Short Book Review: Undertow by Michael Buckley

22749788Title: Undertow

Author:  Michael Buckley

Publication Date: May 5th 2015

Format: E-Book 

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.

 

3 stars

This book was okay. I liked some parts and disliked some others.

I wasn’t a big fan of Lyric and Fathom’s relationship. They didn’t really spend a lot of time together (and when they did Fathom was sulking during most of it) but Lyric somehow managed to fall in love with him. That wasn’t believable.

The end was very rushed in my opinion. One minute Lyric was scared and whining about how she can’t fight and then suddenly she was saying that she will rescue her city and that she was “bigger than the world”; there was no consistency with her personality.

Other than that, as I said, it was okay.

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