Happy Tuesday y’all! I have been in such a reading/reviewing slump lately- mainly because I started reading an eARC a couple of weeks ago and I had a really hard time getting into it and I’m still only about 30% into it and I’m about to DNF it. That has nothing to do with this book, because I loved both The Light at the Bottom of the World and Journey to the Heart of the Abyss, but that’s why I’ve been kinda MIA for a little while.
ANYWAY, back to more important things! Happy release day to Journey to the Heart of the Abyss and thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me as a part of their Journey to the Heart of the Abyss tour and thank you so much to LBYR for sponsoring this tour! Make sure y’all check out all of the other great stops on this tour too!
Journey to the Heart of the Abyss 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
The sequel to London Shah’s thrilling futuristic mystery The Light at the Bottom of the World, perfect for fans of Illuminae and These Broken Stars
Leyla McQueen has finally reunited with her father after breaking him out of Broadmoor, the illegal government prison—but his freedom comes at a terrible cost. As Leyla celebrates his return, she must grapple with the pain of losing Ari. Now separated from the boy who has her heart and labeled the nation’s number one enemy, Leyla must risk illegal travel through unchartered waters in her quest for the truth behind her father’s arrest.
Across Britain, the fallout from Leyla’s actions has escalated tensions between Anthropoid and non-Anthropoid communities, bringing them to an all-time high. And, as Leyla and her friends fight to uncover the startling truths about their world, she discovers her own shocking past—and the horrifying secrets behind her father’s abduction and arrest. But as these long-buried truths finally begin to surface, so, too, do the authorities’ terrible future plans. And if the ever-pervasive fear prevents the people from taking a stand now, the abyss could stay in the dark forever.
Oh this book was soooo good! I loved book one (The Light at the Bottom of the World) and it ended on that incredible cliffhanger, so reading this book was all I wanted! It gave me all the great scenes I could have wanted with all of my favorite characters and it was full of so much action! There were so many amazing twists and turns and it was honestly just such a fun read! I highly recommend it- and if y’all haven’t read The Light at the Bottom of the World, 1) what are you doing? Go read it now! and 2) you’ve completely spoiled yourself for the ending, but so much happened during it that you need to know about, so again, go read it now! I really love the world that London Shah built in these books- the whole idea of the world being submerged underwater and living through that and traveling via sub is so cool to me!
Top 5 reasons to read Journey to the Heart of the Abyss
- Oscar: When you have a sassy, hologram of a navigator, what else do you need in a book? I loved how much of an integral part of the book he was in both book one and book two and everyone who loved him in book one is bound to love all of his antics (and his little crush on a new character) in book two!
- Tabby and Theo: We got to see our favorite twins again, and let’s be real, they’re for sure one of my favorite parts of this duology!
- The Setting: The way that London Shah writes our world underwater, with buildings being taken over by fish and seaweed and things eating dolls/coming out of their heads is so vivid- this is by far one of my favorite worlds that I’ve ever read.
- Amphis: In this book, they start calling the Anthropoids Amphis and they go into more detail about them and who they are and Leyla meets so many of them and it’s so great. I really liked them and I would love the ability to breathe under water!
- And of course, Ari: I couldn’t create this list without my favorite character! I love Ari and I was devastated when he was captured at the end of book one, so I loved how in this book, Leyla and her papa go and find his family and you get to know more about him and then you find out more about the PM and Captain Sebastian’s plans and Leyla’s on all of these great big adventures (and of course, you’ll just have to read the book to see if Ari’s a part of them or not).
About the Author:
London Shah is a British Muslim of Pashtun ethnicity. She has lived in Britain’s capital for most of her life, via England’s beautiful North. On any given day she can be found daydreaming of a different past, an alternate present, or some surreal future. She enjoys drinking copious amounts of tea, eating all the sweets and cakes, strolling through Richmond Park or along the Thames, getting lost on an evening in the city’s older, darker alleyways—preferably just after it’s rained—listening to punk rock, and losing herself in a fab SFF book or film. The Light at the Bottom of the World is her debut novel. The sequel Journey to the Heart of the Abyss releases 26.10.21.