Undertow by Michael Buckley – Book Review

Undertow 

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Author: Michael Buckley

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pages: Goodreads says 384 pages, but the PDF that I received was 241.

Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Dystopia, Alien, Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Review: This book was a really pleasant surprise. It was really good. I enjoyed it thoroughly from cover to cover.

The main character is a teenager named Lyric Walker (such an amazing name). She is a strong and independent heroine that is so refreshing to see and read. She was amazingly realistic and made decisions that were grounded in the reality that she lived in. Her moral compass was inspiring and a reader could only find themselves rooting for her throughout the whole book. She is a multi-layered character, with reasons behind all of her layers.

Another aspect of the characters that I loved was that all of them were different nationalities, races, economic backgrounds, etc. There wasn’t a single minor character that felt like they were a stock character.

Even the “alien” species is original. The species arrives out of the ocean and is made up of various fish-like types and mythological beings, but not a single one is considered the stereotypical “mermaid.” The main guy/love interest in this book’s name is Fathom (another awesome name) and he is the Prince of his people, but that does not come with all of the bells and whistles that we generally think of when we hear the term “Prince.” It was really very unique and interesting.

The book started off slow and did not make me want to constantly read it, but once it started going, I couldn’t put it down. Buckley brings together a very popular and memorable setting in Coney Island and transforms it to become a mysterious, deserted, and destroyed shell of the former popular tourist location.

I gave this a 4 star rating, because of the slow beginning. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a series because the Goodreads title has a #1 next to it, but I certainly hope it will be. It left off in a spot that would make it possible for there to be a continuation. I definitely recommend this book to everybody. It was really quite good.

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!*

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