Into the Drowning Deep by Mira GrantInto the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Narrator: Christine Lakin
Series: Rolling in the Deep #1
Published by Hachette Audio on November 14, 2017
Source: Purchased
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction
Length: 17 hrs 15 mins
Pages: 486
Format: Audiobook
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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.

Seven years ago a ship, the  Atargatis, sailed to the Mariana Trench looking for mermaids. Imagine Network planned to make a huge amount of money off the planned mockumentary. Instead, the entire crew was lost at sea and only raw video footage to show what happened. They had found mermaids – and mermaids are not friendly.

Now, the entertainment company is planning a second voyage. A film crew and a large group of diverse scientists are going back to find out what happened and to prove mermaids exist. Diverse in disciplines – marine biologists, cetologists, chemical biologists, cryptid hunters, and diverse in backstories – sexual orientations, disabilities, financial resources, and cultural backgrounds. Some of the scientists have personal reasons for going, like Tory whose sister died on the Atargatis and Dr. Toth whose life’s work has been centered on Sirens. Others are approaching it as a cruise where they get to do their own research, not believing in the mermaids.

I really enjoyed this book! It was one of those that I had to talk about, even if no one I know in real life has read it. It’s a monster story, tense, gory at times, but it’s also full of science and amazing characters. It’s about how far we’ll go for “entertainment” and the need for ratings. It’s about how money can influence the tracks science takes and about humanity’s selfishness. It’s about grief and community and survival.

And it’s about mermaids who are smart and scary and vicious and will try to kill you.

I listened to the audiobook. There were a lot of characters, but the narrator did a good job distinguishing them. I think listening to the audio made some of the slower portions go by quicker for me. It’s tense and gripping, but not action-filled, at least in the beginning.

About Mira Grant

Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged.

Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you.


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