by Michael Buckley
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Undertow - Book 1
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 384 pages
First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope.
Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.
Undertow by Michael Buckley (Undertow #1)
When you think of the beach at Coney Island, what do you think of? I’m guessing 30,000 ocean-dwelling warriors coming ashore wasn’t your first thought. Strong, fierce and trapped in a guarded camp on shore, the Alpha have arrived. But why? Do they mean harm or are they running themselves to survive? Have humans fouled the waters so badly? The once peaceful tourist attraction is now the epicenter of human fear, distrust and violence as once again, the Lady in the Harbor is made a mockery of because someone was different.
The Alpha are being offered a life on land from the Federal government, but the masses disagree and a military state has been proclaimed. Schools become their own special brand of warzone and one girl is asked to tutor the great Prince of these people. Why Lyric? What can she do about it? Her hands are tied and her “friends” treat her like the enemy, but the tall and handsome prince has hooked her heart. Lyric has secrets and they are deadly, but when lives are on the line, she may no choice, but to reveal them. She alone, can make the difference, she alone can prevent the deaths of millions, or so, she was led to believe, until...
Undertow by young adult author, Michael Buckley will set the fantasy world on fire with this one! This is not the Hatfields and McCoys, this is survival, this is learning to accept the differences in others, this is learning to trust and act on the words on the Statute of Liberty and few are brave enough to take the chance. From page one, the wonder starts and we are plunged into the deep end of a tale being told at the speed of sound in rich detail and equally taut tension. Mr. Buckley has brought each character to life and added a dimension that defies being able to forget them long after the story is over. Without a wasted word, I was rocketed on a journey filled with secrets, a budding romance and the collision of two worlds.
Fascinating, magnetic and super-charged with plot details that go above and beyond merely “good” reading, this is a refreshing read in a world that never tires of fantasy and what ifs that won’t soon be forgotten, it is that powerful!!
I received this copy from HMH Books for Young Readers in exchange for my honest review.