Title: Into the Drowning Deep
Author: Mira Grant
Series: Rolling in The Deep #1
Genre: Horror, Science-Fiction
Publication date: November 14, 2017
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.
This book! This whole book! I was craving some horror and boy did this one give it to me. I will say that it is on the more light horror side. The horror is not as gruesome and brutal as I had expected, BUT everything else about this book was perfection. I mean the whole premise was just perfect. Mermaids are real and they are mysterious and apex predators residing in the Mariana Trench. What happens when they send a ship full of scientists and hired guns to study them? This book is what happens!
The characters were beautiful. They were so diverse and complicated and they felt so real. The amount of diversity that felt completely authentic was incredible. It didn’t feel like diversity was just dropped in for the sake of it. They were complex characters that had flaws and strengths and disabilities and differences and preferences and prejudices and motivations. And I ate it all up.
I also loved the science in this! I am not a huge one for heavy sci-fi, but the science in this made sense and didn’t go over my head. I mean, it’s a book about scientists how can there not be science, right? But it honestly made the book so much better. The reasoning behind the existence of mermaids and the explanation of all the things happening felt so, so good.
This book literally made me rethink my rating scheme for books because damn. The absolute sense of dread! The anticipation and suspense! If you like some light horror, some science, some murderous mermaids you need to read this book.
Rating: 5/5 Stars (obviously)