Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Reviewed by Ginny!
What I drank prior: there was wine, mostly white, a little blue (thabks Tigana) and plenty of fun with friends
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.
Spoiler-free Overview: i was luckt enoigh to read the prequel (Rolling in the Deep?) Which I loved. This took place 7 years afterwards anf the attempt is to figire out what the hell happened. Having read the prior book the answer is killer mermaids. The characters in the book weren’t quite asnlucky and they’re trying to fihure it out. They head out and when they get to the Marianas trench things happen.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: OMG everyone is gonna di3! I read the.prior. book where that was actually true. And was my most prominent thought throughout the book. Honestly. I loved this book. The tension was kept high enough that I was desperate to keep reading while not being too terrified that I needed to put the book down to breathe. But I so enjoy3d this book.
Characters: man, this cast was so diverse. There were people with different sexual and gender preferences, there were deaf peopla, and people with various disabilities. There was sich a wide rang3 of humanity and ut was such a joy to see. The main characters were Tori (who lost her sister in the disaster 7years prior), Olivia (a tv host on the autism spectrum), and Jillian (a cryptozoologist). Dont get me wrong theres plenty of dudes, I just didnt care about them (Editor’s Note: lol). The characters (even the ones I didnt mention) all have thejr own character growth. In a lot of cases theres a scientific obsession growing into a better inderstanding in both a beautiful and horrifying way.
Plot: I definitely thought everyone was going to die.
Writing Style: there was so much science I didnt inderstand, so many deserved comeuppances, and a perfect level of understanding.
World Building: having read yhe prior nocel helped but wasnt necessary. The world still made sense being placed in the future with climaye change and what that would lead society to.
Spoilered review: I didnt expect anyone to survive. So I was pretty excited that a number of my faves surviced. The character growth for Jillian ane Tori especially made anf impact. I cant imagine giving up anger over anything yappening to my sibilings easily so watching Toris develipembt was beautiful. Also I loved the deaf sisters. There was a loss there but the characters still felt so real. It helped make me realize how privileged I am. One of the sisters straight up mentioned something along tge lines of “why should I try to talk to her when she hasnt bothered to try to communicate with me.
What to pair it with: sex on the beach. It never quite ends the way you exoect it will.
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