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Drowned (A Drowned Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Nichola Reilly
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival. 

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever. 

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

Editorial Reviews


"It's difficult to find a really unique premise in today's crowded literary front, but Cyn Balog has done it in Drowned! This is a world like you've never seen before but with themes and issues that strike surprisingly close to home. A society where you literally earn your safety twice a day when the tide comes in and submerges everything? I admit, I wish I'd thought of it first. A thrilling, brilliant read!" -#1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike

"A resourceful and smart heroine and a society literally on the edge of survival. Take a deep breath, once you start reading you won't be able to stop!" -Maria Snyder, author of Poison Study

About the Author

Nichola Reilly spent much of her childhood on the Barrier Islands of New Jersey, where late summer hurricanes would sometimes bring the ocean to her front door. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters, where she dreams of low tide.

Product Details

  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I66AA9G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put at the TOP of Your Summer Reading List! June 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Robert Frost once debated whether the world will end in fire or ice. Well, for Nichola Reilly, the world will end in water. Drowned is Ms. Reilly's first post-apocalyptic young adult fantasy filled with a bleak, damp future for Corvina Kettlefish, or Coe as she is called, and the rest of the dwellers on the island of Tides. Sea monsters and human nature set out to destroy Coe and those she loves, but Coe is resourceful and much more important than she knows.

Each day, the shrinking population of Tides gathers on a platform when high tide rolls in. It is their only dry place on the island that is high enough to keep them safe from the raging ocean. At least for now. They have an assigned spot on the platform based upon their job - and essentially their importance - on the island. Children are allowed to remain in the center of the platform until they reach their 16th Hard Season, and then they are cast into outer spots as their duties dictate. The outer realms of the platform are the most dangerous, not just because of the rising water and strong under currents, but also because of snake-like, spear-nosed creatures called Scribblers.

Coe only has one good arm after a childhood Scribbler attack, and she is faced with a terrifying reality - adulthood is fast approaching and she will lose her central spot in formation. She is disabled, weak and barely able to perform her daily duties as the Craphouse Keeper. The only bright light in Coe's life is Tiam. Tiam is a handsome, strong and very capable member of Tides and will no doubt be given a position of importance when he reaches adulthood. Coe longs to be someone worthy of Tiam, someone like the beautiful Princess Star, but love and longing are wasted emotions in a world where survival is everything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing YA Post-Apocalyptic Read June 25, 2014
By Farrah
An intriguing post-apocalyptic tale, full of thrills, secrets, and a bit of sweet romance, Drowned was a lovely YA read. From the constant threat of danger, to the interesting new world, this book was great and I really liked it.

The world building was good. There were parts I liked and parts I didn't like. The part that I liked was how well the author portrayed the setting. The way she described everything as constantly damp and cold, with the constant threat of the sea looming close, was perfect. It was so well described, I got shivers as I read. The part that I didn't like was that there were a lot of questions left over by the end of the book. Why did the water levels rise so much? How could a society (no matter how fractured and unwilling to bring children into the world) be totally celibate to the point that a teenage boy never even heard of the word "kiss?" Just small things like that didn't seem to fit. It was an annoyance, but it didn't ruin the book for me. I still really enjoyed it.

Coe was a wonderful heroine. She was clever and very resilient. If I could say just one thing about her, it would be that she was the consummate survivor. It was easy to feel sympathetic for her right away, with how she was treated by others, and she quickly proved herself as a worthy heroine. I thought she was great and I really liked her.

Tiam was a delight. He was as much as a survivor as Coe, but in a different way. He was strong, capable, and determined to find a way to help everyone survive, even if he had to sacrifice himself for it. And, he was also very sweet, loyal, and all around adorable. I thought he was just wonderful.

The romance was light but very sweet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! June 24, 2014
By Katie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this novel by Nichola Reilly. This post-apocalyptic fantasy has it all. The story captivates you. It is unique and entertaining - filled with adventure, romance, danger & mystery, as well as interesting and complex characters. It's a real page turner - I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to the sequel and more from this author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, awesome, awesome! July 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I need the sequel NOW. This book is sooo good and such a surprise because it's unlike any other book out there. It's weird, it's unique, and it will pull you underneath its pages. I hope you know how to swim!

The story takes place on a tiny island known as Tides. Supposedly, it's the last bit of earth that hasn't been completely covered by the floods. Each day when the tides rise, the habitants are forced to line up on a platform according to their number and wait for the tides to lower if they don't want to be carried away by the ocean. Life is hard on the tiny island since food is scarce and the odds of making through another day are pretty slim thanks to all the casualties, and even more when you are only a one armed girl.

Everything about Drowned was unusual and unexpected, from the one-armed heroine to the castle secrets withheld by the royal. I must admit that at first, it was a bit hard for me to get used to Coe and her life in the tiny island of Tides because I silly enough, had my doubts on Coe's ability to kick ass thanks to her “deformity”. However, not only did she kick ass, but she also rocked the whole island from its core! She didn't need to have all of her limbs to dream and fight for what she wanted, she went for them all the way.

Tiam was another character I loved from this book. The guy had an amazing attitude and cared for Coe right from the start. I adored his innocence (and Coe's too) when it came to showing feelings. This island hardly knows what love is, let alone what a hug or a kiss means. Yes, my favorite part of this book is when Tiam and Coe discover what a Kiss truly is *happy sigh*.

There is so much more about Drowned I wish I could tell you right here and now, but I don't want to spoil the book for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the characters in this story and how inventive the ...
I loved the characters in this story and how inventive the story is - you get pulled in at the very first sentence!
Published 17 days ago by Carolyn Fleming
3.0 out of 5 stars The book does have a little bit of a slow ...
The book does have a little bit of a slow start to it, but once it starts to pick up in excitement I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great job loved it very much thank-you. I will keep shopping on amazon just love it.
Published 4 months ago by Georgeann Harder
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Slow start and would like more of a love story, but all in all great plot and story line. I really enjoyed.
Published 5 months ago by Gregory Gilmore
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise!
If you enjoy dystopian fiction, I highly recommend Drowned. I found it to be a thrilling read.

I liked the way the author wove different water mythologies into the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kimberly M. Rouleau
2.0 out of 5 stars ... and a weak ending make this book less than good. The love interest...
Predictable twists and a weak ending make this book less than good. The love interest story aspects came off as forced and not realistic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Patrick Chasteen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping and Haunting Read
DROWNED is an exceptional tale that weaves desperation and hope into a wonderful story of survival. With believable characters and heartfelt prose, it will stick with you long... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and bleak.
This book was great!!

I honestly don't know what I expected from this book. I saw the cover and it just pulled me in. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Valia Lind
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!
Nichola Reilly has created a believable world where life is extremely difficult for the 496 remaining people on the island of Tides. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Madora Bianco
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique.
Coe lives on the island of Tides, an island that is almost completely covered with water at high tide. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Teen Reads
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