Waiting On Wednesday: Undertow by Michael Buckley

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases that we're excited about! It's a fun way to share with others the books that you're eagerly awaiting to be released and you are excited about. This week's pre-publication that "I-Can't-Wait-To-Read" selection is:


by Michael Buckley
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
Young Adult / Dystopian
HMH Books for Young Readers


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.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.

UNDERTOW almost slipped past my notice as the cover (possibly not final) seemed more suited towards YA Contemporary about summer and romance. Wow, wait a moment here ... this is about the arrival of an ocean-dwelling warriors caste, it's about  "a 16-year-old girl is caught in an epic clash of civilizations when a society of undersea warriors march out of the ocean into modern-day Coney Island." Okay, I'm listening. It promises action, star-crossed romance, and themes of race and belonging surrounded by pulse attacking action.  Yes,  I'm very intrigued and excited for this upcoming title!!