ARC Review: The Deep by Jen Minkman

Title: The Deep (The Island #3)
Author: Jen Minkman
Publication: June 3rd 2014
Genre: YA Dystopia
Source: Provided by the kind author...

‘The world is never-ending.
I never realized just how much space there is – how far and wide the water around our island stretches out. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I may have believed that a second Wall ran around Tresco, containing the infinite waters so we wouldn't all wash over the edge and plummet down into the depths.’

Leia and Walt are on their way to the Other Side, where the legendary land of Cornwall awaits them. Tony, their new friend, has told them that all wars of the past have been forgotten and the citizens of Bodmin and Dartmoor live in peace. People adhere to the tenets of an old religion that preaches forgiveness and non-violence.
However, Walt and Leia soon discover that even a peace-loving, ideal society like this one may have its flaws. While on a forbidden trip to Exeter, the old city of their ancestors, the two Islanders discover more about the new world than they ever bargained for.

Secrets run dark and passions run deep in this thrilling conclusion to the Island novella series.

-- My Rating --
4/5 Oscars: Really liked it

-- My Thoughts --

    I read the first and second book in this series a while ago. And I loved the short way the author describes her surroundings. But I didn't expect the third book to be a long novel, in contrast to the other two, which were novellas.
     Leia and Walt are now on the way away from their island. To an unknown world. The horizons are limitless but there is much danger waiting for them. And the line between enemies and friends is getting more harder to determine. Alisa is one the island, changed after the truths that have been exposed until she meets Saul, the tortured previous-leader of the Unbelievers.
     The world-building is much more prominent in this sequel than the others, because there are different worlds to discover and many more details to be fulfilled. Although it is not as detailed as I hoped it would be, it was still enjoyable. There was a lot of potential and the author definitely took advantage of that and succeeded in it.
     The characters; we have four main characters to keep track of, but it is never confusing. We have Leia, our MC from the first book, and Walt, our MC from the second book. But we also have Alisa and Saul. The strange thing is; i felt like I connected much more with Alisa and Saul than with the other couple. They were so adorable and lovely.
     The romance plays an important part in this story and it's really beautiful. We're already familiar with the Leia and Walt love story. So it was refreshing to see them go farther in this novel. Then, the romance between Alisa and Saul, is so new and with tension. It's really believable and lovely.
     This was a very enjoyable read. I loved reading it and the ending was really fulfilling. No loose ends. I loved that. Finally, if you like a plot-oriented, romantic love story, then this is for you!

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