Title: Rising Tides
Author: Katy Haye
Publisher: Plumshine Books
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Romance
City is the last civilised place left on a drowned Earth, a floating town built from metal and plastic from the Time Before. It’s the only home doctor’s daughter Libby Marchmont has ever known or wanted – until her father helps the wrong patient and she’s forced to flee.
Cosimo came to City for one reason. Then he should have vanished back to his people on the Wastes. But what about his promise to Libby’s father?
Stranded in the middle of the sea, can the two enemies learn to trust each other? And can they survive long enough to uncover the truth: City isn’t the safe haven Libby always believed it to be …
I was really quite interested to read this book since it reminded me of Waterworld by it’s description. Growing up watching it, I was excited to read a scenario of a water-filled world and the struggles it faced. It didn’t disappoint for one minute. I was immediately captured by the Liberty’s narrative as her entire life is turned upside-down. In just a short time, she loses her father, her home, her expectations of her future and must travel with a reamer; someone she despises right away. As a practical girl, the uncertainly of her fate now rests in the Cosimo’s scrawny hands.
I completely blasted through this book. The moment I started reading, I couldn’t stop and it’s likely the fastest I’ve read a book. I look forward to reading it again actually. Haye created an excellent world with intense action, drama, and well-defined characters. Cosimo (which is an awesome name by the way) and Liberty are forced to survive together despite their clashing histories.
Cosimo is a newly created nautilus man from the Wastes, a place where thieves reside and are regularly punished by the Magistrate. Liberty, or Libby, is a slightly spoiled girl with a decent home and daughter of the second (or rather first) most important person in City. What I liked most about Libby is that she knows it. She doesn’t shy from recognizing her own faults or her situation. While life on City seems quite rigid, she feels she is often too awkward to have actual friends but takes comfort in her position as apprentice to her father Dr Miracle.
Both characters learn and slowly adapt to each other. I really enjoyed their interactions from beginning to end and the maturity they both began to have. It was very real and easy to connect to people that both had flaws and had to work through them over time. Rising Tides has so much to offer and if you’d like a dystopian novel that really has a fresh outlook and amazing writing, then this is a perfect choice. I really look forward to a next installment and other works by Katy Haye.
About the Author
Katy Haye spends as much time as possible in either her own or someone else’s imaginary worlds. She has a fearsome green tea habit, a partiality for dark chocolate brazils and a fascination with the science of storytelling.
When not lost in a good book, Katy may be found on her allotment growing veg and keeping hens in order to maximize her chances of survival in the event of a zombie apocalypse or similar catastrophe (admittedly, this would not help if the entire country flooded…).
Your survival kit is as follows:
1. An Amazon voucher for £10/$15US/$20CAN, AUS, NZ. Load up your Kindle with books to read, while shops remain.
2. A solar charger so when the national grid fails you can still read your books.
3. A mirror. When you are stranded in the open sea you can signal for help by reflecting the sun’s light. Alternatively, if you have no wish to be rescued because you still have reading to do, flip the mirror over to depict the slogan, “Go away I’m reading.”
4. Ribbon bookmark. If all your books have been washed away by the rising seas, this can be rolled up and packed into the neck of a cut-open bottle and will double-up as a water filter. Note: this will not desalinate salt water, sorry.
5. A bag to put the last of your belongings into. DO NOT LEAVE THIS BEHIND.
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