Time to gush about one of my favorite reads of the year! Into the Drowning Deep is by Mira Grant, who also goes by Seanan McGuire. This book is about mermaids, and not the beautiful Disney type. Of course this book gets 5 stars from me and I’m crossing my fingers that there are more books coming in the series because I absolutely need more of this world.
Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary”about mermaids. It was lost at sea with all hands. Many believe the incident to be a hoax. A new crew sets out to prove that the seven-year-old hoax about mermaids isn’t a hoax at all. Not all the crew are believers, but soon enough they are all faced with creatures of the deep whose discovery will come at a high price.
This book did something that I love, which is using something we know little about, in this case the Mariana Trench, to spin a creepy story that toes the line between reality and fantasy. And the mockumentary is reminiscent of the one the Discovery Channel did as well as all the creature shows on the History Channel. Mira also did an amazing job of sprinkling real science into the book, which made everything feel way more real and way scarier. There was so much mystery leading up to the ship setting sail that I could not put the book down once they reached the Mariana Trench.
I’ll admit this book deals with some environmental changes in the sea, which causes the story too feel a little preachy at times. However it fit the characters to me, but I’ve heard other people have gotten quite annoyed by it even if the author is just using the truth. I found the environmental and marine aspect of this book fascinting. Like every horror, some characters made decisions I didn’t agree with purely for the sake of putting everyone in danger, but I still enjoyed the story enough to not get hung up on it.
In the end the unique take on mermaids won me over. I enjoyed the scientific research put into this book and the varied characters. If you are looking for a mermaid romance, this isn’t the book for you. Want something creepy filled with terror and mystery? Then this is the perfect book for you.
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.