The Blackfish Prophecy (Terra Incognita and the Great Transition #1) (Paperback)
Reviewed by Leyna V:
Terra and Tulik are best friends whose parents are both marine biologists working at ExplOrca, a company studying a pod of wild orcas in Orcas islands, they have named the J - Pod. A whale is born in J - Pod on the same day as Tulik\Shantu, a whale who live in OceanLand, a marine amusement park, kills his trainer. Tiluk/Shantu is a whale that was captured from J - Pod many years ago. Across the country in Florida, Miles, a boy in need of a friend after his parents divorce, contacts ExplOrca after seeing Tulik/Shantu kill his trainer. Miles and Terra start communicating back and forth until they hatch a plan to help the orcas. They then work together to free Shamu/Tulik and all other captured whales.
Rachel Clark creates a satisfying, sad, and hopeful tale and I’m sure this book will join the fight against climate change and animal extinction. It also incorporates the many wrongs with keeping marine mammals in captivity. This book beautifully creates an equal mix between science, hope, and spirituality. Rachel Clark also tells this story wonderfully in the view of a teenager so that kids, teenagers and adults who are interested in wildlife and orcas can enjoy and dive deep into this book.
— From Palouse Prairie Student Book Reviews
Best friends Terra and Tiluk live alongside the wild orcas of Washington State. On the other side of the continent, Miles wallows in anger and self-pity fueled by his parents' divorce. In a moment of harrowing fate, their lives converge when Miles witnesses a captive orca brutally kill his trainer at a marine amusement park.
When Miles contacts Terra and her family of whale biologists to better understand the "killer" whale, the three teens soon realize they are more linked to each other - and the whales - than they ever imagined. Driven by a primal urge to connect with the highly-evolved consciousness of the orca, the teens take extraordinary risks to challenge big business and renew lost traditions.
Their journey is set to restore an ancient mystical bond between humans and whales that ultimately reveals The Blackfish Prophecy...a revelation about Terra - and those like her - that's about to change everything.