This is book one of the Skye Van Bloem trilogy.
Polar ice caps are melting. Whole ecosystems are being destroyed. Wildlife is being carelessly slaughtered. Eighteen-year-old Skye Van Bloem didn’t create the environmental crisis facing our planet, but she’s angry about it. What upsets her the most is that with the exception of her two best friends hardly anyone else on Earth seems to care.
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Author(s): Publisher: Flying Kea Press
The natural world is dying, and the animals of Earth know who to blame. Humans.
Eighteen-year-old Skye Van Bloem agrees, but she feels helpless to stop the biodiversity loss.
Then, an alien known as a Beholder tells her the animals are deciding on the fate of humanity and that she is the only one who can persuade them to vote against the release of a lethal virus. He gifts her with the ability to understand them.
Embarking on a journey across three continents with her two best friends, Skye discovers nothing is as it seemed—including what she thought she knew about herself. Can she convince the animals that humans can change and protect the planet when she doesn’t believe it herself?
There’s another problem. Skye suspects her Beholder guide is in love with her. She doesn’t know about the secret he’s hiding.
Who is she really?
Countdown was named to the 2019 Green Earth Book Award Long List. The author donates royalties to environmental nonprofits.