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- Publisher: Solaris (3 Mar. 2020)
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- Language: English
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“One of those wonderful books that keeps peeling back layers, not of some cosmic mystery, but of its two main characters. Nicky and Johnny end up being much more complex and ambiguous than they appear at the start of this book, and every reveal is gasp-out-loud astonishing.” -- Charlie Jane Anders
“A perfect balance of thriller, horror and humour; reminded me of The Gone-Away World.” -- Adrian Tchaikovsky
“Premee Mohamed writes with a joyous velocity that careens through genre-lines, whipping the reader helplessly after her. One of the most exciting voices I’ve heard in a long time.” -- John Hornor Jacobs
“Gripping from the first, arresting sentence to the last, this is unsettling, mind-devouring cosmic horror at its best, wrapped around one of those captivating noooo-this-is-a-terrible-idea-but-why-what-noooo relationships.” -- Jeannette Ng
“One of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction.” -- Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“I wish I could provide a short and pithy blurb for this novel, but I can’t. It’s too involving a book, too good a book for that. It quietly drills holes in your expectations, sliding demolitions charges into them, running the wires back to a detonator, and then—when you reach the climax—it quietly says ‘You can’t say you weren’t warned’ (and you were), before quietly leaning on the plunger, at which point, things stop being quiet at all.” -- Jonathan L. Howard
“There’s such a searing clarity to its understanding of the world. It’s loving, too; it’s affectionate of the people and the neuroses and the gentle way we are all damaged. It relishes the few things still beautiful here. Premee is one of the funniest people I know and one of the sweetest; and she reminds me that it is hard not be angry at this world when you love it.” -- Cassandra Khaw
“A galloping global adventure where privilege and the lies we tell others are as great a villainous force as the budding cthulonic forces the heroes must rush to stop.” -- Bo Bolander
“A beautifully constructed Mythos adventure... Mohamed’s writing sings in a hundred small ways.”, Sublime Horror --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Their shared PTSD is just one of the factors in their friendship: they are both tremendous geeks (there are multiple references to the Peter Jackson <i>Lord of the Rings</i> movies, to D&D, to Superman and <i>Pulp Fiction</i> and <i>Jurassic Park</i>) and they trash-talk one another constantly. Nick is the first to know when Johnny makes a ground-breaking discovery that promises clean, free energy. But her latest invention draws unwanted attention -- and Nick realises that there are things Johnny's never told him, secrets that dwarf Nick's unrequited crush on her.
This is a world whose history is not quite our own. In September 2001, for example -- a year or so before the events of <i>Beneath the Rising</i> -- two planes were hijacked and <u>almost</u> hit the World Trade Centre. And it is a world transformed by Johnny's inventions: cures for HIV and Alzheimers, alternatives to plastic, housing for disaster zones, molecular recycling...
But Johnny has paid, and is paying, for her gifts, and the price is appalling. Cosmic horrors are gathering at the edges of the human world, seeking a way in. Only Johnny and Nick can avert disaster -- or so Johnny claims. Nick, stumbling after his friend on a hectic quest that takes them from Canada to Morocco to Iraq and onward into the ancient places of the earth, can't figure out how he can possibly be part of the solution.
Premee Mohamed's <i>The Apple Tree Throne</i> was a highlight of last year's reading for me, hence my requesting <i>Beneath the Rising</i> for review. The two are very different books: both are emotionally subtle and written with precision, but here the story is on a far broader canvas, and the underlying secrets more epic. That said, I found the relationship between Johnny and Nick seized my attention in a way that the cosmic battle for the future of humanity did not. It's refreshing to see a friendship treated this seriously: it's horrific to see the foundations of that friendship.
Thanks to NetGalley for my advance review copy, in exchange for this honest review.
It's the story of two teenagers, Nick and Johnny, bound together as children by being the lone survivors of a mass shooting and whose relationship from then onwards is completely tangled up with their lives. Nick is struggling to get by, as is his whole family, while Johnny is a child prodigy and responsible for a wide variety of inventions that have effectively helped to change the world. When her latest invention seems to rip apart the barrier between this world and another, Nick ends up on the run with her across a number of countries, in search of a way to close the rift that has opened.
As a plot, the whole concept works well, especially as Nick discovers during their journey together that there's way more going on than he's aware of. He's always thought of Johnny as being brilliant, only to discover that she had made a metaphorical deal with the devil to get that brilliance and is paying for it with her life. While he's in love with Johnny, she doesn't seem to even like him very much, even though again we discover there's much more (from her perspective, at least) to their relationship than that.
Beneath the Rising kept my interest all the way through, though I'm not sure if it really worked for me as a whole - the ending certainly didn't really resolve anything and I'm not sure if it convinced me. I suppose part of the problem was empathising with the two main characters, with both of them being quite self-absorbed even when the world wasn't in jeopardy. So this is probably another one of those books where I'll keep an eye out for more from this author but won't bother re-reading.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.
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I went into the book completely unaware of its story or even genre - it was recommended by so many great writers, and the author is fun to follow on Twitter.
One of the most delicious things about this novel are bits of history, geography and myth mentioned almost as throwaways, as background. Moved me to do a lot of fascinating research. And to feel very in-crowd when I recognized references and allusions.
This is great modern Cthulhu mythos material. Great for teens, great for adults.
And maybe the whole book's most important lesson is it's always harder to be brown in this world than it can possibly be to be white. It's not belabored. It's just made absolutely clear.
Anyway, this book was incredible and you should most certainly read it.
It does not disappoint. It is an eldrich delight. Her humor and world view are open and present and give the story a unique voice.
This is a terrific debut and I cannot wait to see where her future books go.