Abyss Surrounds Us, The

Emily Skrutskie
For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the giant, genetically engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup and teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea. Praise:"[A] fresh and fascinating look at a lawless future."―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Reviewed: 2021-02-03
It's been a while since I got sucked into a book, but this was a good one to bounce back in! I can't believe this is Skrutskie's first book - I thought it was really well done. I have some Feelings about choices at the end of the book, but I'll wait until I finish The Edge of the Abyss before I pass judgement on those.
Reviewed: 2018-07-24

I greatly enjoyed this book. It was an interesting mix of predictability and fresh ideas. I can't really put my finger on what kept me turning the pages even though I predicted most of the plot within the first 8ish chapters, but it was good.

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