Outreach
Bringing the Ocean to Society
6 Oct 2020
Lorac, an adventure to save the ocean
Discover an inspiring book about how humankind affects the ocean.

Lorac is a book by Neus Figueras, an oceanographer, marine biologist, and writer from Barcelona. The story is centred on marine life and conveys conveying an inspiring message about how humankind has impacted the ocean, and what we need to do to reverse this.

Earth with all its life is our only home and livelihood, and we must protect it. But we need more than rationality to respond to this call because data, facts, and figures are highly informative but lack humanity. That’s where Lorac can make a difference. Stories add to our personal experiences and appeal to our empathy and self-reflection to humanize complex issues and make us care enough to take action. And the more we are moved by the story, the more memorable will be what we learn from it.

Target audience

Recommended for adults and teens 12+ as it deals with the value of family and friendship, death, growing up, and global Earth issues.

As far as the author knows, Lorac’s oldest readers are in their 70s, and the youngest reader is an 8-year-old who loves books ― she read Lorac in two days.

Synopsis

Lorac didn’t set out to be the voice of the ocean, but when the future is at stake, being a hero is the only choice.

The story begins with the traditional life of an indigenous community of sea nomads ― the ones who survived the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami because they knew how to read nature. Then follows to the underwater realm to show the secrets of the coral reefs, and finally, climate change and pollution come into play, sending the protagonist out into our world on a mission to restore the balance of nature.

Goal

The aim is to reach as many people as possible and to this end, the story has been made appealing and accessible. This is what readers say about Lorac:

“Wow!! It was a very different book with enthralling storyline and message. I really loved the way the author started the story and took it to another level by adding the modern-day twists. We can very well connect to the story and feel the need to protect our environment.”- Mahima Sharma

“A well-written story that makes you stop and think, what more can you do to help our oceans. This is the story of Lorac a man of the ocean, and how important they are to our lives. Once I started reading I was not putting the book down until I finished reading it.” - Barbara A. Watts

“I'm usually not into many of the sea-based books, but this one was able to keep my attention! The main character who feels that he's out-of-place and is often forced to adapt to very difficult situations keeps the story interesting. The book also ties into the importance of maintaining the environment while still maintaining the more story-like aspects of the book. Would definitely recommend this to someone looking to read something new and unique!” - Nic Rollins.

“Lorac is a fantastic book! It is so beautifully written and everyone should read it. The issues it touches on about our impact on the environment are so important to understand. It’s easy to tell how knowledgeable the author is on this topic. Lorac's character is easy to relate to and so inspiring. The book leaves off with such an empowering message.” - Kacie Larsen

“If any book could start a movement, this one might be it. The story starts out with some elements that made me think of Disney's wonderful film, Moana, but then evolves into something quite different. I really wasn't sure where it was headed and I was surprised several times. I think this could make a nice Pixar film.” - Scott Peters

Lorac is available in Spanish and English, and it is currently being translated into Portuguese.

The ebook can be downloaded directly at https://imwithlorac.com/ with an optional donation and it is also available at Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, Google Play, Scribd and SmashwordsThe paper book can be bought on Amazon.

All proceeds from sales and donations go towards spreading awareness of the book. For more details please contact the author, Neus Figueras.

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