- Ken Catran
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
First Published in New Zealand 1994, published in Great Britain in 1995
It’s over. Deepwater has landed at its final destination. The mission is complete. Almost. There’s evil inside, evil outside. A sinister force is stopping Deepwater release its life-giving cargo on Earth. It must be defeated – and destroyed forever. Or Deepwater will self-destruct. And Earth will die.
And so the Deepwater Trilogy ends with a bang. What is so great about this trilogy is that each book adds to the story but is a satisfying story in itself – there is no middle book syndrome and no fatigue. In fact it’s a great example of how to tell a complex story in small number of pages. I’m sometimes bored with YA books these days as so much is scene setting and I just want to get straight into the story.
This third book focuses on Connal – Meatgrinder – the school bully both Robbie and Denie tangled with in the first two books and how he also finds himself waking on Deepwater. Once again the rest of the crew don’t get a lot of development but Connal gets some much needed depth as his family background is expanded. There is a nice symmetry between both the Earth and the Deepwater stories as Connal learns to think rather than just react. His insight and actions save the ship and the mission, but there are some great character moments with Yoona as well.
There are some great action scenes once again, but I have to admit I felt emotionally moved by the end of the book. The finish has hope and the start of something completely different for the crew. A highly recommended trilogy – if you can find it.
Recommended for fans of Maria V Snyder and Beth Regis. 8 out of 10.
And for those who have been following my review of the trilogy – a little treat...yep, the covers build up to one big picture! :)