Sleepless nights not bieng able to put this down . Its the 26th century and humankinds worst predictions about catastrophic climate change have eventuated. Land is scarce, the air is dangerously poisonous and the oceans are scrapheaps. The remaining humans have found ways to adapt and survive albeit in very reduced circumstances and in communities competing violently for scarce resources. The sokcial inequalities we know have not been overcome and the same injustices exist. life is lived under the waters. its a very believable premise. Our main character has the uncanny ability to know the cardinal directions and read the currents making her invaluable in this submarine existence. The slow burn transformation of feelings between Rose and Miranda, the pirate captain she is commanded to serve was perfectly timed. i enjoyed the other protagonists too, take no prisoners tough and grizzly. Its a dangerous world and i was enthralled from the first page. it was tightly written. an impressive first book and i would ask the author for a sequel.
What an extraordinarily fresh tale. In a dystopian future where living below the water means life, Burke has painted a vivid and intriguing picture of one possibility of where humanity ended up post climate change. Comoass Rose is an interesting character. Flawed, genuine and constantly learning more about herself and her place in the world, she was a heroine worth watching as she grew. Miranda, Orca, and the man o war crew are the educators that shape Rose through the book. The chemistry between Rose and Miranda sparks. Orca needs a special mention for her role in the book, and she is one of my favourite characters. Great book. Would love to see more of this new world Burke has created.