Release date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Series: Drowned #1
Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.
Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.
Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.
My Rating: 4 Roses
The world building was good. There were parts I liked and parts I didn't like. The part that I liked was how well the author portrayed the setting. The way she described everything as constantly damp and cold, with the constant threat of the sea looming close, was perfect. It was so well described, I got shivers as I read. The part that I didn't like was that there were a lot of questions left over by the end of the book. Why did the water levels rise so much? How could a society (no matter how fractured and unwilling to bring children into the world) be totally celibate to the point that a teenage boy never even heard of the word "kiss?" Just small things like that didn't seem to fit. It was an annoyance, but it didn't ruin the book for me. I still really enjoyed it.
Coe was a wonderful heroine. She was clever and very resilient. If I could say just one thing about her, it would be that she was the consummate survivor. It was easy to feel sympathetic for her right away, with how she was treated by others, and she quickly proved herself as a worthy heroine. I thought she was great and I really liked her.
Tiam was a delight. He was as much as a survivor as Coe, but in a different way. He was strong, capable, and determined to find a way to help everyone survive, even if he had to sacrifice himself for it. And, he was also very sweet, loyal, and all around adorable. I thought he was just wonderful.
The romance was light but very sweet. Coe and Tiam were definitely great together, even though it took them awhile to admit it to each other. After that ending, I don't know how things will be for them, but here's hoping for the best.
The plot was well paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The book started off a little slow, though not enough that I got bored, but, about halfway through, things picked up and I became totally drawn in. There were plenty of thrills and secrets, along with the looming threat of the ocean, that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me anxious to find out what happens next. Can't wait to read book 2!
Drowned was a fantastic YA post-apocalyptic read. From the thrills and secrets, to the engaging characters and the sweet romance, this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read. YA lovers, this is definitely a book worth checking out.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.