After reading the first book, Aquamarin, I had to read this too. The cover is similar to the first one and fits in perfectly. And for all those, who don´t know the author´s name yet, Andreas Eschbach is a German writer, who is also responsible for the great Out-Trilogy. Among other wonderful novels. Almost two years ago I had read the first book and was thrilled. There was action, a struggling main figure, and a secret that gave the story the special something. This second book, Submarin, was far from the intriguing style and story, its predecessor had.

by Andreas Eschbach
Aquamarin Series #2
Publisher Arena on June 19, 2017
Genre Children 14+
Pages 451
Format Hardcover
Source Library

Since Saha has learned of her true origins, everything is different: She is a sea girl, half human, half submarine. Together with her flock of underwater people, she sets off to get acquainted with life in the ocean. The sea is mysterious and beautiful – and when Saha encounters the mysterious prince of the Gray Riders, she is enchanted. Should she ever return to land? But the king of the Shoal has terrible plans for the submarines, and he has thrown his eye on Saha, the mediator between the worlds. When a terrible hunt sets in, it´s suddenly up to her to protect the swarm and make a momentous decision. A decision that could mean the end of all submarines … (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)
Saha is now swimming across the sea to find her father. A man she never knew and is eager to meet. She has so many questions, needs so many things to know, and hopes that she can help others to understand the sea people a bit better. But life at the ocean isn´t all shiny, nice, and as adventurous as she´d thought. And within no time, she is bored and does everything to get some action and life into her life under the surface.

The author hasn´t changed his writing style. This novel is soft, easy to read, and shows at the end of the long-missed action. Saha soon finds out, that underneath the surface life isn´t as easy and great as she always thought. And it is boring. Every day the same things, the same routines, and the same stories. And the fact, that she has no control over time itself and can´t contact her aunt isn´t helpful either. I liked it very much, that the author shows the reader in an entertaining way, that the sea is in danger. That the way how we treat our environment is showing its effects it has on the sea and that we all need to rethink our actions. And still. I was missing something. I missed the tone and plot he had used in his novel Aquamarin. This second book is far from the thrill I had while reading the first book.

The author knows how to show his readers the beauty of the sea, as well as the land Australia is. But some parts of this novel are too long-drawn-out. And some scenes made me ask how in the world can that be, they are underwater. Well, obviously they can. Not logic, but it happened.

It turns out that the sea people see time a bit differently. And that they believe in completely different things than Saha does. Every time she is asking her guide when he will bring her to her father, or help her find information about him, she gets the same unsatisfying answer. That time will help them. Their understanding of what action is is something Saha isn´t happy about. I was impressed by how Saha handled the situation towards the end when she has to find a way to get the people´s attention. The people who don´t know what´s going on under the surface and that the sea is in danger. That was impressive and the location beautiful.

Guess, my expectations were way too high. This novel isn´t as entertaining as the first book has been and I am slightly disappointed. Too many questions stayed unanswered and too many new ones came up and I really hope that the author will give his readers some satisfying answers in the third book. Sad, but this one is only a bit above average for me. Without the great tension, that book one had there is simply no way for me to give it the rating, Aquamarin had deserved.

Happy reading

*This book was, at the time this review was published, only available in the German language.

Andreas Eschbach
Andreas Eschbach ©private

Andreas Eschbach, born in Ulm, Germany, studied Aerodynamics at the Technical University of Stuttgart. With his books, he climbed definitive into the squad of the German Top-Thriller authors. His books for young readers are published at Arena Verlag. In 1996 he won one of the highest awards of German science fiction, the SFCD-Literature Award. And he is prize winner of the great German science fiction award, the Kurd Laßwitz Award, too. Today he is considered to be one of the most successful German SF writers ever. He lives as a freelance writer with his family at the French Atlantic coast.


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