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Dread-filled ocean romp

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-2018

Great narrator and decent overall story/characters. Lots of tense moments and build-up before the violence begins, but I was disappointed that all of the main characters had indestructible plot armour. There were multiple times where at least one of them should have died, but instead the dying is left mostly to faceless unimportant people that we have never met before in the story or spent any time with.

Aside from that, there were a few moments throughout the book that probably could have had a second look by an editor. There was one time where a character was talking about wanting to ask out another character, which is fine, but it was straight after someone was literally eaten alive in front of them. Like, I don't know, I feel like they probably should have been more concerned about that rather than immediately relaxing after seeing it and going to gossip with a friend. If the gossip scene had been moved to just before the aforementioned brutal death, it would have worked totally fine.

There was also a weird mistake where a character realises that the sounds she's hearing are whale calls, and this is very important for the plot. Then, in the very next chapter the exact same sounds are called engine noises instead and whale calls are never once mentioned.

Other than some mild issues, this book was an enjoyable listen from beginning to end.

Fun but flawed trilogy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-2018

The narrator was absolutely amazing like she always is, but such a disappointing Deus ex machina ending! All the problems are solved and death doesn't matter!

I think the author struggles with endings. Similar to the previous book, everything happens all at once and then is wrapped up very quickly within the last two chapters.