Into the Drowning Deep Spoiler Free review
I work at a bookstore and got a galley of Into the Drowning Deep a few months ago, but it’s taken me a while to get around to starting it. A few days ago I finally did and goddamn am I glad I did.
Do you ever read a book and feel in your bones that it’s going to be big? I feel that about this book. Look, I love @seananmcguire/Mira Grant’s work dearly. She’s a brilliant storyteller that has been responsible for more than one night of lost sleep or day of lost productivity as I failed all attempts to put down her books. She does great characters, amazing world building, and has shown a clear commitment to diversity.
This might be her best book yet. Look, it’s killer mermaids. You know no one is safe. You know that no matter how much you love a character, they might not make it to the end. The suspense is masterfully built. Every time a character gets into a dangerous situation you think, oh god, they’re not gonna make it, even while desperately hoping they will somehow. The characters are realistic, interesting, and again, extremely diverse. One of the main characters is Autistic and it’s an important part of her character without ever being a plot point. Two main characters are Deaf. One has chronic pain. Several are queer. Several are people of color. And characters even discuss the ways they’ve made the vessel accessible, from having flashing lights in addition to chimes in the elevator to having a separate gluten free kitchen.
But my favorite thing about this book is absolutely the science and the worldbuilding. In Newsflesh, Mira Grant delivered the most scientifically plausible zombies i’d ever read, and then dutifully traced out the societal fallout from the zombie apocalypse. In Into the Drowning Deep, she makes mermaids just as real, and just as terrifying. I found myself simultaneously hoping everyone would wise up and sail away as fast as their boat would carry them and hoping they’d stick around so we could learn more. That’s the nice thing about scientist main characters: you get a lot of science.
The ending is satisfying on its own while still leaving enough unanswered questions for a sequel. I hope we get one. I absolutely loved this book and can’t recommend it highly enough.