The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah is a YA Fantasy underwater adventure!
“Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.
At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.
Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.
When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.
Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–and her father might be lost forever.”
This was such a fun, interesting concept!
The underwater world was so fun to explore between the main characters, their unique society, and the obstacles they face under the sea.
It encompasses everything you’re looking for in a YA Fantasy from the high-stakes to the captivating, storytelling techniques. The writing was subversive and made you turn page after page until the ending. Which is why I finished it in one night!
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend it. There’s a clear-cut motive and it was so fun to see how she runs around trying to achieve it.
It’ll be interesting to see how this epic series will continue!
Published: 29 October 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: eARC from Rockstar Book Tours
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced I any way.*
“London Shah is a British-born Muslim of Pashtun ethnicity. She has lived in Britain’s capital for most of her life, via England’s beautiful North. When she’s not busy re-imagining the past, plotting an alternate present or dreaming up a surreal future, she’s most likely drinking copious amounts of tea, eating all the sweets and cakes, strolling through Richmond Park or along the Thames, getting lost on an evening in the city’s older, darker alleyways—preferably just after it’s rained—listening to punk rock, or losing herself in a fab SFF book or film. If she could have only one super power, it would be to breathe underwater of course!”
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