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rising tide book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

While science fiction isn’t a genre I delve into all that often, Rising Tide by T.L. Zalecki caught my attention immediately, first for its intriguing cover and second for its futuristic setting and tie-in with a human-like species that seemingly exists undetected by humans underneath the ocean.

First of all, Zalecki is talented at world building. The year 2098 is vividly described with tons of details that were thoughtfully considered. Likewise, each of the characters I was introduced to had clearly developed personalities and motives for their actions. I enjoyed the presence of a strong and capable female lead character (Lorel), and felt great sympathy for Mello, leader of the Sirens who is tricked and betrayed by humankind. No wonder why the Sirens did not make their presence known to humans until now, right?

As I first began reading Rising Tide, I was intrigued and would eagerly pick up the book every spare moment that I had. But as the book progressed, I started to get lost in the timeline. The organization of the chapters was quite confusing, even toward the beginning. For example, chapter seven occurs one month after the previous chapter, and then chapter eight takes place one month earlier. The only saving grace with these time jumps back and forth is that each chapter is from a different character’s perspective, making it a little easier to follow. However, if you’re the type of reader that doesn’t have a lot of time to devote to reading or who often switches back and forth between books, you might find yourself completely lost after a while.

This is actually where I failed as a reader. Attempting to finish the book during the week of Thanksgiving had a strong impact on my ability to stay focused on the characters and their plights; I constantly had to step away from the book to focus on other tasks. I encourage anyone who chooses to read Rising Tide to learn from my mistake and give this creative and intriguing book what it deserves: undivided attention.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by T.L. Zalecki. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.