Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 29, 2019
Series: Light the Abyss #1 ,
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Source: eARC from Publisher
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.
The Light at the Bottom of the World is the first book in the young adult Science Fiction series, The Light at the Bottom of the World, by London Shah. As a side note, I am not 100% certain on the series name. Goodreads indicates that the series is called The Light at the Bottom of the World, but I have also seen mention of the series being called Light the Abyss. If anyone knows which is going to be the series name, please let me know! I kind of like Light the Abyss. Which do you guys prefer?
But anyway, The Light at the Bottom of the World was a fun read. I loved the totally foreign feeling world. It wasn’t quite an underwater mermaid type world, because it was the London that we know of, but it is now at the bottom of the ocean, which is a fun thing to think about. When I started reading, I was really paying attention to the world building details because I was trying to create a mind image of what this would would look like, and how it would all function. I eventually did get there, but it took me a while for the full world picture to form, and I will admit that I am still a bit fuzzy on a few of the details and the how does it work aspect, but nothing that detracted from my enjoyment of the overall story. I loved the “monsters” that London Shah incorporated into the story. If you are thinking of an underwater world, a whole new class of creatures can be created, and what London created were certainly creepy and really interesting. I enjoyed being creeped out by the anthropods.
Our main character is 16 year old Leyla, who has been living on her own ever since her father was imprisoned in a secret government prison. Leyla is convinced that her father is innocent and she will stop at nothing to find him. Leyla is also a bit of a racer, so when she finds out about a government sanctioned submersible race, she is in. And when she finds out that the winner gets to pick their prize- anything she wants, she is even more determined to win. This is the second book about a race that I have read this month, but Crown of Oblivion and The Light at the Bottom of the World are both totally different, and wonderfully unique in their own way. I have decided that I love the tension, high stakes and action packed plot of a race because both of these two books have been a hit for me. The Light at the Bottom of the World was a captivating read, and I can honestly say that it felt more fresh and different than most of the other books I have read this year.
I wanted the race element of the story be play a larger role than it ultimately did, but once we got past the race, the story took a different and interesting turn. As the story progressed, the plot started to feel more and more mysterious, which I loved. The further Leyla traveled from the known comfort of her city, and out into the unknown waters, the more mysterious the story felt, and the higher my excitement level rose. I really enjoyed The Light at the Bottom of the World, and I am super anxious for more. I want the next installment right now. I was hoping for a bit more on the romance front, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that subplot grows in the next novel, but what romance was in this story was excellent. I love a good enemies to more trope. I can’t wait to see what the next installment of this series will bring.
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