I am so excited to share my review of Drowned by Nichola Reilly with you! First, check out the official book trailer above, released today by Harlequin Teen.
Drowned is a gorgeous, post-apocalyptic fantasy that has it all. There is adventure, mystery, romance, danger, action and a touch of fantasy. Readers will be pulled under by, and blissfully drown in, this harrowing tale of the rising tides and the possible end of the world. The writing is so vivid and fluid that at times I forgot I was reading and I became a part of the story. The beautiful, descriptive details made it feel so real, a perfect moving picture was painted in my mind. Drowned is equally enchanting and terrifying and I dreamt about it while I was reading it as well as for several days afterwards. I couldn't get it out of my head. I loved this exciting, hard-to-put-down, action-packed, thought-provoking, romantic adventure and I'm already pining away the days until I can read the next book.
What is Drowned about? Well, here you go...
Far, far in the future, the world has been almost completely covered by water. There is very little dry land remaining, and as far as the people of the island of Tides know, they are all that is left. Their numbers and their island are both dwindling, and they all know that the end is near. They live their lives at the mercy of the waves. Every high tide they must climb to a platform and wait and watch as their island disappears into the sea. Balancing on the platform is always a frightening ordeal as the waves crash around them, occasionally swallowing up those at the edges. It's only a matter of time before they are all taken to a watery grave. Coe is one of the last teens left on the island, and for the moment she is relatively safe. She had been given a spot to stand in the center of the platform because of her age, but she knows that soon she will be an adult, and since she is weak and has a physical deformity, she will soon be cast out to the edges. One fateful day, her life changes. She is asked to work in the castle for the princess of the island and her status is now above those who had been bullying her. Once in the castle, she discovers that the king is dying and her best friend, Tiam, who she's been in love with all her life has been offered the crown. Unfortunately, life can't go on as it has been. The people of Tides are beginning to revolt, the water is rising, horrifying sea creatures are killing people and Coe has discovered shocking secrets that will change everything...as long as she can survive. Coe, Tiam and their other allies must fight for their lives as they try to escape from the only place they've ever known. It's either that, or they wait to drown.
Drowned officially releases on June 24th. Go forth and enjoy!
(Nichola Reilly also writes as Cyn Balog and Callie Sparks)