Author: Kassandra Montag
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Unique take on dystopian literature that is not as washed up as the title suggests.
Not far into the future, climate change has wreaked havoc on the planet. Multiple floods have occurred that has raised the ocean water level to new elevations. Now there are only a handful of land ports that used to be mountain ranges including the Rockies and Andes. Life has taken a new approach for everyone as governments began to be overthrown and new colonies were formed. Eventually raiders became prominent throughout the globe as super powers. For Myra and her daughter Row, life has become a means of survival every day. They work to catch fish in order to barter for other supplies they need. Myra still lives in defeat after her husband left her and took their oldest daughter Row. In a life-threatening situation, Myra learns that Row is still alive in a colony in the north. Her boat will never make it, but she manages to join up with a larger crew in hopes of heading to the colony to regain the daughter she lost and reunite her family.
This book made me think about Water World as the majority of the population now live on ships that sail from port to port. It is a new twist on dystopian literature mixed with some pirates. The synopsis of the book only covers about the first three chapters or about 30 pages, leaving almost 400 pages of unchartered territory for the ready to uncover. I enjoyed the story development that continued throughout the book as well as the author’s ability to create descriptive scenery. There was plenty of tension that developed between the characters and the author managed to end the chapters with just the right amount to make me start the next chapter so that I could find out what happened, which caused a couple of later nights than I normally have. My one complaint is that there was about 375 pages of buildup that just played out the finale in only 40 pages. It just felt rushed after having this incredible journey. There is also some foul language throughout the book as well as some fairly descriptive sex scenes that will be more appropriate for a mature audience.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.