Reviewed by Taylor (Library Patron)
Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan is an intriguing, fast-paced, and discovery-filled middle grade novel. It uses the events of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne as a foundation, reimagining them and then exploring their implications over a century later. After an unspeakable tragedy, Ana and the rest of her freshman class are forced to make a run for it across the ocean, all while being stalked by their enemies. Their enemies are after something, and Ana isn’t sure what they want. I really enjoyed the discoveries Ana and her classmates make along the way and found the discussions of alt-tech to be interesting. Some may not enjoy the more technical descriptions, but I didn’t feel like they bogged the story down at all. It only took me a few days to read because I wanted to know what happened.
My only complaint is that it’s hard to imagine a group of high school freshman being capable of such feats. For example, they build two fully functional submarine torpedoes from parts they scavenged off other torpedoes. The students are essentially geniuses who attend a specialized school, but everything in the book still seemed like a lot for them to accomplish, especially since they only had a year or so of training at this point. However, I liked the story enough to suspend my disbelief. It was actually the first novel I’ve managed to finish reading in months. If you like ocean adventure, suspense, and sci-fi, this definitely one to pick up!
Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC RIORDAN)