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Raging Sea
ISBN: 9780544348448
Author: Buckley, Michael
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: February 2016
Retail: $18.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Nearly everyone that Lyric Walker loves is either missing or presumed dead and it is up to Lyric to unite the Alpha before the second wave of a cataclysmic invasion wipes out mankind for good.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" L x 1.50" W
Bargain Category: Science Fiction, High School, Fantasy
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring)
After Coney Island was ravaged by sea creatures (Undertow), half-mermaid Lyric, fleeing human authorities, searches for the facility where her parents are imprisoned--and then must escape from it herself. Moral questions surrounding how enemies are defined and fought deepen the world-building, but this middle volume spends more time resolving past conflicts and setting up new ones than developing its own arc. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 March)

Gr 9 Up—Buckley, who dove into the YA world with last year's Undertow (HMH, 2015), continues his scary mermaid dystopia, an allegory for the current American political scene, in this fast-paced follow-up. The story begins where the previous installment left off, with half-Alpha Lyric Walker and her companions on the run from government forces. After the destruction of Coney Island and massive loss of life, which occurs in the previous volume, Lyric has been branded a terrorist, with the entire nation eager for her capture. Determined to free her family from their captivity, Lyric journeys across the Texan landscape, meeting new allies and facing off with all manner of foes. Plot twists come quickly, but some of them rely on a lack of common sense from a previously sensible protagonist, which can distract from the story. Lyric may be the only teen in America who has never seen a crime procedural and is unaware that authorities can track locations through a phone's GPS. The violence inflicted on the captive Alpha at the government facility Tempest can be gruesome, even when it is merely described after the fact, and the government brings nothing but strife to its citizens in this version of the United States. It's a bleak view of the world, which may resonate with politically aware teen readers. Like its predecessor, the book ends with an epic battle and loss of life. VERDICT Fans of the first title will clamor for this sequel, but the harsh world and large cast of characters may keep new readers from this volume.—Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla, Darien Library, CT

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