Welcome to Deep Blue a submerged dystopia where the president’s death sparks a dangerous quest for three friends. Can they break free from the oppressive underwater forces before it’s too late? Dive into this thrilling YA novel of survival and rebellion.
Ryler is a young resident of Deep Blue, an underwater colony that’s home to the last survivors of a global environmental disaster. A disaster that wiped out humanity hundreds of years ago, leaving the surface air toxic and the last hope of humanity beneath the waves. After the devastating and unexpected death of his grandmother, Marna, who also happens to be the president of the colony, Ryler teams up with his friend Anna to uncover the truth behind her suspicious demise.
Their investigation takes them down a dangerous path, as they discover shocking secrets and a killer on the loose who will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden. With time running out and their own lives on the line, Ryler, and his friends must race against the clock to solve the mystery and escape the clutches of an invisible enemy. Will they make it out alive?
I read a lot of books about the remnants of humanity living in ships, among the stars, or in isolated places on Earth, but Deep was my second foray into an underwater ‘sanctuary’.
Deep is a young adult book and follows Ryler, Anna, and Red as they cope with the death of Marna, a much-loved president and grandmother. Truths and secrets entangle as Ryler isn’t convinced that Marna’s death was the result of entirely natural causes, and time isn’t exactly on his side.
I was drawn into this book pretty quickly and could really feel Ryler’s pain as his grandmother’s body is ‘released’ into the ocean. His relationship with his mother is strained, and so he relies on the support of his friends to navigate his grief.
The writing was good, and the author does a great job at keeping you engaged, with quite a few page-turning moments, especially when we learn that all is not as it seems – but who is behind the lies – and why?
Deep is well worth a read if you’re into dystopia. There is only one book out in the series so far, but I’ve joined the author’s newsletter list so I’ll be notified when the next one is out, as I’m really looking forward to seeing where this story goes.