Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant #BookReview

Title: Into the Drowning Deep | Series: Rolling in the Deep #1 | Author: Mira Grant / Seanan McGuire | Publisher: Orbit | Pub. Date: 2017-11-14 | Pages: 512 | ISBN13: 9780316379403 | Genre: Horror Fantasy | Triggers: Drowning, Water | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: I received a copy from Netgalley for review consideration


Into the Drowning Deep

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 maritime 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 only be found below the waves.

But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

Book cover for Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep Review

Into the Drowning Deep is the first full book in the Rolling in the Deep series by Mira Grant*. There has been one novella “Rolling in the Deep” released prior to this. (I have not read that prequel.) Set aboard a ship, the crew on board is composed of scientists, network employees, and general contractors for various duties. There’s a range of personalities, including an (all things considered) appropriate amount of egotistical nobbin heads, a few sharks on two legs, and surprisingly good people. There’s also a believable amount of drama. It’s a great book that will make you want to shove your responsibilities as adults to the side for several hours because nothing seems quite so as appealing as finishing this book as soon as possible. 

What I like about the author’s writing is that it is so real. She takes our world, and changes it just enough so that it’s only a hop, skip, and one measly dimension over. Zombies, Mermaids, doesn’t matter. She says [for x book] “In my world, they exist.” and you instantly agree. There’s no suspension of belief necessary. No scoffing or rolling your eyes at the improbability of it all. She makes says its true, and for the entirety of that book, you never think to doubt her.

I loved that one of the characters in the book was autistic, but not portrayed in a way that made her ‘special’. It was just a part of who she was. It shaped how she interacted with people, and how she dealt with situations, but it didn’t define her. There was one passage in particular that really stood out to me when it came to this character. She’s having a conversation with someone else, and she needs to get something clear. She says:

“…signals are hard. … People don’t say what they mean. They say things that live in the same neighborhood as what they mean, and then they look at me like I’m stupid because i don’t pick it up instantly. I’m not stupid. I’m just not that specific kind of smart.”

I also appreciated that one of the characters in Into the Drowning Deep is bisexual (much more common to find homo or hetero than bi) and that the author directly addresses one of the major biases bisexuals face when people find out about their orientation. 

” … She wasn’t a sl*t or a fence-sitter, or any of the other terrible things she’d been called … She was just pickier about personalities than she was about genders.”

(Although, to be honest, for me its mainly the fact that I find both genders to be physically attractive. I’d much rather just ogle everyone than get to know them.)

There were lots of passages that I really enjoyed from Into the Drowning Deep that had nothing to do with the characters themselves. Just  the basic quips or observations that made me giggle. I thought I’d end with sharing my favorite one below.

“[Redacted] was convinced that the world for a group of scientists ought to be a blackout, because that was what the f*ckers seemed determined to cause.”

I really liked Into the Drowning Deep. It had a steady pace to it, the characters were interesting and varied, and the dialogue kept me entertained. It made me feel very justified of my dislike of water when it’s deep enough I can’t see the bottom. It also had enough action and gore in it to satiate the horror hound in me. I liked it – a lot! – but I didn’t love it. It didn’t ensnare me the way the author’s book Feed did. While I appreciated what I was reading, something kept me from fully immersing myself in the story. I think it may be because while I liked the characters, I never really connected with any of them like I did with characters in Feed.

I highly recommend Into the Drowning Deep, a fantastic and imaginative well-told tale of terror.

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