In this epic sequel to Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God, Megalops, an Aquarian, is driven to madness and revenge by the loss of his family to the redeemers and their Medusa Plague. He finds a way to join with a living reef and spread his quest for revenge throughout the Mother Ocean. Ocypode, Sapiens and their friends must enlist the aid of Elise Leonidas, the ex-wife of Edmund Bryce. They hope with her help to re-engineer the redeemer nanobots to do their job properly and reclaim the planet without sacrificing the ocean. Before they can put their plan into action Megalops unleashes his Vendetta Vaccine on the world using living beings as the carriers. Furthermore he has corrupted his own people and the ocean's creatures to carry out his misguided plan, leaving Aquarius in a bloody civil war. As the resistance fights to keep Aquarius from imploding they must deal with the contingencies he has put into place and the legitimate anger Aquarians feel for the damage done to them and their loved ones by the surface dwellers. It would seem that all out war between the land and ocean is inevitable.
Much like with book 1 of this cycle, I was sucked in hard and fast. It is impossible to not feel the pain and anger of the Aquarians, even knowing that only a few were its cause. It is impossible to not feel the fear and the anger of the surface dwellers who want only to have their planet back to sustainability. This is not a book that is read, much like the joining with the living reefs, it is a physical connection. The characters are so well developed as to not even be characters, but old friends telling their stories. I simply can’t wait to read book 3.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review