UnLondon needs a hero, fast. Evil genius Smog, aka a huge chemical creation formed by London and the rest of the world's pollution, is trying to take over UnLondon, and the rest of the ab citites- Parisn't, Lost Angeles, Hong Gone, Helsunki, No York, Sans Franciso and Romeless. It's world that's quite similar, but quite Unlike our regular world. Milk cartons have a life of their own, and the Umbrellaisimo has dark secrets to hide with his army of broken brolls.
Our junk from this world seeps into the Odd then out the other side, into Unlondon and other abcities but this includes pollution.
So while our world is unknowingly feeding th Smog, unlondeners are fretting away about the prophecy: a hero is to come and save them, the Chosen One. Perhaps what they really need is an UnChosen One.
Zanna and Deeba stumble into the fantasmagorical world of Unlondon, get swept up in the city's ancient wars, and strive to find a way out again. One of them might return sooner than she thought...
This is China Meiville's first book for young readers, and is incredibly funny with original ideas (black windows of Webminster Abbey) right the way through. It gets a bit dragged out towards the end, but it's still incredibly enjoyable and recommend it for a great read! C: Also, after reading this we're pretty sure there has to be a sequel, so heads up.
link to the official website: http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/unlundun/index.html