Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review Tour & Giveaway: Rising Tides by Katy Haye

Book Blurb:

The truth won’t stay submerged forever.

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 …

Release Date: June 20th 2016

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Dystopian, Steampunk, Survival--

In the future, the ocean has risen and the land has disappeared. Scrapped together from metal recovered from the ocean floor, City thrives. Nautilus men have been engineered, men who have implants surgically placed that allow them to breath in the ocean to salvage the remains on the ocean floor. Liberty is an apprentice to her father, the most important surgeon in the city who also invented Nautilus men. When a stranger shows up at their door prepared to undergo the surgery, Liberty knows something is wrong. This act sets off a chain of events that change everything Liberty thought she knew about the world.

I was sooo excited to get the opportunity to read this book. I grew up obsessively watching the movie Waterworld so I was thrilled to get my hands on this story which I kinda sorta figured would be the same basis for a story. Well, I was not wrong in regards to some basics- men who breathe under water due to gills (be it mutation or implantation), a jerky male lead who needs to help save the day, a world covered in sea water with diminishing civility. There were some big differences in the basic plot points but the premise proved to be just what I wanted.

I was intrigued by the mish-mash world the author created. There was a very strong Victorian/Steampunk feel to the story with the idea of women and marriage as well as the gadgets but then there were also modern references and ideas thrown around such as surgical techniques and canned food. It was like the world ends so the survivors revert to old simpler ways but with random bits of technology. I thought it was a very cool idea and I totally ran with it.

I was not a huge fan of Liberty when she was introduced. She was cold and analytical, not really wanting to interact with anyone. She looked at her standing in society as with great importance and decided on her potential suitor not by her feelings (which were none) but by his position as being worthy to hers. Cosimo was treated fairly scummy by her, and yes I know he did not try to help her impression of him, but she did not like him based on elitist attitudes not actual info. I was impressed by her skills and her cool head. The two of them did develop more as the book progressed and I came to appreciate Liberty and her analytical mind.

The book ended as if this could be a standalone, but there are enough questions hanging over the story that a second/series could be forth coming. Overall this was a really interesting concept for a book and I am glad I got the opportunity to read it.

I received this title from the author in return for my honest review

Author Bio:

Katy Haye spends most of her time in imaginary worlds - her own or someone else's. She has afearsome green tea habit, a partiality for dark chocolate brazils and a fascination with the science of storytelling.

You can find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and her website


Giveaway Opportunity:

Win a book-lover's survival kit.

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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