The Deep by Jen MinkmaneBook, English, 182 pages
Debut: June 1, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Dystopia, Young Adult
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Read First: May 4-17, 2015 | Snuck from: Author -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Leia and Walt are on their way to the Other Side, where the legendary land of Cornwall awaits them. Tony, their new friend, has told them that all wars of the past have been forgotten and the citizens of Bodmin and Dartmoor live in peace. People adhere to the tenets of an old religion that preaches forgiveness and non-violence.
However, Walt and Leia soon discover that even a peace-loving, ideal society like this one may have its flaws. While on a forbidden trip to Exeter, the old city of their ancestors, the two Islanders discover more about the new world than they ever bargained for.
Secrets run dark and passions run deep in this thrilling conclusion to the Island novella series.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 164
I was totally excited about Walt's and Leia's trip to the main land, because I had such high hopes for them to learn many new things, new books, new cultures, and find friends and new loved ones amongst the mainlanders -- even if not everything would be rainbows and unicorns, I still hoped for an overall good experience. Oh boy, was I in for a surprise! Talk about humanity's need to control, to hold onto power at all costs, to box themselves in in order to feel safe... let's just say it's not pretty, before I start actually raging.
So aside from the general make up of the villains that made me want to bang my head against the wall awefully hard, because they were so realistic it's basically depressing, I LOVED everything about this read. It was told from Leia's PoV on the mainland and Alisa's PoV on Tresco, and every time it got really, really interesting, they switched. It made me scream in frustration once or twice, but I love this kind of cliffhanger feeling, and since I knew I would get back eventually... it just made me keep reading, and reading, and reading. (I actually read this in three sessions, but didn't have any time in between, hence the span of two weeks.) And it's not just that the PoVs switched at the most breathtaking moments, no, they usually contained a plot twist. The first were more of the likes of "we're making progress, new things to discover, characters to build" and such, but then came a few twists I totally didn't see coming. Jen, thank you so much for just letting your imagination run wild on this one! Those twists and turns were awesome!
While I already loved Leia and Walt pretty much before, to see the two of them really together now was beyond cute. Add to that everything they had to go through this time... they are an epic pair! And they are not the only ones I'd love to read more about! Alisa was still struggling with Yorrick's death, and Ben and Saul showed their true colors -- that they were sweet guys who just had a hard time growing up and didn't have the right guidlines to build their characters on, but they weren't cruel or cold-hearted by nature. I came to love all three of them, Saul especially (He's just so my type, what can I say?!), but it kinda made me miss Colin somehow. I'd have liked to read along his normally progressing (love) life, to get his feelings on the new social structure of Newexter, as he is an adult now, but doesn't have to be a stranger to his mother. Not the most exciting, maybe, but I would've been interested to know how the new "normal" looked on the eastern side of the island, just because.
So while The Deep concludes the trilogy, and the story does make a full circle, there's also room for more. Everything those characters had to tell was indeed told, I feel satisfied -- but things are far from over! This distopian world still holds more possible adventures, more exciting characters, more things to go incredibly wrong or finally right, and love to be found. Maybe before long, we'll get a sequel or spin-off trilogy, which would totally rock.
Area Scan: Style/Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Hearts: 5/5 -- Heat: 3.5/5 -- Thrills: 5/5 -- Laughs: 2/5 -- Tears: 4/5
Thank you for the approval of an ARC goes to:
author Jen Minkman