I am not surprised that this is an award winning book.
Aquarius Rising takes place on a post apocalyptic world where a scientist’s misguided attempt to fix the environment led to out of control green house gasses. Those in turn caused the available land to be ruined and incapable of supporting a large human population, while melting polar ice caused the ocean to cover most of the planet. Another well meaning scientist released a mutagenic virus into the human population giving some of the resultant offspring the ability to survive in the ocean. Over the past century and a half they have created thriving colonies based around living reefs. Those colonies are now in danger from a human who has decided to finish what the first scientist started.
The story follows Ocypode, an Atavism or genetic throwback, neither Aquarian or Human, and the human Guardian, Dana, as they race against time and the dangers of this new Earth to protect their colony and the ocean.
This book is so well written that I could taste the saltwater in the air. It was easy to get immersed (pun not intended) into this world. At first it seems nothing more than a pitiful creature against the sad hand dealt to him by life. It quickly moved into one fast paced adventure after another, each with its own emotional tug of war. The basic theme throughout this story is an analogy for the world we live in today. Perceived differences cause so much heartache and tragedy when truthfully those differences are mostly superficial and so much could be accomplished if everyone looked past those differences and worked together.
Later this month I am scheduled to read book 2 of this series and I have to admit it will be difficult for me to stay on track and not read it out of turn. I can hardly wait to see what happens next.
I gratefully received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review
Goodreads Summary: On an Earth ravaged by global warming, human-dolphin hybrids called Aquarians have built thriving reef colonies among the drowned cities of the coast. Now their world is under siege from an enemy whose invisible weapon leaves no survivors. Only Ocypode the Atavism—half-human and half-Aquarian, marooned in the genetic limbo between species—knows why. Disclosing the reason could be as deadly to Aquarius as the Medusa plague itself. Ocypode and his comrades must face the perils of flight into the open ocean, a friend’s betrayal, a killer storm, a lethal kelp forest haunted by mutant monsters, and a fundamental challenge to their most cherished beliefs if they are to have any hope of saving Aquarius from destruction. They must enlist allies of the most unexpected sort from the most unlikely of places. Even then—when confronted by rogue scientists determined to resurrect the land by slaughtering the sea—it may not be enough
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