When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses.
They didn't expect actual mermaids. They certainly didn't expect those mermaids to have teeth.
This is the story of the Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.
New York Times bestselling 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 only be found below the waves.
But the secrets of the deep come with a price.
Oh, I really enjoyed reading these books! They were dark and terrifying, and just a little bit hilarious, in that it's scary so laugh so you don't hide away. Well, the snark of Dr. Jill Toth was hilarious. Even if the subject matter was life and death.
One thing that I loved about this book, was that it had a great take on mermaid mythology, and taking the various myths and having a reasonable explanation for it, as well as all the practicalities, of going between the deep sea and their heads above water. It was interesting to watch the various discoveries!
I didn't want to get attached to the characters in the first story. I knew they were all going to die. I did hold out hope that maybe one or two of them survived, but was hidden, like with the mermaids or something. But my hopes were dashed as I read the book. RIP characters!
The way it ended, yeah, there's room for a sequel. I mean, there's the one captured siren, and there's a whole bunch of ways a story could spin off from there. I would love to spend more time in this world, it's dark and creepy and interesting!
Loved reading these books, they were fantastic reads!
Author: Mira Grant
Series: Rolling in the Deep #0.5, 1
Read: March 9th, 9th, 2019
Reason Why: Love her writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books!
Publisher: Subterranean Press, Orbit
Published: April 7th 2015, November 14th 2017
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