Buckley, Michael. Undertow. (Book 1 in the Undertow series.) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 376 pgs. $18.99. ISBN:978-0-544-34825-7. Gr. 7+. P8 Q8
America has longed polluted the depths of our unexplored oceans. Lyric Walker is 16 years-old the day she sees the Alpha emerge from our oceans. 30,000 Alpha warriors emerge on Coney Island, driven there by another group of warriors invading and conquering the oceans below. Fathom, is a prince of the five-nation Alpha race, and who the city is trying to segregate into the human world. The prejudice that Fathom and four other beings face, as they attend the high school that Lyric belongs to, reminds me of the segregation of schools in the south by African Americans in the 1960’s. Lyric’s family has a secret that will put her life and her family’s lives in danger as well.
September 2015 review by Carol Bernardi