiet solitary life in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. He maintains a strict routine. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. After years of following the rules and regulations to the letter, Extremely Upper Management orders him to the highly classified Island of Marsyas to evaluate the living arrangements of six of the most “dangerous” children: a female gnome, a wood sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the most adorable Antichrist you’ve ever met.
After spending month getting to know the children and their caretaker, Linus learns not to judge a magical creature by its appearance or abilities, that what makes us different is also what makes us strong, and that a home is made up of more than just walls and roof. With his evaluation coming to an end, will Linus choose to destroy a home or defy his precious rules and regulations?
We will be meeting in The Whisper Room to discuss The House in the Cerulean Sea on Saturday July 31 at 11:30. Readers may like to be warned that this book includes off-page domestic abuse and family separation.
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