I quite like the cover for this book. I’m not sure it does the book justice though. It doesn’t really setup you up for the tension within. The title on the other hand is perfect. This book takes place in a world where the water levels have risen to a point where there is little or no land mass above sea level. I can’t help but make the inevitable reference to Waterworld at this point. That’s kind of how things seemed to me as the book started. As the plot unfolded it became increasingly clear that it was only visually similar to the 1995 blockbuster. This thriller is all about the tension and there is plenty of it. I started to feel a little claustrophobic reading parts of this book. Not quite the stifling insanity of Das Boot but there was the same feeling of being trapped and doomed to a slow and frustrating end.
This is not the kind of mystery that is obvious from the outset and is slowly revealed. There are some real surprises in the plot and it was very difficult to put this book down. This is a polished and thoroughly engaging thriller. The attention to detail, particularly on the survival and nautical aspects are really interesting and even had me going away to read about desalination.
As always with this author the characters have a realism that manages to be gritty and yet hopeful at the same time.
The only negative thing I’d say about this book is that I personally prefer the Cyberpunk books by Mr Barnes.
Overall this is a fresh and thought provoking thriller that showcases the author’s versatility and talent in yet another genre.