Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep

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. So...

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Into the Drowning Deep Reviews

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!

    i read

    a couple of years back, when it was presented as a one-off novella, and it blew my mind. it was all the things i loved about mira grant's writing from her newsflesh and parasitology series in style and atmosphere, but it also featu

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!

    i read

    a couple of years back, when it was presented as a one-off novella, and it blew my mind. it was all the things i loved about mira grant's writing from her newsflesh and parasitology series in style and atmosphere, but it also featured killer mermaids, which everyone knows is a surefire way to make a book more awesome.

    moby dick with killer mermaids? SO MUCH BETTER

    when i heard she was planning to return to these creatures with a full-length novel, i was overjoyed. and it totally delivers - it's everything that was fresh and original about the novella, only on a much grander scale. <——- that is not a fish pun. unless you like that sort of thing. it’s just …

    across the board. this book is about three times the size of the novella, the

    in this book is much larger than the novella’s

    (b/c jaws meme is troof), and it is carrying twice as many passengers as the mere 200 lost in that first mermaid-finding mission. and the boat itself, well, as the beleaguered captain phrases it:

    what could go wrong on such a vessel??

    one of the things i praised over in my review for

    was the number of different scientific disciplines featured in that story, and how grant spent time expounding the slant of each scientist's contribution to the enterprise in tasty little science nuggets. here, there’s even more of that; a noah’s ark of any and all possibly relevant hard and social scientists, plus big game hunters and media types. add to this mira grant’s “representation bingo" approach to featuring diverse characters, and you have a broad variety of

    mermaid food.

    because mermaids don't care about your educational background or if you're deaf or bisexual or japanese-australian or in chronic pain or are a dolphin.

    there's just something about her writing i find comforting, despite the guarantee that at least one character i like will not live through any given story. the fact that i can count on someone i like being killed off is an ironic testament to the dependability of her work, with its checklist of constants that doesn't feel like her revisiting the well, but more like how your best friend knows what will make you laugh.

    i love that each section of her books opens with her signature two-pages of character quotes, usually “excerpted” from interviews or lectures or books/research they’ve written, where terrifying facts are delivered in very dry tones:

    i love that we can always count on at least one character to carry on the angry righteous tradition of newsflesh’s georgia mason:

    i love the resigned fatalism:

    and i love that she always manages to carry a torch of humor through all the monster-filled gloom. there are plenty of funny moments here, most notably a perfectly-timed deadpan delivery of a t.s. eliot quote that was so unexpected, i literally barked with laughter.

    tl;dr - it’s perfect mira grant - smart and funny and scary and dangerous and surprising. watch your butts.

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    spoiler alert - this book is awesome.

    review to come.

    wait, did this

    say #1 in the title? the prospect of getting to read even more mira grant-penned killer mermaid novels makes me giddy.

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    oh my god, i am so freaking happy right now. this book is my reward for another crummy week.

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    ohhh, a COVER! this makes me want it even MORE!

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    It has been FIVE MONTHS and I still have not stopped thinking about how great this book was and how much I love it and how much I want to reread it every day of my life, and someday soon I'm going to make all of you read it with me and then we'll REALLY be nailing it

    is all the best of the horror genre -

    and

    It has been FIVE MONTHS and I still have not stopped thinking about how great this book was and how much I love it and how much I want to reread it every day of my life, and someday soon I'm going to make all of you read it with me and then we'll REALLY be nailing it

    is all the best of the horror genre -

    and

    I had this book marketed to me as

    , and I’d definitely call that accurate.

    Perhaps the biggest strength of this book is

    I’ve seen one or two reviewers complain about the slow pace or about nothing happening until the end, but to be honest, I found this book

    Between flashbacks and ominous quotes and the tone, there's sense of terror pervading

    from page one. You

    something is going to happen. You just don’t know exactly what.

    And then you wish you didn’t know.

    The plot feels all the more compelling due to our attachment to the cast of characters. With so many interesting leads and so much

    , I found it hard to even pick a favorite. My original draft of this review had "icon" written next to literally four different characters.

    🍁Tory Stewart, sister of one of the dead and an icon for bi scientists everywhere

    🍃Luis Martines, her nerdy, rich, and freaking adorable assistant

    🍁Jillian Toth, our resident badass half-Hawaiian scientist, post production problem child, and overall icon

    🍃Theo Blackwell, Jillian’s physically disabled and tiniest-bit-morally-grey ex-husband

    🍁Olivia, the autistic lesbian camera operator and maybe my favorite character

    🍃Ray Marino, Olivia's assistant and camera operator

    🍁The Wilson sisters, including older sister Hallie, the freaking awesome sign language translator and possible mermaid contactor, and deaf twins Holly and Heather, a data analyzer and an underwater explorer

    🍃Jacques and Michi Abney, a possibly-murderous hunter power couple

    And speaking of character casts, if you’re looking at this list, you’ve probably noticed:

    I’m really shocked more people aren’t flocking towards authors like Grant / McGuire for diverse rep; she strikes a great balance between

    and

    Their marginalization is a part of their character arcs, but

    doesn’t form their entire characters. Which hi, hello, is that not the perfect balance?

    And while this book is

    , the one major romance plot is

    That meet cute where Olivia is like "hi can i interview you for a-" and Tory cuts in and just says "no"? I C O N I C. If anyone’s participating in December’s

    , definitely add this to your list.

    With an exploration of reality shows, environmentalism, generational conflict, and around twenty different social issues, this book feels

    . And it's also a

    . It's as if Mira Grant woke up one morning thinking to herself “what does this random blogger named Elise on goodreads want to read?” and then wrote that exact thing.

    My one possible quibble would be

    . While Grant offers a conclusion for our characters, and even a few reveals as to what exactly is going on, not everything is so tight - a lot of loose ends as to the science are left behind, and the ending to all the action is a bit... abrupt, and all of this means

    Which is the littlest bit terrifying.

    The only final thing to mention is... Olivia. Olivia is autistic and so incredibly well written, and I really think reading her character was a lot for me, and maybe, after two rereads, I'm thinking a lot about how much I connected to her, and how that felt in terms of my personal identity. So. Yeah. This book meant a lot to me.

    And I want to end this with some words

    , because they're perfect:

    And especially considering

    , I AM VERY VERY DOWN FOR THE SEQUEL. Im. Med. I. At. Ely.

    VERDICT: I mean, if constant terror, a huge diverse character cast, sapphic girls, killer mermaids, and some environmentalism thrown in doesn’t sound amazing to you, then you probably shouldn’t even be following my reviews.

    is one of my faves of the year and I’m considering raising my rating to a five every second I spend typing this.

    Give this a try. I'm begging.

    [also can I just. say that I love this book so much I would fucking die for it. and I buddy-reread this with

    !]

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  • Chelsea Humphrey

    AAHHH! How can I write a review to do this book justice? I don't think I can convey just how glorious of a storyteller Mira Grant (AKA

    ) is. The way I feel about her writing is similar to how diehard

    fans feel about his work; she could publish her grocery list and I would pay top dollar for it. Grant/McGuire is by far one of the most underrated authors of our time and I want to shout from t

    AAHHH! How can I write a review to do this book justice? I don't think I can convey just how glorious of a storyteller Mira Grant (AKA

    ) is. The way I feel about her writing is similar to how diehard

    fans feel about his work; she could publish her grocery list and I would pay top dollar for it. Grant/McGuire is by far one of the most underrated authors of our time and I want to shout from the rooftops just how amazing she is.

    If you haven't read the prequel novella

    yet, no worries. It's 100% not imperative that you do so before reading this one, as there is ample back story and filling in on what happened to the

    prior to the events of this novel. Personally, I enjoyed reading the prequel first, as I wanted to experience the events as they happened instead of it being relayed to me "second-hand" if that makes sense. Whatever way you choose, you will not be lost, left behind, or confused if you decide to jump in right here. The story is still excellent and will hopefully blow you away as it did me when I devoured it.

    Obviously we know going in that this book is about a

    group of scientists and specialists heading on an expedition to prove/disprove the theory of mermaids being the real deal. Unfortunately (again), these folks are taken by surprise by the monsters that they find. I don't want to give anything away, but here we have the same intricate details from Grant. Her writing is the very definition of "science fiction", as her fiction has so many scientific "facts" to enhance the credibility of the story I almost forget this is fiction and not a documentary on the Discovery Channel. There were a few really nice twists and turns that caught me off guard, and one major turning point of the story blew my mind so wonderfully that I'm still thinking about it as I type this. While we receive enough closure in the end, I felt the finale was left open enough for another entry if she so chooses to write it, which pleases me greatly.

    Highly recommended for fans of fantasy, science fiction, and just plain weird and dark takes on classic stories.

  • Joe Valdez

    My introduction to the fiction of Seanan McGuire--who publishes science fiction thrillers as "Mira Grant"--is

    and this is a relentlessly exciting nautical ride that learns from the best and worst the genre has to offer, as if McGuire flipped between TNT, Discovery Channel and SyFy Network and taking notes for a month, designed the best mermaid attack novel of all time. Her take is an R-rated one with credible science, gutsy female characters, gore, sharp dialogue and some

    My introduction to the fiction of Seanan McGuire--who publishes science fiction thrillers as "Mira Grant"--is

    and this is a relentlessly exciting nautical ride that learns from the best and worst the genre has to offer, as if McGuire flipped between TNT, Discovery Channel and SyFy Network and taking notes for a month, designed the best mermaid attack novel of all time. Her take is an R-rated one with credible science, gutsy female characters, gore, sharp dialogue and some wit. Always in the market for all of the above, customer satisfaction went through the roof for me.

    The story begins in 2015 with Victoria "Tory" Stewart saying goodbye to her sister Anne, an on-camera correspondent setting sail on the SS

    to the Mariana Trench, where the all-schlock Imagine Entertainment Network is searching for mermaids. Anne tells her sister, entering UC Santa Cruz in the fall to study marine biology, that nobody expects to find a mermaid, but she hopes the program will be good exposure. Contact with

    is lost for six weeks before the U.S. Navy discovers it adrift. Leaked video footage appears to show the crew being torn apart by creatures with human torsos, eel-like tails and needle teeth. The bodies of the crew are never recovered.

    In 2022, marine biologist Tory Stewart works in Monterey on whale-watching tours while writing her dissertation. Global climate change has altered the migration patterns of large sea mammals, among other things. The Imagine Network has been acquitted of wrongful death of the

    crew, while the court of public opinion concludes that the leaked footage was a hoax. Tory and her lab partner Luis Martines study deepwater sonar scans of the Mariana Trench to hunt for acoustic anomalies. Meanwhile, biologist Dr. Jillian Toth, whose research in “sirentology” was used to justify the

    expedition, takes to the lecture circuit to warn that mermaids exist. She's visited by her ex-husband Theodore Blackwell, the #2 executive of the Imagine Network, who's launching an expedition to the Mariana Trench.

    Atargatis,

    Melusine,

    Melusine.

    While Dr. Toth is haunted by survivor's guilt and Mr. Blackwell is plagued by chronic nerve pain that medical innovation can only partially treat, Tory also joins the expedition with baggage, seeking closure in the death of her sister. Her acoustic research with Luis, which Blackwell reveals has been clandestinely funded by Imagine all along, has picked up the sound of the

    engines deep in the Mariana Trench, as if something down there is mimicking the sound of the fated vessel seven years after it was attacked. Tory and Luis arrive in San Diego to set sail on the

    , a floating science city of four hundred that has its share of characters:

    -- Olivia Sanderson, the new face of Imagine Network. Tech geek plagued by social anxiety and self-image issues, she inexplicably crushes on Tory, the last crew member who wants to get to know her. Speaks Klingon and Quenya (Elvish from Tolkien).

    -- Ray Marino, Olivia's loyal cameraman, a former MMA-fighter with knees surgically repaired by medical innovation. A big guy who helps Olivia from feeling overwhelmed in crowds.

    -- Jacques and Michi Abney. Big game hunters. Husband-wife. He is French-Canadian, she is Japanese-Australian. Want the first verified kill of a mermaid. Shunned by the scientists, initially.

    -- Jason Rothman. Plankton expert. Tory's ex-boyfriend. Identified by Olivia as a "science hipster" who ridiculed mermaids until they were proven to exist and saw a career opportunity.

    -- Hallie Wilson. Acoustician and sign language expert. She also serves as ASL translator for ...

    -- Holly and Heather Wilson. Deaf twins, Hallie's youngster sisters, redheads. Holly is an organic chemist. Heather is a submersible operator whose dream is to personally explore the Challenger Deep.

    -- Dr. Daniel Lennox. Cetologist. Heavily tattooed, looks like a nightclub bouncer. Ultimately aligns with Mr. Blackwell and Hallie Wilson in a secret think tank to communicate with a captive.

    -- Twitter, Cecil and Kearney. Dolphins who Mr. Blackwell has promised freedom in exchange for their work as scouts. Unknown to humans, dolphins have known for centuries what lurks in the Mariana Trench.

    -- Gregory Richardson and Daryl Cliff. Electrical engineers. Busy trying to repair the numerous glitches the

    set sail with, like security shutters that won't shut. Daryl is upset about something and goes to tell the captain about it.

    charge

    mermaid

    we're

    sense.

    is one of those novels that feels as if the author had monitored my book reviews and offers a surprise, just for me. "So, you enjoy science fiction thrillers? High concept, hard science, like Michael Crichton, except, compelling characters. Nobody named 'Norman Johnson' acting out a plot. Got it. You like women in your fiction? Strong, practical women? You'll have it. Scientists will actually follow the scientific method. Yep. Thrills. How about someone who gets stuck trying to squeeze through a water intake port? How about character and thrills embedded at every turn?”

    bullets.

    Seanan McGuire took me for an e-ticket ride with this novel.

    is scary and loaded with gore galore, but also science and compelling characters. I was surprised by how much marine biology, engineering and other sciences filled the pages and how McGuire used global climate change to push the story forward, understanding this is a real and major issue and imagining how it could threaten her characters, which in another surprise, are seventy-percent female. The reader is primed for many of them to feed the sirens, but I was emotionally invested in those I hoped would survive. It's a real hit and makes me want to dive into her aka's other science fiction horror.

  • Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)

    I would like to preface my review by stating outright:

    My feelings for this book are still very much on that point on the spectrum of awe where wonder becomes dread, or dread turns into wonder. I read this at night because as it turns out, I like suffering (but with a nice soundtrack). I’m just saying...there are too many stories of mermaids sitting on rocks in sexy poses braiding their hair and not enough of them luring men to their deaths and I’m glad this book is pro

    I would like to preface my review by stating outright:

    My feelings for this book are still very much on that point on the spectrum of awe where wonder becomes dread, or dread turns into wonder. I read this at night because as it turns out, I like suffering (but with a nice soundtrack). I’m just saying...there are too many stories of mermaids sitting on rocks in sexy poses braiding their hair and not enough of them luring men to their deaths and I’m glad this book is propagating the latter.

    In 2015,

    —a research vessel headed to the Mariana Trench on a scientific expedition supervised by Imagine, an entertainment company known for its horror movies, to look for mermaids—sailed off the map, leaving in its wake a murky narrative and a gruesome footage that bespoke a new and unsettling certainty:

    . Seven years later, Imagine Entertainment sends another ship—

    —to set sail for answers, a desperate ploy they hope will secure the company a legacy that is built on more than mediocre science fiction movies and rumors of a massive maritime hoax.

    Hired to accompany the Melusine into uncharted waters, are a bunch of scientists who—unperturbed by the fact that the vanishing of

    does rather minimize the bounds of chance—spoke of their adventure ahead with its unguessable horizons with the fervor of untested warriors who had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing they desired anymore, except to make their lives into a work of art:

    🌟

    is a bisexual graduate student studying acoustic marine biology and the grieving sister of a member of

    crew whose heart had always been fixed to avenging the death of her sister like a compass point, and who is hoping that this voyage would spell an end to any hope, however remote, of her sister returning home and finally grant her closure.

    🌟

    —autistic lesbian geek goddess and Imagine Entertainment news personality—who has come to a point with her ambition where she could either give it up or give up everything else, and has chosen the latter.

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    —a marine biologist and a siren expert—whose burden of guilt and shame would not permit her to accept the fatality of a mission that was born out of her own research and studies, without at least going herself to face the flesh-ripping monsters of the watery deeps.

    🌟

    —the physically disabled representative of Imagine Entertainment and estranged husband of Dr. Toth—to whom

    ’s fate wasn’t the kind of truths you could trade and walk away from, not when his boss’s reputation hinges entirely on his ability to secure this mission's success.

    🌟Deaf identical twins

    , one of whom is an organic chemist and the other the owner of a deep-water submersible who had channeled all her yearning into an impossible dream: finding the bottom of Challenger Deep.

    I would have personally thought

    ’s fate rather an object lesson in proving that some things are better left undisturbed, unknown, and forgotten but to this motley crew and everyone else on board, death was a pale phantom of the exquisite vastness of pleasure that is the privilege of trading temporary mortal life for the greatest benefit of science. To them, this mission was their destiny come at last to retrieve them.

    packs a winning formula, by frightening, enthralling, disturbing and intriguing the readers all at once. Eerie and disorientating, spine-chilling but imbued with gallows humor, this terror tale spills realistic, likable characters tumbling towards a future filled with uncertainty and doom where they have no home but the unforgiven sea and no people but each other, and raises many questions that are cognitively taxing to swallow.

    In spite of the horror movie flicker that mingles with the atmosphere, this is an energetic book that starts at high velocity and never lets up. The plot races along, but never leaves the reader behind. Time slips away unmarked, making it one of those “

    ” experiences. There is so much emotion rushing under the skin of every moment. The parenthetical asides give such greater poignancy at all the right times, making you pay attention to everything you read and ramping up small moments into a real bang. I was antsy and uncertain throughout, a pendulum swinging between fear and dread, as if I was feeling the same weight of hungry eyes on me and the sense of having to be wary as the characters.

    I was also ever walking a knife-edge between adoration and animus when it came to the characters but they were all so fleshed-out and real that I still felt the pinch of pain in my stomach at every loss (and trust me, there are

    Although this book is low on romance—the characters are far more preoccupied courting trouble with the deadly creatures of the watery deeps than with each other—there's a f/f romance blossoming between Tory and Olivia and it's so wholesome it made my heart sing! Also, seeing Dr. Jill and Theo goad each other into new lows was fun to read and I'm kind of rooting for them to gather the tatters of their broken marriage into a semblance of a relationship, maybe.

    Trying to read this book at night right before bed was definitely poor decision-making on my part but this is the kind of story that hooks you from word one and never lets go, not that I wanted it to anyway. I also spent an unhealthy amount of time reading up on mermaids and watching documentaries with my mind pushing at the limits of understanding to encompass the concept of all the worlds layered like pages that exist in a section of the sea that many have labeled “

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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Jesus Christ. I’ve never been so on edge reading a book ever in my life. Oh my god. I’m gonna have nightmares for DAYS.

  • Carol.

    I knew Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant had it in her, somewhere. She takes the promise she had shown in

    her creature inventiveness from

    and weaves them together with the horror atmosphere from

    to create a terrifically scary tale.

    Victoria, or Tory, is a marine biologist, working summers for the tourist cruises throu

    I knew Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant had it in her, somewhere. She takes the promise she had shown in

    her creature inventiveness from

    and weaves them together with the horror atmosphere from

    to create a terrifically scary tale.

    Victoria, or Tory, is a marine biologist, working summers for the tourist cruises through Monterey Bay, California (been there!) and spending the rest of her time and money researching the sounds of the ocean deep. Her older sister, Allie, was the videographer for an exploratory ship put together by Imagine Entertainment (aka 'Dreamworks'?) to look for 'mermaids,' and was never found. Everyone on the ship was slaughtered or missing, and the bits of found footage showed fanged mermaid-like creatures hunting the humans down and eating them. The world remained skeptical, however. It's seven years later, however, and a representative from Imagine approaches Tory and her research partner, Luis, with an invitation to be part of a second discovery mission.

    I wasn't sure exactly where the story would head, but at about 20% it occurred to me that it was

    ocean version. It even included two big game hunters everyone loved to hate:

    As soon as I met them, I felt sure they were the characters we were going to love being eaten, as the ghosts from all their big game hunts took revenge.

    The locations are beautifully realized. In fact, for the first bit of Tory's introduction, I felt I was reading a blog post about Monterey, California. But the world-building is a tad odd. The set-up for the story is done in 2015, but the majority takes place in 2022. There is supposed to be a greater divide between the wealthy and the poor, climate change is taking a toll, but drought has been solved with solor-powered desalination plants. It's an odd juxtaposition, because in one moment it feels so very now as to possibly be last week, and then the next there are momentary references to advanced technologies we haven't reached quite yet. Her partner, Luis, has a crazy amount of family money which he has used to help develop new technologies and lab equipment that they use for their research.

    But you know what? Who cares about little world-building oddities. Its fun. It follows many classic horror tropes and yet the reader remains deeply invested. Tory is developed well enough to be both driven and kind, and her friend Luis is the epitome of the distracted, awkward scientist. There are two deaf women and their translator sister, all of whom have difference science specialties and focus (deepsea pod pilot, chemist, language specialist), so you just know that sign language will play a role somewhere. Olivia is a 'personality' and videographer who has been hired to document the trip. The representative for Imagine, Theo, has a chronic pain syndrome that he treats with an intriguing mixture of marine neurotoxins, and I'll be honest--I totally expected that would play a role as well. His estranged wife, Jillian Toth, is one of the reasons for the first expedition, as her life's work as a biologist has been to prove mermaids exist. She's a fascinating, determined character, full of guilt about the first expedition.

    Which leads me, not incidentally, to one of the things that Grant/McGuire is finally getting right for such a prolific author who likes to see the unseen and counter expectations: we finally have a female cast that feels developed and well-rounded. And while a romance is brought into it, it's a queer one, quite possibly the first in all her thirty-five-ish books.

    The writing is solid. It is often very evocative, but occasionally Grant gets a little carried away and will use some florid imagery and dialogue that doesn't make sense. It is easy to forgive her, but it is the kind of thing that prevents it from being a truly remarkable book. Grant also made infrequent but completely annoying use of the full parenthetical paragraph. Seriously--get a better editor. At over four hundred pages, it is one of Grant's longest works to date and while I enjoyed the science, it could have used some trimming.

    What was also quite fun for me was the science-geek setting and the creature opposition. There's a lot of interesting description of oceans, mammals, sea-life, etc. packed in here, but it's usually more Mary Roach-level of discussion rather that very technical concepts. There are a couple of spots it gets a little more technical, particularly when Tory is explaining her research using sound to map ocean life, but most of it is accessible. The device of the videographer allows for low-level explanations.

    All that said, I'd highly recommend it to anyone who happens to have an interest in oceans and urban fantasy, although

    Four-and-a-half mermaids.

  • Melanie

    This is such a hard review to write, but I suppose three star reviews usually are. I just feel really torn on this one! I loved so many aspects of this, but ultimately I feel like this ju

    This is such a hard review to write, but I suppose three star reviews usually are. I just feel really torn on this one! I loved so many aspects of this, but ultimately I feel like this just wasn't a book for me. I still encourage anyone who is intrigued by the synopsis to pick it up, especially if you like horror with science!

    is technically about killer mermaids, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about society and how we don’t take care of the habitats we are inhabiting, let alone the ones we aren’t. It’s about how we view animals as lesser, and we are supposed to use them as a means to further education and technology without ever getting emotionally involved. It’s about how humans do horrible things to our planet that is 71% covered in water, and one day it might be time for someone else, besides humans, to say enough is enough.

    Ultimately, this book stars a cruise-like ship, that is traveling to a place in uncharted territories to the Mariana Trench, where a tragedy happened many years ago. On this ship, we get to see the crew and learn their backstories on why they were chosen for this expedition where they will once and for all find out if mermaids exist.

    This book has so much good: the writing was so lush and beautiful in Seanan McGuire /Mira Grant’s signature way. This book is smart, and I actually learned quite a few things about aquatic life. This book is queer, and I was living for every aspect of this budding F/F romance the entire way. This book is filled with action and is so fast paced. This book has some amazing moral discussions that I think a lot of humans would benefit from thinking about.

    As for what didn’t work for me:

    I mean, for the most part the characters are trapped in the middle of a dark ocean, cut off from society, facing ocean-dwelling creatures that, up until this point, have only been in fantasy. I’ll admit, I’m a baby. I didn’t like to read this book at night (which is when I do most of my reading) and I didn’t like to read this book alone. I’m sure many of you will pick this book up and laugh thinking about how I couldn’t handle the spookiness, but it’s the honest to god truth on why I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as I feel I should have.

    Gore, a lot of blood, violence, death, and things in those similar veins.

    Overall, and like I stated above, I still completely recommend this book. I can still see what an amazing and powerful book this was, while also just knowing that it wasn’t for me. And I ultimately hope you guys still pick this one up, because it’s unique, haunting, and so very powerful.

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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Tory Stewart's sister was lost when she was aboard the ship Atargatis. The whole ship was lost and there were video clips of what looked like Mermaids destroying them. But they were always discredited as being an hoax.

    Now the film company that sent Tory's sister out on the quest to find mermaids is sending another crew out. This time they are collecting all the super smart scientists and have built a disaster proof ship. (That always turns out so well)

    Tory agrees to be on the ship and maybe have

    Tory Stewart's sister was lost when she was aboard the ship Atargatis. The whole ship was lost and there were video clips of what looked like Mermaids destroying them. But they were always discredited as being an hoax.

    Now the film company that sent Tory's sister out on the quest to find mermaids is sending another crew out. This time they are collecting all the super smart scientists and have built a disaster proof ship. (That always turns out so well)

    Tory agrees to be on the ship and maybe have answers to what exactly happened to her sister and as an extra bonus she will get to find out if mermaids really do exist.

    Sounds pretty decent doesn't it? And it is. Mira Grant did her research on this book, it's believable enough that I got sorta claustrophobic several times. I'm scared shitless of stuff in the ocean anyways so this was totally the world of nightmares for me.

    She took the reader into the world of the Marina Trench and even made me stop reading several times to look up stuff. I like when a book makes me do that.

    Then toss in some mythical creatures and it's totally my jam. These aren't the sweet little singing type of mermaids either. These suckers will eat your face off.

    That's a win from me.

    The book is extremely read-able and the things that kept me from going all fangirly were few. The repetition was the biggest thing. I don't have to be told the same thing over and over. I might not be the smartest cookie around but I usually get it after a bit.

    The length for the book really felt like it wasn't needed.

    There were so many characters that I couldn't be bothered with getting attached to any of them. I just wanted the critters to eat them all.

    So I'm rating this book as middle of the road. I liked it and will probably read another one of this authors books but I'm gonna let other people cut in line before me. (Mermaids might be there to eat our faces anyways.)

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