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Into the Drowning Deep

Written by: Mira Grant
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
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New York Times best-selling author Mira Grant, author of the renowned Newsflesh series, returns with a novel that takes us to a new world of ancient mysteries and mythological dangers come to life.

The ocean is home to many myths,

But some are deadly....

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy.

Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart, this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will be found only below the waves.

But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

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Absolutely Incredible

Brilliant, thrilling tale of human survival and curiosity. With a perfect balance of hope, loss and true connection between characters I found it extremely hard to stop reading

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okay!!!

great draw at the beginning...lost my attention a bit in the middle. mostly just all the science talk but picked up again at the end. i enjoyed it. just wish it had more of a climax at the end.

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average at best

average nothing really stands out other than...mermaids not really horror but does have some gore.

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  • SharonNM
  • 2018-04-13

Another Excellent book by Mira Grant

Where does Into the Drowning Deep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was by far one of the best audio books I have listened to this year. The story held my interest right until the end. It was very suspenseful and the outcome was totally not predicted.I loved the performance by Christine Lakin and although I had the book checked out from the library I found myself listening rather than reading the book!

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  • Klagmar
  • 2018-07-28

Just good enough for me to keep listening

I'm totally down the middle on how much I enjoyed this title. On one hand, the story was entertaining and told well. Though it did explore the horrors of the deepest parts of the ocean, and did so well, it also explored things from a very science-heavy angle that was unique and interesting. It was clear the author did her research on a variety of maritime subjects and I feel like I actually learned things reading this.

On the other hand, the pacing of the book was exceptionally slow. Grant spends an abundance of time explaining every little detail to excruciating degree - while interesting, I often found myself wanting her to get to the point. It takes a good half to two-thirds of the book for any real action to occur, and even then it is often interrupted with the mundane.

The characters are interesting and likable enough, but it did tend to feel like their backstories were over-explained while their actual actions were relatively few. This was exacerbated by the ending - with all that time devoted to backstories and buildup, things ended remarkably fast and with little conclusion.

Finally, the writing itself definitely could have been better. The word choice and descriptions used were fine, but they had a tendency to feel like "purple prose"...it's hard to describe, but there was just an arrogant feel to the way everything was described. An example would be a tendency to repeat phrases for emphasis - powerful in small doses, but annoying when over-used.

That's a lot of negatives, but as I said in the headline the book was still mostly enjoyable, enough that I wanted to see it through to its end. There is still an interesting plot about the hunt for mermaids in the Mariana Trench here, and as others have said it's appealing much in the same way as books like Jurassic Park. The narrator was also acceptable - I wasn't blown away by her accents or voices, but she was clear, identifiable, and unobtrusive

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  • AAHickman
  • 2018-08-21

Good suspense/horror

Properly horrifying, but I found the ending a little lacking. I have to admit it is probably appropriate however. Great take on a more likely "reality" of mermaids/sirens. Also managed to make a lot of great points about what mankind has done and is doing to the world without being heavy handed.

Narrator: I don't love the narrator, but she does a decent job with most of the accents. I found the men, unless they spoke with accents, pretty one note, and some of the women a little high pitched for comfort. But overall, it is a good listen.

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  • Kimberly G.
  • 2018-08-09

Great read!

Very enjoyable story from start to finish. The characters were dynamic and very well written.

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  • Rick Kintigh
  • Chicago, IL USA
  • 2018-08-06

A rare glimpse of non-human cognition.

It is rare to read a book with non-human languages, thought and societies which truly feel appropriately alien. Grant offers a thrilling fast read which turns classic fantasy into smart science fiction.

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  • J. OBrennan
  • Denver, Colorado USA
  • 2018-06-27

Great narrator, unique and engaging story

Into the Drowning Deep was my first Mira Grant title, and my first Christine Lakin listen -- I enjoyed both enough to make me want to check out their other works (maybe Parasite will be next). The story is engaging and interwoven with enough science to make it feel pretty plausible. The characters are solid and really well characterized by the narrator. The ending came all of a sudden, though, and it felt like a set-up for another book in the series - but I didn't feel like that detracted from the overall experience. It was a "page turner" for sure, and a quick 17 hours. Definitely worth a credit!

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  • Paul Knipple
  • Memphis, TN USA
  • 2018-08-07

Smart, scary, and oh so smart

One of Mira Grant’s greatest strengths is her character development. The mix of people you root for and people you want to see eaten drive the plot forward like a dolphin cutting through the water. The world Grant builds is rife with opportunities for jump scares and drama. The story goes far beyond cheap thrills though. Grant out-sciences the best science writers with her world and her characters. And her villains are far too real to make a cruise seem like a good idea any time soon.

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  • Booger
  • Louisiana
  • 2018-03-08

Great story. A little preachy

This book had me hooked quickly. The author did an excellent job introducing the characters. Scary plot. I wish there was a little less preaching on environmental stuff. The repetitive conversations about it made me hit the skip button a few times. I'm fine with learning about the horrible stuff mankind does to the earth but when the main character has the exact same conversation about saving whales with 4 different people (when it isn't necessary to the plot)...about an hour of this could have been reduced.

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  • Devlin
  • Florida
  • 2018-06-14

So Much Potential!!

This book was GREAT at first...then it seemed to try to meld some romance and not so subtly bring environmental issues to the forefront when the book would’ve been so much better without either. The story was an awesome premise and it was one of the ONLY books to actually give me a little bit of a chill down my spine (I love horror and books don’t usually scare or creep me out) but this one sparkled in some spots and fell flat in others.

Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of romance and I usually try to avoid the genre. The romance in the story was more of a side story but I feel like it detracted from the plot and created diversions when more attention to the mysterious thriller portion would’ve brought this over the top.

I did like this book but felt with a few changes, I could’ve absolutely loved it. To me, it is clear the writer is talented and I’ll look for more books in the future from her.

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  • tessie
  • 2018-07-02

Best!

I don’t normally review books, this one deserves it though! Was awesome. Would make a great movie!

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  • Julian Wells
  • 2019-09-25

Good old fashioned monster story

Quite good! My first Mira Grant book and I liked it enough to pick up the sequel and others by her. Not sure why a previous review said it was about the monstrosity of mankind, as the vast majority of characters were likeable, flawed, and very human. None of them are outright monstrous, and even when they are ruthless, they remain relatable. Takes a whole to get going but once it does, the pace doesn't let up. If you're specifically looking for books with great sapphic representation, this has am excellent lesbian character and a very well presented bisexual character - both written with care and attention. The disabled characters and neurodiverse cast are all the better. If you don't care about any of that and just want a fun monster book - - this is also for you. Would make a great film.

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  • Anonyme C
  • 2019-07-02

A monster book about people, not mermaids

I quite enjoyed this story. Good atmosphere, decent writing, and credible and, for the most part mysterious, critters from the deep. I would personally have preferred not to have the few chapters from the PoV of the "mermaids" but they were ok. I just prefer my monsters terrifyingly incomprehensible, that's the Lovecraft fan in me :P

What struck me more was that this story is really, as it should be in Horror really, about people. In what reviews I've seen, people complained about all the backstory for the characters and how most of them are "unlikable". I mean , of you only line Creature Features, I guess that's fair. I enjoy a good monster romp but in i don't think it works as well in books as it would in comics, videogames or film.

I don't entirely agree with the second point but as for the first, the backstory shows us how the character's actions led them to the point they are now. it's ultimately about humanity itself being to blame for their narcissistic, selfish etc ambitions. I'd the ocean fights back, we have no-one to blame but ourselves.

Overall, while I would not rave about this book, and I prefer other Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire books and series, I would recommend for someone looking for a slower burn, closed space horror novel.

As for the audiobook, the reader has a good pace and is clear but I didn't care for her character voices. She does good accents though so there were no cringe moments for me on that respect. The acting is a bit wooden in place but, all in all, I've definitely heard a lot worse.

Pros: Boats, horrors from the deep, believable science babble, LGBT+ characters, disabled characters, would make a good movie

Cons: ocassional "monster" PoV in a story not about being a monster, a little too cinematic rather than literary (no, not as in Literary with a big L, rather in the sense as "made to be read"), too many digressions in the wrong places.