Monday, September 21, 2015

*Review* Rising Tide by T.L. Zalecki

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Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Published: August 4, 2015
Pages: 311
Ages: 14+


Forget whatever you think you know. History has been rewritten, and the future is in peril. 
In a world where rising ocean levels swallow coastal cities and people scramble for resources on an overpopulated earth, the survival of the human race depends on biogenetic research to develop aquatic abilities. The year is 2098, and it has never been more dangerous for the elusive Sirens to be discovered. 
Until now, the Sirens have remained hidden from the human world, inhabiting an obscure, undiscovered island in the Indian Ocean. Amid growing discontent among their youth, the Sirens, led by headstrong Mello Seaford, decide to test the waters of open society by striking a deal with the all-powerful megacorporation, DiviniGen Inc. 
And they risk everything to do it. 
Will the risk prove worth it, or will the Sirens be subjected to the diabolical whims of humanity?
I received a copy of this book because I nominated it for publication through the Kindle Scout program and it was selected for publication. The hope was that I would review it before or on release day; I'm over a month late for that. 
This is a dystopian novel (in my opinion at least) that imagines our world after the polar ice caps have melted, which doesn't seem too far-fetched all things considered. While I was reading, I kind of pictured life to be like like on the ship in Wall-E, but it took place on actual land. Just about anything you could need is a touch of a button away though. Society in Rising Tide is still very capitalistic, so there are some things that are reserved for the wealthy, like the miracle drug that cures most any ailment and truly quality healthcare.
The world building wasn't too involved, but it didn't need to be because the events still take place on Earth. I did feel transported to future Earth, and had no problem visualizing the changes that have occurred to Earth in this story. Additionally, Rodinia sounds like a certifiable paradise regardless of what world you live in. 
My one complaint is that there were several spelling errors in my version of the book, which was downloaded straight from Amazon. However, because I got an early copy, I may not have the finished product, and while I don't remember seeing a notification about an updated version being available, it doesn't mean there wasn't one (I don't pay a whole lot of attention to my emails from Amazon because I get so many with my one click addiction). I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't want to take the time to mark the errors to check either though.
Overall I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars because it felt realistic and sucked me in and kept me engaged in spite of the excessive errors. I would definitely recommend it to dystopian fans. 
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About the Author
T.L. spent several years in the corporate world working with global “megacorps” before moving on to her most important job, raising her two children. During naptime, she created a world to escape to in SIRENS. She enjoys using science to create fantastical fiction, packing sophisticated, sometimes controversial, themes into stories of adventure, and twisting ordinary legends. Book 1 Rising Tide will be followed by Lost World. She lives with her family and some tropical fish in Washington, DC. This is her first novel.

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