Review: Undertow by Micheal Buckley

UndertowTitle: Undertow (Book 1)

Average rating: 3.87

My rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Author: Micheal Buckley

Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

I recently talked about this book in my last (and first) Library Haul. I spoke of picking up this book because it reminded me of Obsidian. The summery seemed to have foreshadowed a love interest that isn’t human, far from the nice boy next door, yet still has a soft spot for the main character. Classic Daemon Black. Well I hope I didn’t get you too excited, cause this was no Lux doppelganger *Sigh*. Though I have to say, I still really enjoyed the book.

Undertow is an easy read that contains no dull moments. Lyric, the main character, is your typical Katniss Everdeen: strong, brave, and protective of her family and friends. I often found the sacrifices Lyric takes to assure that her best friend Bex stays out of an abusive home really admirable.

I must ask though, is it in the YA author’s hand book that every good book has to include at least one tragic death? If so, let me tell you, I don’t approve.

In the end, despite that, I totally recommend this book.

See you at the book store,



4 thoughts on “Review: Undertow by Micheal Buckley

  1. This one sounds quite interesting, love the look of the set up of the underwater worlds – I’ll have to check out Lux as well if it has a similar premise!


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