Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: Afloat

Author: Erin Healy
Pages: 368
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Ebook
Rating: 3 cows

Goodreads Description:

Dark waters are rising.
There’s sabotage lurking in the waters of Eagle’s Talon, an elite floating community designed by gifted architect Vance Nolan. There’s also something else in the water—a mysterious presence friendly to some and hostile to others. And when disaster strikes, not even the saboteur expects it to be the first in a series of crushing blows.
Stranded by a flood and surrounded by unnatural darkness, a limping band of residents, builders, and investors set their sights on escape. Single mom Danielle Clement will do whatever it takes to save her young son Simeon, but she doesn’t know who to follow: her charismatic lover and aspiring politician Tony Dean, who dotes on her and her boy, or the selfless Vance, who promises protection for everyone who stays with him—based on a vision and a faith she doesn’t share.
In this watery world where everyone’s secrets will eventually come to light, survival might have more to do with uncovering the truth than with getting out alive.

Eagle's Talon is a peninsula where there are floating apartments on the water, called Building 12, which is the pride and joy of architect, Vance Nolan and investor, Tony Dean. One day tragedy strikes, and a sinkhole gives way trapping workers and residents from the world. A series of events follow and beliefs and friendships are tested. Nothing and no one is to be trusted.

While I enjoyed Afloat, they were some issues that couldn't be overlooked. First, the story is told from multiple characters' point-of-views, which made it difficult to understand what was happening at times. The transitions from points-of-views were abrupt as well, which was extremely confusing to say the least. Another issue was that the beginning was rather slow paced, and I think this was because of the point-of-views and the confusion it created.

Some of my other major issues had to do with characters, mostly with Danielle Clement and Tony Dean. Tony was a selfish businessman who had no morals at all. He looked out only for his interests’ and committed some unforgivable crimes. Danielle was selfish as well. She was a gold-digger and her actions and choices infuriated me.

My last issue was more of a personal issue. There was a dog involved and I hate when stories, especially stories of survival, include animals. Most of the book I was worried about the dog, Ziggy, and wondering if he would make it out alive.

With all that being said, I did enjoy Afloat. It was suspenseful and yet thought provoking. It is spiritually focused so if you don’t like that, be warned. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a survival story.

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  1. Oooh, I've actually been looking for a survival story to read lately. This one seems interesting, and I don't mind the spirituality really. Thanks for mentioning it! <3

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on my book, Danielle. I appreciate your thoughts.


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