Review: Seabound by Jordan Rivet

About the book:

Esther has lived on a cruise ship for sixteen years, ever since she fled an apocalyptic catastrophe with a handful of desperate survivors. Now she works as a ship’s mechanic and dreams of a life beyond her floating small town.

When disaster strikes the water system on Esther’s watch, she’s thrust into an adventure that will threaten the lives of everyone she loves. In danger of running out of drinking water, Esther and her friends sail for a mysterious floating metropolis called the Galaxy Flotilla. The flotilla’s residents—including their handsome and enigmatic spokesman—parade their lives of luxury before the newcomers, but they’ll want something in return for their warm welcome.

Esther doesn’t trust the elegant Galaxy inhabitants, and she may be the only one who sees the threats lurking beneath the surface. When a sudden storm reveals a new peril, Esther will risk everything to save her friends—and her ship—before the sea claims them at last.

Review by Katy Haye:

Seabound is a glorious post-apocalyptic story. The backstory is a massive volcanic eruption in North America which our heroine escaped by fleeing onto a cruise ship with her father. Sixteen years later and they are still floating, and just managing to survive. I absolutely loved the waterlogged world and the community on board ship.

Esther was an excellent viewpoint character, too. Whilst determined and capable (an engineer by trade – love me a STEM female!), she was also capable of making mistakes and digging herself into a big, fat hole.

The drama was plotted beautifully. Danger twisted and swelled and intensified. Life on board ship was visceral and real and there was a creeping sense of things being wrong which solidified slowly.

The ending for Esther and her friends was triumphant with a promise of more to come. I can’t wait!

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. New series, Princess Witch, releases in January with book 1, Dragon Thief. If you like magic, danger, deadly royals and heroines who won’t accept their fates tamely, Dragon Thief is the book for you!

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