Undertow by Michael Buckley
May 5, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Contains: Kissing and sexual references, Violence
Source: eARC for Honest review
I didn't have any expectations going into Undertow, except hoping for an entertaining read, so I was plesantly surprised how much I loved it. I was sucked right into this story that felt otherworldly yet also like it could be happening today. I definitely recommend this book.
Lyric is an interesting character to follow. She is strong yet has been hiding-in-plain-sight for years due to the situation her family is in. She has a wild side, yet has been forced to be responsible. She is loving and caring with her best friend, yet has had a history of not being cared for and respected by boys, one in particular. She is being pushed and pulled in so many directions. Yet when push comes to shove, she's the girl you want in your corner.
I think the struggle and inner-turmoil Lyric deals with throughout the book was well conveyed. Actually, this book is full of confict and turmoil. This is no simple aliens versus humans debacle. This is layer upon layer of prejudice, assumptions, animosity. It's not just alien versus human. The scary part is the human against human fighting and hatred. There are many parallels that can be seen between this fictional world and the world we live in.
I also loved how these Alpha were developed. Like humanity and its varying cultures and nationalities, the Alpha have their own variety. I loved getting to know them in bits and pieces. Their whole society is fascinating, and I enjoyed the thought that went into it. Of course, Fathom himself was a captivating addition to the storyline and I loved that he wasn't just some one-dimensional "prince," which is what I feared initially.
I feel like beyond this, I don't want to get too much into the story. I loved reading through chapter after chapter. Between the build-up of conflict going on in the city and school of all the anti-Alphas, getting to know the Alphas alongside Lyric, feeling Lyric's anxiety about her family and her friends, wanting to uncover the questions and mysteries still in question around Lyric and her city, and the history and current problems the Alphas themselves are facing, I was completely entertained. There was never a dull moment and the story was paced really well. I confess, I may have even shed a tear or two. I'm definitely looking forward to finding out where the story goes next.