Buckley, Michael Heart of the Storm (Undertow #3), 304 pages. Houghton Mifflin, 2017. $19. Language: PG -13 (30 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (unwed pregnancy); Violence: PG-13 (lots of violent fighting, death)
Lyric Walker was held captive by the insane Minerva at the edge of the Great Abyss for three months. After she discovers the truth of Minerva’s plan and the great evil that awaits in the abyss to be unleashed on the human race, she escapes with the help of Hulk. While all she wants is to disappear into obscurity at some place far from any ocean, she in the flashpoint for everything on land and sea. If she can’t pull in together and lead the charge, then the human race and the other ocean races are doomed to destruction.
Lyric’s story takes an unexpected turn when the ultimate enemy is revealed. The flashbacks between the present and Lyric’s captivity are certainly gripping. However, the resolution comes so swiftly and easily that I have reread it three times now and still can’t believe that is all it took to defeat them. If this were a stand-alone, I wouldn’t bother with it. Because it is the third in the series, you can’t get away from purchasing it.
MS, HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher