Series: Undertow #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Published by HMH books for young readers, Houghton Mifflin on 2015-05-05
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope. Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker's life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world's initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric's small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity's best chance for survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it's more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen. Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga!
This story was the perfect blend of wonderfully weird mixed with honest and heartbreaking reality. What I truly loved about this story that while it is a Paranormal/Fantasy story.. there are parts of it that really kick your heart back into the real world. It reminds you that just because there are crazy things going on in a paranormal aspect.. there are other characters in this world that have a life as well, and it’s not always going so well. Undertow features a side character/ best friend who has an abusive Father. I loved that there was a side character that tugged at your heart strings just as much, if not sometimes more than the MC and that it was just so… REAL.
But that’s not all I loved about Undertow by Michael Buckley.. really.. there is so much that I loved! Some may read the descriptions and think… “ooohhh.. Mermaids!” but these are NOT mermaids.. and they really don’t like being compared to them! The characters from the sea featured in this story are more like the ones you would find on the Flying Dutchman with Davy Jones ( Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead man’s chest ) They are not all very pretty. Some of them are straight up gruesome. Can you imagine going to school with someone/something like that? I’m pretty sure that just like in the book, not everyone would be rolling out the welcome wagon!
Undertow is full of intrigue and secrets waiting to be uncovered, and once those secrets are uncovered? Drama and action ensue! The story grabbed hold of me from the start and the only thing that stopped me from reading it from start to finish in one sitting was the need to get out of bed in about 3 hours … and less than 3 hours of sleep doesn’t make me a very fun person to be around. I finished it the very next chance I got and was not disappointed! I cannot wait to see how the rest of this story unravels and what else Michael Buckley has up his sleeve!
Reviewed by Michelle