Review: Waterfall

Waterfall by Lauren Kate
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth and now Atlantis is rising, along with its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him – but first she must learn how to fight.

She travels across the ocean with Ander to try and make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created. But dark secrets are hidden in the depths – will she be strong enough to defeat Atlas, or is her broken heart just what he needs to power his rising kingdom?

Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up on everything – even love . . .

As much as I loved the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, this series has been an utter disappointment. I can’t love the characters, I find the pace a tad slow, the plot line has a lot of unexplained occurrences and none of these can be fully redeemed by the author’s writing. She writes beautifully, I agree, but the angst levels in this book and it’s earlier one has been a major turn-off for me. First we had two guys after her, now we have three. Eureka mostly comes across as self-absorbed, and doesn’t care much of other characters. Excessive self-pity (though it works for the story-line in ways I didn’t imagine) would sort of be her defining trait, the other being her naivete.

When we enter Waterfall, the entire world is in an apocalypse situation because Eureka’s tears have drowned the Waking World, and the Sleeping World is to be woken within the next full moon for Atlantis to rise. The first half of the book is devoted to exposition and pointless plot developments like the addition of quirks (the origin of which isn’t explained until way in the end of the book) and additional characters that don’t contribute much. Second half is Eureka discovering her real past (I had my suspicions about the Tearline) and then embracing it and plotting against Atlas. The story was good, perhaps different would be more appropriate, but not nearly captivating enough. I did not have the drive to finish this book because it just couldn’t get me invested in the characters. The ending – it could have gone a hundred different ways and yet it ended so. I normally don’t mind character death as long as it is necessary to the plot, but there was quite a death toll in both books.

The redeeming points – Atlantis finally rose! I loved how Atlantis was described as a place of splendor in innovation rather than just old palaces and stuff. An old world that was more advanced than ours? Brilliant idea. Too bad we barely got a glimpse of it. Also, what happened to it at the end? Did Atlantis remain in the Waking World? That wasn’t explained (though the Gossipwitch mountain survived)

In conclusion, while the story and premise are quite different and innovative, I wasn’t satisfied with it. It could work for some, but surely didn’t work for me.

Received an ARC from Random House Children’s Publishers UK via NetGalley. Receiving this ARC does not, in any way, affect my opinions or review.

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