AUDIENCE: Adult and Young Adult
LENGTH: 400 pages (80-100k words)
EDITOR: Marcus Trower
COVER DESIGN: James at GoOnWrite
“It was a gloomy, overcast darkness, the kind that led some people to despair and others to fight for new ways to survive.”
You don’t have to venture far below the surface of Seabound's storyline to discover that Esther is a bright light in a gloomy, post-apocalyptic world. This quick-witted, imaginative young woman is one of 1,003 survivors who have been living on a repurposed cruise ship for the 16 years since a volcanic catastrophe left behind a “curtain of ash that filled the atmosphere” and kept the world in “perpetual shades of gray.” Esther has grown up aboard the Catalina, and now her progressive mindset and natural propensity for the “careful, dirty work of a mechanic” keeps the cruise ship-turned-city afloat and functioning.
Through Esther, we learn the crucial different between “rider” and “runner” storms, experience “Rust!” and “Salt!” as expletives, discover her father Simon’s leadership role in Catalina history and witness shifting loyalties, trusted bonds and increasingly strained relationships.
When a momentary attention lapse makes Esther responsible for a water tank explosion that puts everyone on the Catalina in jeopardy, Esther knows she only has a few days to remedy a life-threatening situation. Her hope that the sprawling, seemingly hospitable Galaxy Flotilla will be able to provide the materials Catalina needs soon dissolves as Esther discovers there is something suspicious about the true intention of this floating metropolis.
The quick-paced story is fueled by an adeptly realized sense of place, a powerful undercurrent of emotional nuance, vibrant details, a cast of complex characters and no shortage of seriously suspenseful situations. We follow Esther to the novel’s heart-pounding climax as she tries to save the people she loves by believing in herself, forming unexpected alliances and allowing herself to trust the magnetic connection she feels to a man she’s just met.
My original plan? To read Seabound over the long Thanksgiving weekend. I soon discovered that this novel wouldn’t settle for being a leisurely read and soon found myself sneaking off to read pages between mashing the potatoes and setting the table. At dinner, I was sharing Esther’s adventures with my family as if telling them about a friend.
Rivet is an adept raconteur who does more than make her characters, their connection to each other and their circumstances engaging; she makes them irresistible.
Read Seabound. Read it now. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200. You won't have time for board games (or much of anything else) once you start reading this book, and you won't want it to end.
Five stars - TOP PICK!
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Yvonne Lieblein writes poetry and fiction from her seaside village home in Greenport, NY. She’s written a novel with a musical soundtrack, The Wheelhouse Café, and is co-creator of theBOOKPROJECT, a novel night out where book lovers meet. Yvonne also brings two decades worth of high-octane experiences as an entrepreneur to her work as a catalyst, compass and champion who helps people define and achieve success on their own terms. You can find her at yvonnelieblein.com.