"Like most Topsiders, she stood too close. I could feel her sucking up the oxygen around me and it was making me lightheaded. I edged back." pg8
Progress report #3: Theme by Ian Branstetter
Theme Development #2
"Afraid I'll tell these good folk about how you tested your theories on a bunch of kids?" pg257
Accepting diversity is a main theme shown in the novel. It shows the importance accepting others, even if they are different.
Theme Development #3
"Folks are scared to settle down here because they think their kids will turn into mutants" pg23
When Ty meets Gemma, they both make fun of each other for their different lifestyles. Ty lives underwater and Gemma lives on the surface. They learn to overcome their differences, and become friends.
"There's nothing wrong with me. I'm like any other kid except I have this gift."pg263
Ty was born underwater, so he has a Dark Gift. All the children have these, but keep them secret. Doc fears the change in children and claim the water pressure messes up their brain. He experiments on the kids out of fear.
The above water people fear the change in the kids. This makes them not want to move underwater. The public will not colonise underwater, due to fear of diversity.
The theme of the book is concluded with the kids accepting who they are and showing the gifts they have to the public. Doc is killed, due to his illegal experiment on children. The water colonies become independent, from the mainland.