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Friday, December 22, 2017

REVIEW: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant @seananmcguire @miragrant @netgalley @orbitbooks

Into the Drowning Deep
by Mira Grant
Orbit Books


Holy Mermaids!  This is a fascinating tale about what lives deep down in the dark below of the ocean.  Mermaids are real, and they're killers.  I read the prequel, Rolling in the Deep, earlier this month - see my review HERE.

Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit Books for this copy. I LOVED IT.

New York Times bestselling author Mira Grant, author of the renowned Newsflesh series, returns with a novel that takes us to a new world of ancient mysteries and mythological dangers come to life.
Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a "mockumentary" bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.

But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

My Review:

“The trouble with discovery is that it goes two ways. For you to find something, that thing must also find you.”

I read the prequel to this book, Rolling in the Deep, earlier this month and I'm so glad that I did.  What a perfect set up to this book.  Now, you don't need to read it to enjoy this one, but it does help to put some things into perspective as they do reference it quite a bit.  This also works perfectly as a stand alone and I highly, HIGHLY recommend it.  I've never read a book like this and my science and biology loving ass absolutely was FASCINATED with each page.

Another crew goes back out into the sea in search of mermaids.  There's been footage from the first crew that proves mermaids are real.  But there were no survivors.  We have a sister of one of the deceased who believes in them - she's a sirenologist and knows some of the dangers.  She just wants some answers... and knows she'll probably die trying to get them.  The crew is on a new ship that supposedly will have all the defenses necessary functions to shut down and protect everyone of any impending danger.  Ha!  We all know these things never work out the way they're supposed to - especially when it comes to the unknown.  

What we get from this book is plausibility.  I love it when they bring in the science and biology and for something from the ocean - I mean, there are still thousands upon thousands of species out there that we know nothing about it.  Who is to say that what the possibilities entail!  Why COULDN'T this happen??  And to take something like mermaids, that people usually associate with beautiful women and change them into something more horrific.  Ahhhh!  The author doesn't get overly scientific, but where she goes makes sense.  At least it did to me.  

The characters introduced in this book engaged me.  Every single one of them.  Even the crazy hunter ones.  Bringing in such a diverse crew onto a ship, that while large can seem infinitely small, and then giving them egos on top of scientific curiosity?  Disaster!  And I loved every part of it.

I could go on and on and on and I'm sure I'm missing a lot of things that I wanted to touch on in this review.  Basically, I highly recommend this very unique read.  


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