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Book: Heart of the Storm
Author: Michael Buckley
Book Series: Undertow Book 3
Recommended For…: dystopian lovers and mermaid lovers
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Genre: YA Dystopian
Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, teen pregnancy, genocide, slight sexual content)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: For three months, Lyric Walker has been trapped in the hunting grounds, the Alpha city at the bottom of the ocean. But Lyric Walker, Brooklyn girl, is not going down without a fight. She makes an unlikely alliance with her jailor, a Rusalka named Husk. Husk reveals the truth about what actually resides in the Great Abyss. The Great Abyss is not some Alpha god but belongs to an unknown clan of monsters, ones who think in a hive mentality and believe anyone who cannot hear their voice is broken and must be destroyed. And Lyric has just woken them.
After a death-defying escape, Lyric makes her journey back to the mainland to prepare humanity for another monster invasion. Once reunited with her parents, Bex, and hot-nerd-with-potential Riley, Lyric has to break the terrible truth.
Lyric was just a girl when the Alpha arrived in her hometown. She was a soldier in the second attack that saved her world. What will she have to become now, and who will she have to leave behind?
Review: For the most part this was a good book. The world building was the strongest part of this book and the plot was intriguing enough to keep my attention throughout the book. I appreciated a solid ending to the series as well. The book was also well paced.
However, I didn’t like how the book was told. The book is told in alternating periods of Lyric’s life and it bounces back and forth between present and three months ago, which makes it hard to get into the book in my opinion. The book also had weak character development and most of the characters who you came to love in Books 1 and 2 are barely in this book. The book also had a weird ending and I didn’t really appreciate how the main character was treated in the aftermath.
Verdict: It’s a decent and interesting series, just had some infuriating moments.