5Bat! Review: Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant

November 17, 2017 Review 0

5Bat! Review: Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira GrantInto the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Series: Rolling in the Deep #1
Published by Orbit on November 14, 2017
Genres: Horror, LGBT, Romantic
Pages: 512
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Kissing, non-explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
5 Stars

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. (From Orbit Books)

Balancing on a thin point between Science Fiction, Thriller, and Horror, INTO THE DROWNING DEEP transcends genre to be an engrossing, heartbreaking, thrill ride. Reminiscent of JURASSIC PARK, but with oh so much more science and process to enjoy, this meticulous world captivates even as it kills.

My favorite urban fantasy worlds posit one magical addition, one transformative difference, and spin from that a world both familiar and fundamentally different. INTO THE DROWNING DEEP takes place less than a decade in our future and instead of adding magic builds a terrifyingly realistic scenario of what will be revealed in the world we already live in. Each change is a tiny delight, made all the more realistic by the meticulous scaffolding connecting back to our present day. Engrossing from the start, my only disappointments lie with the ending, where the constraints of starting a series seemed to short circuit the realistic world building up to that point. This is a criticism that can only be supported by further research, however, and I will gladly dive in to future books to test my hypothesis. A long time fan of Mira Grant's fantasy persona, Seanan McGuire, INTO THE DROWNING DEEP will definitely lure me into Grant's back catalog as I wait for Rolling in the Deep to continue.

A terrifying adventure for process nerds and science enthusiasts, INTO THE DROWNING DEEP spares no expense in humanizing the characters that followed a siren song out into the unforgiving ocean. With one notable, and ultimately forgivable, exception, Grant lavishes detail and humanity on her characters, but not much sympathy in the face of danger. Nature is red in tooth and claw, and in this world, and perhaps our own, that is magic enough.

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