Deep Blue could have been amazing. Donnelly had a pretty good concept going: the world was unique, completely different, and it's obvious lots of planning went into the building – there's a lot of imagery to clearly depict the underwater of the merpeople, the merpeople had their own distinct languages and cultures. The writing, especially the chant during the waterfire and throughout the book by the witches, was poetic and rhythmic.
The execution, however, was poor.
Serafina and her friend, Neela, were faced against formidable odds after Miromara is attacked that could have been really interesting to see them play out. Instead, the two of them run. Throughout the book, they're chased by a person named Traho, who apparently wants them alive for some unknown reason (currently unknown, that is). The two are rescued by the Praedatori, who are apparently a band of protectors who protect the sea from "terragoggs."
Yet, they are attacked. Again. So they run, and get intercepted by Rorrim Drol, the lord of the mirror realm who feeds on fears. And...
Wait for it....
They run again.
|I had to use this.|
|Typical day for Rundus and Sophia|
The world, no matter how unique or different it is, or how there's a variety of imagery, won't account with how there's a bunch of made-up language that would have been extremely hard for me to figure out without the audiobook to help me (no thanks to the accent – accents are NOT fun when the bus is chugging down roads and highways). I did, however, love the songspell (Open Your Eyes by Bea Miller) that accompanies the book.
Deep Blue is definitely different from Donnelly's other books, but with all the running from the attacks and rarely anything being accomplished by the majority of the book, I simply didn't have the patience. If anything, I probably shouldn't have lasted as long as I did.