Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
Published by: Subterranean Press on April 6, 2015
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
The Imagine Network delivers the next generation of reality programming. They embrace that reality television doesn’t really reflect reality. And to add to the drama, they often stage events to hook their viewers.
The voyage of the Atargatis is to be one of Imagine Network’s great successes. They’ve set out to prove the existence of mermaids, after all. Of course, the only mermaids they expect to discover are the costumed ones they have on board.
Perhaps the network’s executives never heard that one should aways “be careful what you wish for…”
Another story with mermaids, continuing what has become quite the trend over the past couple of years in science fiction. I’d ask if it’s something readers are really fascinated with, but we keep seeing it, so there must be enough interest out there. And while I’d like to see some more variety, I have to admit this one is well-written.
This isn’t a long story, and it actually reads shorter than it is. The pacing is excellent–never dragging and varied enough to keep the reader hooked. I read it in e-book format, so I was surprised when I went back and looked at the official word count. If you look for books that are quick and engaging, this one should be on your list.