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

    is all the best of the horror genre -

    and

    I had this book marketed to me as

    , and I

    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

    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 bi and autistic 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 Hannah, an underwater explorer and a data analyzer

    🍃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 integral to 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

    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

    Which is the littlest bit terrifying.

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

    is maybe 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.

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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.

  • Bradley

    Seven years after the fateful voyage of a doomed mockumentary hunting for signs of life in the deep, the fateful Mermaids, a truly scientific voyage is finally put together. The quest? To put the horrible rumors and/or the innuendo to rest. Or, as a few would prefer, to come back with proof positive that:

    Mermaids are REAL.

    Mira Grant, aka Seanan McGuire, has done it again. She's got this great talent at weaving horror into science fiction and bringing it right back into the horror foreground, and

    Seven years after the fateful voyage of a doomed mockumentary hunting for signs of life in the deep, the fateful Mermaids, a truly scientific voyage is finally put together. The quest? To put the horrible rumors and/or the innuendo to rest. Or, as a few would prefer, to come back with proof positive that:

    Mermaids are REAL.

    Mira Grant, aka Seanan McGuire, has done it again. She's got this great talent at weaving horror into science fiction and bringing it right back into the horror foreground, and what's more, she's made it into an epic Mermurder tale.

    Mermurder. Mermaider. Mermurder. I love the sound of it.

    To be fair, though, this is more of a science fiction tale than anything else. Grant goes through all the great stuff associated with marine biology, specialty forensic science, and all the red-tape that might be associated with such a venture into the dark deeps over the main Trench. She even gets into sign language in a big way and it was delightful because of another great story that she had written, unrelated to Mermaider. :)

    Eventually, it becomes survival horror, but all the way through, it's fun as hell. Great science, great character development, and then... bloodshed. More bloodshed. Even more bloodshed.

    I'm so happy I got this from Netgalley in October. It's so perfect. *evil laugh* *more evil laugh* *even more evil laugh*

  • Philip

    4ish stars.

    This is my first Mira Grant book, although I've really enjoyed everything written by her as Seanan McGuire. It has her signature writing style, but instead of the fantastical inventiveness used in her McGuire books, Grant is decidedly more science fictional. And bloody.

    She begins with a cool premise - killer mermaids eating faces - and tries to make it as legitimate as possible by including an array of science-y people and explanations. Works for me, I'm now more or less convinced th

    4ish stars.

    This is my first Mira Grant book, although I've really enjoyed everything written by her as Seanan McGuire. It has her signature writing style, but instead of the fantastical inventiveness used in her McGuire books, Grant is decidedly more science fictional. And bloody.

    She begins with a cool premise - killer mermaids eating faces - and tries to make it as legitimate as possible by including an array of science-y people and explanations. Works for me, I'm now more or less convinced that a mermaid is going to wriggle up through my plumbing and leave gory chunks of my flesh floating in the toilet. She takes the cool premise and uses it as the basis for a typical horror story/Jurassic Park remake. Which, let's be honest, is awesome.

    None of the characters are 3D enough to resonate with me (though I do like mermaid-ologist Dr. Jillian Toth), so I wasn't affected when they all started getting disemboweled for being stupid horror movie characters doing stupid things. The romance, likewise, seems more necessary based on trope than truly

    , even if the queerness sets it apart. It's all just mermaid food in comparison. The pacing, however, works really well; it's not a short book, but I never felt like it was long. It's tense and exciting and even the parts that don't end with trailing entrails are endlessly readable.

    Somehow equal parts popcorn fiction and intelligent commentary on conservation, it's

    brilliant! 😂

  • Laura

    I know others have used this quote, but it was the most stand-out of the book to give an inkling of what you're in for in this story. In fact, it is used as an epigraph within the novel. Anyway, so two words. Killer. Mermaids. That's what this story is about and it is fucking awesome.

    Seven years ago, the Atargatis was sent on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary finding mermaids. You know those ver

    I know others have used this quote, but it was the most stand-out of the book to give an inkling of what you're in for in this story. In fact, it is used as an epigraph within the novel. Anyway, so two words. Killer. Mermaids. That's what this story is about and it is fucking awesome.

    Seven years ago, the Atargatis was sent on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary finding mermaids. You know those very fake, but they pass it off as a documentary things they sometimes show on even the history channel sparking debate as to whether that should even be allowed. Yeah..well, that's what the Atargatis set off to film. They didn't expect to actually find mermaids. And especially didn't expect finding those very mermaids to be what brought them to the end of their lives. The Atargatis never returns, no bodies found, though the ship was found in disarray with blood splatters, etc. And footage was leaked showing what appears to be mermaids attacking the crew. It was brushed off as a hoax.

    Now another ship is going back to the Mariana Trench to find out what really happened. On the crew is marine biologist Tory Stewart, sister of Anne (the host on the Atargatis voyage). She's a direct connection to the original voyage making her ratings gold for the network, but Tory really just wants to find out what happened to her sister seven years earlier. It's haunted her ever since. Tory's research partner Luis also makes it on board. & being that their professional industry is small, her ex boyfriend also makes it on board. Tory is probably what would be the main character, although we get several characters' viewpoints and stories. Tory's continues throughout the novel and the voyage is more personal for her than anyone.

    Dr. Jillian Toth's lifework has been mermaids, so proving they are real is everything to her. Her (ex) husband Theo is the company man bringing everyone together for the voyage back to the Mariana Trench. He works for Imagine Entertainment, the company responsible for the Atargatis and wanting the mockumentary to begin with. Heather and Holly are deaf twin sisters while their sister Hallie is their translator (all three have their own scientific specialities). Olivia is the new Anne, hired by Imagine to document the trip. Jacques and Michi are a married couple hired to hunt when (and if) they are needed. There are many other characters, but these are the standouts. Excellent character development.

    There is plenty of action with tense, suspense-building scenes. This book certainly borders on horror, but I was never too scared to read. It was more a "holy shit I hope this never ever happens" kind of thing on top of being a really cool, exciting read.

    I cannot wait to read more by Mira Grant. And I definitely need to read the prequel to this. I'd love to see the events on the Atargatis play out. This is one awesome book. Who knew a book about killer mermaids could be so good?!

  • 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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