Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Undertow by Michael Buckley

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine.

I can't wait to read...

Undertow by Michael Buckley

Release date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
 Goodreads link: (click here)

Description from Goodreads

First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope.

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.

What people are saying about it

“Undertow overflows with innovative, terrifying monsters — human, emotional and undersea. Landmark Coney Island becomes a dystopian state where two different species battle for dominance, and Lyric Walker is both a unique, quirky heroine and a fearless crusader. Allegorical and romantic, the book nevertheless reads like an action movie with especially awesome CGI.”
— E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

“Undertow crashes over you in waves of emotion, allowing glimpses of family and loyalty, before dragging you into the depths of human prejudice, cultural mistrust, and political corruption. Once you resurface, you'll view the world through different eyes.”
—A.G. Howard, author of the critically acclaimed Splintered Series

“Undertow will unexpectedly grab hold and pull you out into a world of epic romance and gritty suspense.  A must-read tale of how love can survive under the most dangerous circumstances.  It will leave you gasping for air, and for more.”
—Tonya Hurley, NYT bestselling author of the ghostgirl series and The Blessed Trilogy

“A gritty, turbulent novel as sweeping and deep as the ocean itself. UNDERTOW will pull you in and hold you down.”
—Rebecca Serle, author of When You Were Mine, and The Edge of Falling

“Lyric is a girl’s girl—as savvy as she is soulful, as sharp as she is tender. Lyric’s fierce, distinctive voice is the core magnetic force of UNDERTOW, and why we will all be stampeding for more.”                                                                                                                                                            —Adele Griffin, author of All You Never Wanted and The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
Why I'm excited

Um...did you see the awesome blurbs from all those amazing authors? I'm pretty darn excited about this book! The book sounds wonderful, of course. That would have been enough to lure me in to picking this up. I love the idea of an ocean-dwelling "alien" race. I can only imagine how humanity would react. The whole District 9 meets The Outsiders thing has me really intrigued, too. It's got adventure, a cool sci-fi premise and forbidden romance. I'm sold.

Plus, when I hear about men from the water I can't help but picture this:

So, I'll just be over here like this...

...waiting for this book.

What are you waiting to read?

<3 Michelle


  1. Wow, this sounds good. I will have to look into it! Happy Holidays! Thanks for stopping by The Cover Contessa

  2. Those gifs are too funny. I think I'm going to add this to my list. Here's mine

  3. That cover threw me off! It looks like a nice contemporary novel, but now I'm intrigued! Thanks Michelle, I hadn't heard of this one before now!

  4. interesting premise! it's going to be a good summer read.

    hope you can stop by my WoW Post.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  5. Love the GIFs!! This is one I've been seeing recently that sounds like it might be a good one. Love the cover too! Thanks for visiting my WOW earlier.

  6. I've never heard of this one! I hope you enjoy this book when you read it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Happy holidays :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!