Saturday, April 25, 2020

REVIEW⤏ THE VANISHING DEEP

BY ASTRID SCHOLTE




    SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣
    Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet five hundred years ago, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn’t food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister’s life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn’t a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.
    But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn’t want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn’t commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents’ death and mend their broken bond. But they’re pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea’s time is up–and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.


    BOOK TAGS

     DYSTOPIAN/FUTURISTIC TECHY
     WATERWORLD-ESQUE
      LIFE & DEATH DEALERS
    ⤏ DEALING WITH GRIEF
     AN INTRIGUING SLIGHTLY FANTASTICAL WORLD

      BOOK DETAILS⇣

      AUDIO PERFORMED BY KARISSA VACKER & WILL DAMRON
      SOURCE LIBBY AUDIOBOOK (LIBRARY)
      AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 10 HOURS, 59 MINUTES




      MY THOUGHTS⇣


      There were a lot of things that could have been done with this incredible world that the author has created...and we only got a glimpse of what it could embody.  With a Water World-Esque-ness that is less rapey, and more techy or techier as Grammarly wants me to call it.  You know, sometimes Grammarly, I just want to make up my own words.  Shockingly, I wanted this to be longer, with more illumination on this futuristic, dystopian-ish world, and actually, a tad more character development wouldn't hurt, either.  Feeling that way is weird for me because I usually complain that I want books to be shorter with less inane chatter which blessedly, this doesn't have, at least.

      An exciting world combined with characters that while I did want to know them a little better, at least I thought it would be worthwhile to know them better.  Plus the ramifications and moral dilemmas arising from the restoring the dead back to an alive state all added up to almost four stars for me...which I bumped up for the awesome narration.  Will Damron is one of my favorite male voices for narration...he is always exceptional, and Karissa Vacker has never disappointed me yet, either.  Together they kept the story moving along really well.


      BREAKDOWN⇣

      Plot 4.3/5
      Characters 4/5
      The Feels 4.3/5
      Pacing 4/5
      Addictiveness 4.3/5
      Theme, Tone or Intensity 4.2/5
      Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
      World-Building 3/5
      Originality/Believability 4.3/5
      Ending 4.3/5






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