Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Review: Undertow by Michael Buckley

Title: Undertow
Author: Michael Buckley
Genre: Sci-fi/ Action Adventure
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Stars: 5 Stars

Undertow by Michael Buckley
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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 only hope of 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, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.

My Review

Buckley slayed it, killed it, nailed it, caught it on fire and then dragged it to the bottom of the ocean. Okay, maybe I took it too far, but he blew me away with this one! I seriously have never read anything, ANYTHING, like this novel before. Yes, sure there have been plenty of other mermaidish stories out there, but Buckley took this one to a whole new level. He completely created his own unique species with a whole new world and culture for his readers to dive into. Along with his stunning writing style, fun characters, and gripping story line.

Buckley's amazing story line and creativity really shined in this one. I way very impressed with how much work Buckley must have put into his plot line because it truly showed. He blew me away with his unique species of merpeople, their culture, language, and governing system. By creating this Buckley made this such a fascinating world for his readers to dive into, which made this book so much more enjoyable for me. I loved it! Absolutely mind-blowing! Buckley also fabricated suspense by having a shaky relationship between the human population of Coney Island and the merpeople. He also added more by having tensions rise within the merpeople's clan too. I also thoroughly enjoyed the romance in this one. I ship Fathom and Lyric so hard, it's not even funny! And finally I also enjoyed all the plot-twists Buckley had put into to this one. Just when I thought I knew where things were going, he completely flipped everything on it's head. It was breath-taking!

Another part of the story line that I loved where the characters Buckley incorporated into this one. Lyric was such a dependable and reliable main characters, who was very independent and mature. But she also had a dark past; which today's teen readers can relate too very well. I also love reading about Fathom and learning about his unique culture and way of life as a merperson, and it was amazing to see these in action too. I also loved all the minor characters he packed into this one too, each one brought something wonderful to this story, and it was incredible to see what unfolded with each new character.  And Buckley really brought these characters to life through his imaginative and almost poetic writing style, I've never encountered anyone with a writing style like his before.

With all these factors, Buckley has masterfully captivated his readers, and has taken them on an unforgettable journey. I loved this read so much, and I'm so glad I picked it up when I did. I don't regret it. With creative circumstances, a gripping story line, a stunning writing-style, and fun characters, Buckley has captured my attention. I won't be forgetting this one anytime soon! And I have a feeling that many others won't be forgetting either.

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