You know, every so often, when you read a book that you seriously cannot stop thinking about? It sort of drifts in and out of your mind and you find yourself recommending it to random people on the street?
That is how I am STILL feeling about Into the Drowning Deep, one of the knockout books of the year for me, by Mira Grant that featured killer mermaids.
That’s right people. Killer. Mermaids.
I read this one back in December and forced several people around me to buy this book immediately- including my fellow #cjsreads members, Jessica and Chandra! In case you missed it, you can check out my full review HERE.
Keep reading to find out if Jessica and Chandra enjoyed this one as much as I did!
Has anyone given this book a chance? I am dying to discuss this book with pretty EVERYONE!
What Jessica Thought:
I’m not usually drawn to science fiction books, but when I hear there’s a book about killer mermaids, then I need to read it. INTO THE DROWNING DEEP by Mira Grant was more than I could hope for! It was still a thriller – which I love – and was written in a way that made it feel possible and real.
I had read the prequel – ROLLING IN THE DEEP – and flew through that one. INTO THE DROWNING DEEP takes place seven years after the events in the prequel. The Atargatis sets off on a voyage to Mariana Trench. They are filming a “mockumentary” and are trying to bring ancient sea creatures to life. All were lost at sea, never to be seen again. Many think it’s a hoax for their “mockumentary” and others call it a tragedy. Fast forward seven years, and a new crew is preparing to set sail.
Part of the crew is the sister of one of the crew lost at sea in the first voyage. When footage from that first crew surfaces and shows mermaids, Victoria, a sirenologist, is determined to get the truth. I don’t want to go into too much more detail, but of course, nothing ever seems to go as planned and the crew will find out secrets from the depths of the ocean.
This book had me pulled in from the start. The science aspects of this novel intrigued me and the potential of mermaids existing kept me flipping the pages. We will never truly know all the secrets that the ocean is keeping hidden from us – one reason I will not swim in the ocean! How do we know mermaids aren’t real? Grant took on a unique perspective on these mystical creatures. We all grew up with Ariel – a beautiful half woman half fish with an incredible singing voice – well, these mermaids are from that.
The characters were all fantastic. Each unique and brought something new to the table. The scientists, the hunters, and all were so diverse. I feel like that can be a daunting task to develop such different characters, but Grant did this flawlessly.
Overall, if you want a unique thriller-meets-science fiction novel, then look no further! This reads perfectly as a standalone, but I’d highly recommend reading the prequel. I know it’s not a true retelling of any kind of fairytale, but I’d still consider this a retelling of the mermaids we all know and loved growing up.
I give this 5/5 stars!
What Chandra Thought:
“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.