by Mira Grant
Series: Rolling in the Deep #1
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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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.
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.
*Shivers* Thank you, Mira Grant, for the nightmares. May I have another? Into the Drowning Deep is the first novel in the Rolling in the Deep series touching on mythology as it spins science fiction, and fantasy into a brilliant, terrifying oceanic horror story.
First, I must tell you there is a prequel novella to this story. Rolling in the Deep, and while it is not necessary to read before beginning, it does set the account up nicely. Now as for me, anything Grant writes I am going to read. Her ability to combine sci-fi geekiness and horror creates page-turning reads that have found a place on my favorites bookshelf.
Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” about ancient sea creatures of legend. Onboard were the crew, scientists, artists and employees of Imagine Network; the sponsors of the film. None returned, raw footage found aboard the ship were released. It is believed to be a hoax. No survivors were ever found.
Grant through interviews, newspaper articles, scientific papers and virtual blogs shared events from the Atargatis, how it was perceived by the media and the fallout. Scientists dispute whether such a creature could exist. Most refer to them as pure myth and those that believe lose credibility. I love all of the details that set up the story as Grant introduced us to the principal characters in Into the Drowning Deep. She makes events, characters, and these creatures come to life with her vivid details and creative writing style.
Imagine Network has quietly been putting together plans to send a second ship to the Marina Trench and prove once and for all whether these creatures exist. They’ve amassed all kinds of scientific equipment and invited experts in every field. Victoria “Tory” a scientist and the sister of an Imagine reporter aboard the Atargatis. is one of the first to accept. The story that unfolds felt eerily realistic and delivered all the suspense, thrills and chills one could expect.
From Tory to Dr. Jillian who has stood by her beliefs the tale Grant delivered was seriously addictive. It started off a little slow as we met characters, learned details and boarded the ship, but all of those details connected me with the story. The build-up and reader only knowledge created suspense and lent authenticity to events. We get some side threads, including an LGBT romance, scientists struggling to make a name for themselves, nerdy deets and underwater exploring.
Grant has left me yearning for the next novel. We get closure here, but enough threads and questions are left open that I will have a glorious time contemplating what Grant has in store for us.
If you love mythological creatures, suspense and horror served with a Petri dish of scientific gobblygook; you’ll want to grab Into the Drowning Deep.
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I did NOT know that Mira Grant is also Seanan McGuire! Thank you for a cracking review – I MUST get hold of this one…
Wait. Mira Grant is Seanan McGuire?! Kidding! lol. I’m looking forward to reading this.
Sounds very chilling! Glad you enjoyed the read. I have heard of the author but don’t think I have read her yet. Great review!
Tyler H. Jolley
This kind of feels like a book within a book. I’m very interested and love the inclusion of mythology.
Oh, I need to read this one pronto! It sounds fantastic. And I love that it has a side LGBT romance. 🙂
It hooks me in with the storyline, but yikes, I don’t think I could handle it. Glad it gave you a great scare and has you wanting more. 🙂
You ad me at shivers. 🙂 I have not read a good horror story in the longest while. I love the sound of this series.
Definitely intrigued by this one. I like the idea of sea creatures. Scary!
This sounds right in my wheelhouse. I’m always looking for my next spooky read!
I love the premise for this it sounds so good, I am hoping to read the novella. I heard her writing is great, I wish to read her other books as well
Great review ! It sounds so good !
Kristin @ Addicted to HEA
Bravo!! Bravo!! I can’t decide if I want to continue or not… I thought I did until the ending. Ms. Grant closed this one up SOOO perfectly but then.. curiosity might win out for me. It is Mira Grant. 🙂 My review is going up this week (??)..
Melissa (Books and Things)
I have this one for review and now I can’t wait to read it. A novella? I didn’t know that and now I may have to search for it!
Jenea's Book Obsession
This was definitely a creepy read, and I loved it! Glad you did too. 🙂
I cannot WAIT to read this as I loved the prequel novella and have been anxiously awaiting this ever since. Glad to hear it’s good, and I’m expecting it to be a little scary as well. 🙂
I really need to try this author and so I put one of her books on my library wishlist cause I already have my holds filled up…lol.
Just looking at the cover makes me want it. Great review.
Lizzy @ The Bent Bookworm
This actually sounds like a sci-fi I might really enjoy! Thanks for the review. Added to my ever-growing TBR!
Oceanic horror story is a term I have never heard, but I can already imagine how terrifying that is, Kim. It sounds amazing, but can wuss-me, handle it??? I’d have to read it in broad daylight for sure!
Even though I don’t always get a long with this genre, I’m loving all the science fiction blended with other genres I’ve been seeing lately. SO much fun.
I’m seeing so many good reviews about this one. Makes me glad that I have both in this world slated for Thanksgiving reads!
This sounds amazing. I’m going to keep my eye out for the audio.
Holy Moly Kim I’m in! Great premise and mix of genres. Great review
Jessica @ a GREAT read
Ooh that sounds intriguing! You kind of had me hooked with the notion of mythology and maybe sea monsters! (lol, that’s where my brain went anyway!) I will have to keep an eye on this one! Nice review!
Mythology / Science Fiction / Fantasy / terrifying oceanic Horror story? Sign me up!!!! Seriously, this sounds like a terrific book, I’ll have to try it for sure! Thanks a lot, Kimberly 😀