Today is my day for The Light at the Bottom of the World blog tour. Today I am going to be sharing some reasons as to why you all need to go read this book!
Trust me, you all need to read it! I read it recently and I absolutely loved it! My full review will be up soon.
Before I share why you should read it, let me share what this book is about:
At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.
Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.
When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.
Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–and her father might be lost forever.
So, why should you read it, I hear you ask…well here’s some reasons why:
1 It’s a diverse ownvoices book – The main character is a British Muslim of Afghan heritage, which is the same as the author, London. The whole book is full of diverse characters and I loved seeing that and it was completely normal. I especially loved how despite everyone has to live underwater the communities remain diverse.
2 The incredible worldbuilding – Look, I hate going in open water but reading this book I just wanted to go exploring! The world is incredibly detailed and unique as our cities are all underwater. I could imagine everything and it felt like I was right there with Leyla. The places that Leyla travels to, SO BEAUTIFUL.
3 The intrigue, mystery and plot twists – I did not see those plot twists coming! I was shaken at the revelations, yet the foreshadowing was there, I knew something was up but I still did not expect that! There is so much intrigue and mystery as Leyla learns new things so do we and it just made the story more intense and unputdownable!
4 About family and hope – This book centres around family and love and the hope that they give each other. It was lovely to see that the MC has a wonderful relationship with her dad. We need more books with great parent relationships!
5 Enemies to lovers – I love me a good enemies to lovers trope! I love the constant bickering and banter and the fact that OBVIOUSLY like each other but won’t admit it! It’s done SO WELL here.
So here are 5 reasons why you should read The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah.
It’s releasing tomorrow so make sure you go and pick up a copy!