Undertow by Michael BuckleyUndertow by Michael Buckley

Undertow

byMichael Buckley

Paperback | June 7, 2016

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"There's enough action, romance, and high-stakes drama to keep a wide array of readers interested." -Booklist
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Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker's life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world's initial awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Coney Island 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 wonder: 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.


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Michael Buckley 's two middle grade series, the Sisters Grimm and NERDS, have sold more than 2.5 million copies. He has also worked as a stand-up comic, television writer, pasta maker, and a singer in a punk rock band. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit his website at www.michaelbuckleywrites.com.
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Title:UndertowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.03 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544813197

ISBN - 13:9780544813199

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Last of the series I felt that this was a good finale to the series. The ending was a little rushed, but overall still a good addition
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh It was alright, but took me forever to get into. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Intoxicating and Thrilling Urban-Fantasy! "Undertow" with its underlying theme of racism and resulting violence is a blend of urban-fantasy and romance with a high level of suspense and intrigue that takes place on Coney Island after the arrival of a race of ocean dwellers -Alphas - have made their home on the beach. The government tries to integrate the new species into human society with the assimilation of some of their young people into John F. Hylan High School but the plan fosters a dangerous atmosphere when the small town's rebellion creeps into the school infecting the students. To try and assuage the problem sixteen year old Lyric Walker is recruited to help Fathom, the Titon prince assimilate into the school, only to become infatuated with the young warrior. But, with Lyric's background and the mounting violence and tension in the community any hope of having a relationship is undermined, especially when she discovers he already has a girlfriend. The imaginative plot is set on Coney Island which has become a military zone when thirty thousand Alphas take up resident in a tent city on the beach. Their nonhuman appearance, strange abilities and warrior lifestyle breeds paranoia, prejudice and violence in the community creating a dangerous landscape that could ignite easily as the aggression of locals begins to ramp up. The plot, reminiscent of the television program "Star-Crossed" is fast-paced and action-packed with each confrontation, and war looms with a vicious new enemy intent on destroying both societies. Emotionally-charged and exciting the story grips the reader as Lyric struggles not only to become the person she's destined to be, but to rationalize her feelings for a prince who's forbidden. Cleverly Michael Buckley escalates the intensity and suspense with not only military action, the heightened radicalism of Governor Bachman, but with a new enemy more lethal and threatening than anyone could have imagined. Even the explosive climax keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and begs for another chapter in this captivating tale. The story is rich in unforgettable and complex characters that add passion, energy and realism to the drama. Lyric Walker born of Alpha blood, but without the speed and strength keeps a low profile hoping to escape the military zone with her mother, father and best friend Bex . She's reckless, impulsive at times but her commonsense and determination keep her grounded even when hanging out with bad-boy, mean-spirited and cocky Gabriel Bowen. In contrast Bex Conrad plagued by abuse at home is a broken teen who's saved only by Lyric's loyalty and Shadow's love. Tito (Shadow) Ramirez, Bex's loving protector is kind, amiable and talented unlike the Alpha crown prince who's moody, stubborn and defiant. Fathom is a skilled and dangerous warrior who's obedient to his prime until faced with killing the young woman he loves. I thoroughly enjoyed "Undertow" which is imaginative and gritty; the conflict between races and the forbidden romance between Lyric and Fathom intoxicating. I look forward to the next book in this riveting series.
Date published: 2015-05-15

Editorial Reviews

Undertow overflows with innovative, terrifying monsters - human, emotional and undersea. Landmark Coney Island becomes a dystopian state where two different species battle for dominance, and Lyric Walker is both a unique, quirky heroine and a fearless crusader. Allegorical and romantic, the book nevertheless reads like an action movie with especially awesome CGI." - E. Lockhart , author of We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks " Undertow crashes over you in waves of emotion, allowing glimpses of family and loyalty, before dragging you into the depths of human prejudice, cultural mistrust, and political corruption. Once you resurface, you'll view the world through different eyes." -A.G. Howard , author of the critically acclaimed Splintered Series " Undertow will unexpectedly grab hold and pull you out into a world of epic romance and gritty suspense. A must-read tale of how love can survive under the most dangerous circumstances. It will leave you gasping for air, and for more." -Tonya Hurley , NYT bestselling author of the ghostgirl series and The Blessed Trilogy "A gritty, turbulent novel as sweeping and deep as the ocean itself. UNDERTOW will pull you in and hold you down." -Rebecca Serle , author of When You Were Mine, and The Edge of Falling "Lyric is a girl's girl-as savvy as she is soulful, as sharp as she is tender. Lyric's fierce, distinctive voice is the core magnetic force of UNDERTOW, and why we will all be stampeding for more."- Adele Griffin , author of All You Never Wanted and The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone * "Sharp political commentary and strong parallels to the treatment of minorities in the U.S. ground the world in reality, while the well-rounded and ethnically diverse supporting cast will cause readers to root for them? the breathtaking action and cliff-hanger conclusion will leave teens desperate for more." - School Library Journal, starred review "There are some nice parallels to the civil rights movement and school integration in this novel, but the real attraction for most readers will be the romance and action, both of which are in high supply? should please readers looking supernatural romance with a bit of a twist." -VOYA "Civilization's end is fast and furious in Michael Buckley's Undertow. Cut your nails before reading or you will find yourself biting them off." -Campus Circle "Readers will find themselves immersed in this semi-edgy, race-against-the-clock world that's waiting to implode." -Kirkus "Buckley packs this propulsive novel with one walloping scene after another, and there's enough action, romance, and high-stakes drama to keep a wide array of readers interested." -Booklist "Buckley draws clear parallels between the vicious anti-Alpha attitudes and existing racial and ethnic prejudices? A fascinating, engaging, and tense tale, and a strong start to the series." -Publishers Weekly "