Rolling in the Deep

July 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

deepRolling in the Deep by Mira Grant

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I didn’t intend to read two McGuire books back-to-back like this; it’s just the way my reading list shook out. I like her style, so it’s not like I don’t want to read her stuff, but I usually try to space an author out more than this. Interestingly, I’ve read several of her novellas, but none of her novels as yet.

Rolling in the Deep is about an ocean expedition, ostensibly to discover mermaids, but funded by a network known more for its B-grade monster movies and questionable documentaries (think the SyFy Channel). The ship is filled with ship personnel, cameramen, hosts, scientists, and fake mermaids, so of course personalities clash, long before the secret of the mermaids is actually revealed. Characterization is Grant’s strongest skill, since she creates characters who you root for or against so strongly that it’s impossible not to get caught up in the story itself. I just wish there had been more to the story here.

A good three-quarters of the story is the setup, where we meet the characters, and then the last quarter of the story is a fast-moving conclusion where everyone dies (no spoilers there; this is noted in the first few pages of the story). There’s a lot of potential to the story, where characters could be heroes or villains once the chaos erupts, but it feels wasted as Grant rushes through the final act.

There’s a full-length novel that follows this story, and I’ll jump right into it next. I’m hoping the greater length will allow for a more measured conclusion, since I enjoy Grant’s style enough to want to keep reading her, even though I’ve only read one book that thrilled me (Down Among the Sticks and Bones). I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do with a full-length novel.

Started: June 18, 2018
Finished: June 23, 2018

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