Into the Drowning Deep: Mira Grant
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It Can Think: While sirens are vicious predators, they are also sapient beings with multiple languages and the capacity for strategic planning.
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My one possible quibble would be the ending. While Grant offers a conclusion for our characters, and even a few reveals as to what exactly is going on, not everything is so tight - a lot of loose ends as to the science are left behind, and the ending to all the action is a bit... abrupt, and all of this means I’m guessing there’s going to be a sequel. Which is the littlest bit terrifying. Not that I don't worship Mira Grant's writing but she, as a person, scares me. Space Whale Aesop: Be nice to the planet, or climate change will force sirens to start hunting humans again. We forgot about them, but they never forgot about us. They always knew that somewhere out there they had competition, strange and soft and walking on two legs and defenseless in the water. Most of all, they never forgot that we were delicious.”
This is an energetic book that starts at high velocity and never lets up. There is so much emotion rushing under the skin of every moment. I was antsy and uncertain throughout, a pendulum swinging between anticipation and dread, as if I were feeling the same weight of hungry eyes on me and the sense of having to be wary as the characters. The parenthetical asides were a smart addition, making the reader pay attention to every single detail, mining for clues everywhere. Asshole Victim: Jason, Tory’s ex-boyfriend. He is extremely bitter to the fact that Tory broke up with him. He ends up assisting in a necropsy of a mermaid. After collecting a basin-full of symbiotic creatures extracted from the dead siren, he attempts to conduct further research hidden away from Dr. Lyons in his cabin. Jason accidentally impales himself on a creature’s barb. It turns out this was his undoing, and dies from the resulting venom injected in him in less than five minutes. Tory actually feels bad for him after learning of his death, not wishing that kind of end on him. Similarly, the Melusine, the second ship that follows it years later, is named after another mythological mermaid from a later period of history.
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Sounds pretty decent doesn't it? And it is. Mira Grant did her research on this book, it's believable enough that I got sorta claustrophobic several times. I'm scared shitless of stuff in the ocean anyways so this was totally the world of nightmares for me. The creature hisses, showing bloody teeth. Then, in a perfectly human, perfectly chilling voice, it says, "Come on, Kevin, don’t you have the shot yet?"
Hand Signals: How Heather and Hollie, the Wilson twins, communicate as they were both born deaf. Their older sister Hallie Wilson often acts as their interpreter, a sort of liaison between them and other people. She’ll also sign for them when someone else is speaking such as on a podium or stage. They don’t necessarily need her for face-to-face interactions. The sirens also have their own form of sign language. A live siren specimen, after having being captured, begins a rudimentary exchange of signs with a character so the two species can open the beginnings of a line of communication. I thought it was messy from the start. Lots of jumping around in time and place. But I thought, okay, I can deal with that. Victoria “Tory” Stewart, a bisexual graduate student studying acoustic marine biology and the grieving sister of a member of The Atargatis crew whose heart had always been fixed to avenging the death of her sister, and who is hoping that this voyage would spell an end to any hope, however remote, of her sister returning home and finally grant her closure.
Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant
Tory Stewart's sister was lost when she was aboard the ship Atargatis. The whole ship was lost and there were video clips of what looked like Mermaids destroying them. But they were always discredited as being an hoax. I couldn't be happier to finally finish this book. I found it as corny as a SyFy channel movie that went on for too long.Nothing But Readi...: Into the Drowning Deep, by Mira Grant (April 2019 Adult/Non Fiction Book of the Month ) starts April 2, 2019