Submerged by Nicole Soban
Published: February 14, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
My Rating: 9/10
After a mysterious virus makes its way into the United States, the government demands that states seal themselves off from one another and do their best to protect their surviving residents. When the state of Florida is bordered off from the surrounding states, Taylen Fincher, a seventeen-year-old girl with a yearning for her former life finds herself wondering how much of what they’ve been told is true.
When Troum took control of the state, he told the residents that the other states had fallen to the virus and that he wouldn’t allow the same thing to happen to them. But Taylen doesn’t believe it. She insists that there is still life outside of the state, and she is going to do whatever it takes to prove it… but her actions will cost her more than she ever expected. Troum kidnaps Taylen’s sister, Penelope, in hopes of coaxing her into behaving – into being a submissive resident, much like the others. But Taylen isn’t one to give in that easily. Eager to rescue her sister, Taylen will set out on an adventure that’ll force her to open her heart to the unexpected and to uncover secrets that will change everything.
I love Submerged. If you paid attention to my currently reading tab, you know I finished Submerged in a day. There's something about it that I can't quite put my finger on. So I'll just talk about why I like it, and maybe we'll get somewhere.
I definitely like Taylen. Taylen is so strong and fierce. Like another version of Katniss, just a little more ruthless. I'm not kidding. Taylen actually scares me. Through the book, we discover she will stop at nothing to protect those that she loves, and get back the home she once knew. A lot of times during the book, Taylen would do foolish things more based on emotion than anything, and I'd be like, "What are you doing Taylen?!" She never failed to keep me on my toes.
The overall world created in Submerged is awesome. I haven't read much dystopian stuff, but what I have read has been quite the cliche. Not Submerged. Every page of Submerged is an original idea. Not only that, but it's action packed. Literally the entire novel is the climax. I doubt you'll ever get bored.
Although I'm making this novel seem like a ruthless adventure, there's also some romance in it. I won't give anything away, but let's just say that I was surprised. A lot.
Once again, I love Submerged. I guess I haven't really found that one big reason, though. Whatever. All I know is the Hunger Games is in serious danger of not remaining my favorite book anymore.
Let me share my favorite Submerged quotes with you! And enter the giveaway below to win your own copy of Submerged.
"My life was on the line, but it was the closest I'd come to feeling alive, free, since Troum and his men had arrived."
"I can't let you go Taylen, because your the only thing I have worth living for."
"...I began to understand that nothing had changed. He was still a guard. He still answered to Troum. I was nothing to him. I would continue being nothing to him."
"In that moment, I felt powerful. I felt dangerous. I felt hope that maybe, just maybe, I could do this."
"It sounded easy enough, but nothing was ever that simple."