In Rising Tides the two main characters must battle against the greed of City's leader, not only for their lives but for the lives of the last remnants of their people's. Libby and Cosimo are an enchanting couple who start out with a dislike of each other and grow to share a love that has to put a shine in your eyes and a smile on your face. There is plenty of action too. The author managed to give us both a HEA and the desire for more. Thank goodness Rising Tides is the start of a series bound to live in our hearts
ARC kindly provided by Katy Haye in exchange for an honest review.
'Rising Tides' is a FANTASTIC read for those keen on exploring a dystopian/post-apocalyptic world full of science-fiction that makes you gasp! And make me gasp it did! I really shouldn't be comparing this novel to any other out there but it certainly did include some themes and ideas which I thought would resonate quite nicely with readers of Ally Condie's 'Atlantia'. Both novels have that deep and quite aura and atmosphere about them. They both explore cities in the ocean, though 'Atlantia' focuses on life beneath the ocean whilst 'Rising Tides' is about great, big cities afloat. I also got the feeling that mermaids was yet another subtle similarity between both novels. In 'Rising Tides' the surviving humans after extreme global climate change have managed to survive in City because of the genius invention of Libby Marchmont's father. He created the Nautilus device which allows humans to breathe underwater and thereby scavenge whatever supplies they can from the remnants of our civilisation. They reminded me a lot of mermaids. (Or mermen if you want to be gender specific because only young men are allowed to undergo the operation and dive the depths.) 'Atlantia' focuses on life in glass domes beneath the ocean but I remember vaguely that there was some presence of mermaids. I believe this is what makes these reads so similar and well suited for those who have read either. The writing was BEYOND spectacular. The author created a marvellous world rich in facts, fiction and emotion that made the reading experience not only wonderful but absolutely NECESSARY! The editor who's worked on this novel must have also been a great one as I couldn't sense or see any of the mistakes that indie or self-pubbed that authors make. I was also in absolute cover lust with this novel. When the book arrived on my doorstep, I did not expect it would be so beautiful! Seriously, people! The front cover might be a bit boring and black but the BACK is just WOW! There's this ocean on the back which looks absolutely fantastic and I believe it perfectly captures the essence of the novel! Personally, I think the girl hidden in the letters is a bit much, and if the letters filled the entire cover from end to end, it would be much better. More attention drawing, I think. There was a great plot and story! I especially loved the short story which the author included at the end! It was absolutely amazing and I loved how it revealed what I wanted to know, but in such a way that it made me eager for a potential sequel! Katy Haye, PLEASE WRITE A SEQUEL! The world-building was great. There was a place for everything and a depth to the history of the City that made every page a worthwhile time spent. I especially enjoyed the sort of 17th till 18th century etiquette and mannerisms which the characters inhibited. There wasn't one typo I could spot in my ARC and I am so grateful! It made reading a pleasure! The font was a bit small for my taste and the width of the novel a bit skinny, but I think that's just me being picky. (Although a larger font, more space between lines and a wider book would have made me happier.) Congratulations to Katy Haye in publishing a fantastic read worthy of being published by the best houses out there! Can't wait for a potential sequel!
Rating Plan 1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking. 2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me. 3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea. 4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting. 5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!
This story maked me think about what our world could be like if everything we knew was taken away and we had to start from scratch. Would humans disregard for the earth come back to bite us on the butt? Would our polluting of our planet be our complete dimise? How would we survive without all the technology we are accustomed to? How would we feed ourselves? Where would we live? These and many more are questions I asked myself as I read this book. It portrays humans as we are. Those of us who are willing and able to help our fellow man to the benefit of all and those of us who are willing to step on and hurt anyone that gets in the way of the things they want and the way they think things should be done. Definitely worth the read.