Submerge Yourself in “The Vicious Deep”

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After being swept out to sea for three days by a tidal wave, there’s really no reason for him to be alive. Technically speaking, he’s a walking- or swimming- miracle.

After being swept out to sea for three days by a tidal wave, there’s really no reason for him to be alive. Technically speaking, he’s a walking- or swimming- miracle. And a merman.
In Zoraida Córdova’s “The Vicious Deep,” Tristan Hart’s world is turned upside-down with the discovery of his tail. Soon, he is drawn into a contest that will decide the Sea King’s heir. But with his limited knowledge of the sea and life as a “merdude,” his high school and swim team duties (along with his unique “cousins” who are almost begging to be revealed as merfolk), a complex love life, and an evil sea witch after him, the odds are quite frankly against him.
“The Vicious Deep,” with its relatable, dynamic characters and thrilling plot, is an excellent book. However, there is a good deal of swearing and generally inappropriate language, as well as adult-themed content. Therefore, I would not feel comfortable recommending this book to anyone under the age of twelve, though I feel it caters more to 13- or 14-year-olds (or older).
Overall, “The Vicious Deep,” the first book in a trilogy (the second book, “The Savage Blue,” came out in May), is quite a masterpiece and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of twelve. If you’re looking for a well-written novel with edge-of-your-seat action and wonderful characters, you should definitely read this book!