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"Finally a fresh take on what goes on under the sea. A thrilling, dark, page-turner that leaves the reader wanting more. I am definitely hooked and eagerly awaiting the sequel."
"The book takes you to a place you think you know and gives a new life to everything in that world."
"The new twist to under the sea life and how it intertwines with the human world is brought to life...The fantasy seems to become more realistic with every chapter."
"...a very well written and intriguing story that keeps you hanging on till the last page. Impressive debut novel..."
"It was so interesting with unexpected turns which kept me excited to see what would happen next. I am hoping for a sequel because I didn't want it to end."
"This book far exceeded my expectations. The next big thing is here, my friends!"
"Fast paced! Great read! Story line is amazing, love the background of the multicultural characters."
"Debut author Aaron Galvin gives us robust characters and non-stop action, making this imaginative story of characters from a parallel, underwater world (the Salt) worth a look."
"...I totally bought into the Salted world Galvin created. Not an easy read but a unique one, I would recommend Salted by Aaron Galvin for people who are looking for something beyond the typical mermaid and selkie tales."
"The author manages a wide cast of characters very well, and it is the characters that keep you reading. It's a very unique and imaginative story idea."
"...Salted was an intriguing read that kept me hooked. It is a different spin on the underwater world and creatures which I found it brought quite a bit of originality to the genre."
"Salted was an extraordinary urban fantasy book. If you enjoy shape-shifting books and societies with their own rules then you will probably enjoy Salted."
"Recommended for those wanting a twist on the selkies legend in a modern setting."
"A fascinating twist on merfolk tales. A well written story with a wonderful cast of characters."
"Finished this last night after starting it two days beforehand! This book pulls you in with its unique story line which causes the reader to always be guessing what will happen next since these characters are not typical...I love how the author wove all of these unique tidbits into a thrilling tale."
"If you're interested in complex societies hidden from the world, one of the staples of Urban Fantasy, you'll like Salted. The seafaring aspect of the society gives it an interesting spin that I haven't read much of before."
"...the book provides a unique world that has not already been explored/overrun in popular culture. I look forward to seeing how Galvin expands upon this new Salted world and develops his characters through their coming of age."
"From the first page, I was transported into another world. By page 50 I couldn't put the book down. I read it in a day...and did nothing else."
"I'm not sure there is a word perfect enough to describe this story...a phenomenal job of making you fall in love with his characters and really investing yourself in their lives. It's beautifully written and deals with issues current to today's society (bullying being a big theme throughout)."
About the Author
He is also an accomplished actor. Aaron has worked in everything from Hollywood blockbusters to starring in dozens of indie films and commercials.
A native Hoosier and a graduate of Ball State University, he currently lives in Southern California with his family.
- ASIN : B00JSKYEB4
- Publisher : Aames & Abernathy; 3rd edition (April 18, 2014)
- Publication date : April 18, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1659 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 568 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #369,780 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The young adult genre, both in film and in print, have been more than saturated with such characters as listed above. More recently, dystopian futures have become a hit among young adults as The Hunger Games and Divergent have made their mark on pop culture. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not discounting the quality of any (well, most) of those themes, but at some point you start yearning for something different. Different characters with varied backgrounds. Different plots and motives than we’re used to seeing. Different worlds with hidden secrets. Well, I believe young author Aaron Galvin may have accomplished that with his debut novel, Salted. It’s a quality story with loads of new and interesting material that I think you’ll find quite satisfying.
One of the best things Salted has going for it is the presentation of a type of world we haven’t seen much, if at all, in popular young adult fiction today. The Salt world is the “realm beneath the waves” where seemingly ordinary people are capable of transforming to a number of different sea creatures such as seals, otters and sea lions. Special suits of varying size and color, described in great detail throughout the book, grant this ability to whomever possesses them (called selkies and silkies, depending on their gender).
There are also those who have a natural ability to transform, whether they know it yet or not. These individuals are often called “Salt children”, and may have you quickly comparing them to what you’re more familiar with: mermaids. These aren’t the bubbly, singing, red-headed mermaids of your childhood though. These mer-folk have much more to offer, and carry a sizeable amount of mystery to them at this point in the story. The characters in the Salt world couldn’t be more different from each other. From varying backgrounds and upbringings to a host of languages and ethnicities, these characters have to face certain realities that provide the reader with some quality story lines given the backdrop of this world.
In contrast to the Salt world, we have the very common and recognizable world, not unlike the one you and I live in today. There’s nothing futuristic, no dystopian drama or extraordinary circumstances in this world. It’s everything you’re used to: families, schools, homes, etc. It may not seem as such, but the “normalcy” of this regular world is a bit of a risk taken by Galvin. The drama in this world isn’t anything you’d buy a book to read about. At least, not initially. Because of that it’s a smart move to lead with the Salt world. There are elements of that reality we aren’t used to which pull the reader forward to see how the two worlds may collide. While there is a moment or two in the “normal” world that had me wishing we’d get back to the Salt world story lines, the time spent there is more for character and relationship building, and is relatively short-lived once more is revealed about our main characters.
By now you may be developing an initial sense of comfort and warmth with this story. I’ll invite you to promptly kick those feelings to the curb. As the tagline suggests, “life isn’t better under the sea.” Salted does put some quite common elements of conflict in front of the reader, including bullying, high school drama and teen crushes. But you won’t be comforted by the familiarity of those themes for too long. A host of characters in this story are stuck in slavery. Some of whom, called “catchers”, are charged with hunting down runaway slaves. There is rumored genocide by a particular character known only as “The Silkstealer”. There are undertones of possible sexual abuse in “catcher for hire” Henry and his slave girl, Chidi.
If forcing some slaves to chase down runaway slaves isn’t enough, many of these catchers like their job. They take pride in it. They bask in their reputation as a catcher and even view runaways as traitors to their kind. This mindset takes some getting used to. It seems quite contrary to the assumed nature of any slave that they might desire to return others to servitude. Galvin fleshes this out quite nicely though in one of the main characters, Lenny Dolan, who possesses just enough Bostonian accent to be liked, but enough cold-heartedness to root against his mission.
To put it plainly, there are some very adult themes making headway in this that, were it a film, it would likely garner a PG-13 rating. Many of these elements are not explored in much detail, but simply left to brood on the surface. This succeeds in providing some intrigue and leaving the reader curious as to certain decisions made by the characters.
Salted is sure to grab your interest at the onset. The characters are wide-ranging enough for about any reader to find “their guy”, and the story is a strong one with a lot to offer. As many of the ads for this books have suggested, this is the first in a planned series of novels Galvin is calling the “Salt Series”. With that knowledge, Salted provides a great starting point in which to dive into!
This review originally posted on LetThereBeMovies.com
The characters were wonderfully drawn, all unique and with clear voices. The story switches between their point of views, showing their internal turmoil, strengths and weaknesses. It's very easy to become sympathetic and care for these characters -- the good guys, anyway.
Full of adventure, fantasy, humor, and teenage angst. I'll definitely be reading the sequels.
Lenny is a salted. He is a Dolan which puts him as a catcha. That's all he is known. He is owned as well. So is his dad although I get the feeling their is a past there we haven't yet gotten privy to. Lenny wants more. He wants freedom and he wants others to be free as well but you don't run. Running hurts others and you always take care of your own. He isn't a bad guy but sometimes comes out rough because of his role in life. He faces moral dilemmas in this book for he knows right from wrong but doesn't know which way to go sometimes because of his upbringing. The crossroads he comes to at the end of the book shows the strength character he is. This is a man who has had a hard life. He even tries to keep the Sacul from this life but to no avail. Lenny gives up so others can live freely. I hope he gets to be free one day as well.
Oscar is a grade a evil jerk. Spoiled and Lenny has him pegged. Question is what happens after all that is done on shore. Remember consequences have actions and I think taking the Sacul will lead to his downfall.
The runna they are after has multiple names but she is different. She is lead by the ancients whom I believe will have a impact on this series in ways we cannot imagine. She is after getting freedom for others but also something else what that is only time will tell. She also has a interest in Lenny. What that interest is again only time can tell. I am curious after that ending what Ms. Bourgeous is up to.
Chida is a slave that is owned by a wretched man Henry. henry is along to protect Oscar. But she wants to be free and Lenny is her ticket. She knows more than she lets on and I think will have a impact in future books as well.
Kellen is the sacul and the jury is out on him. I am not sure what to make of this boy. Tough exterior but I think scared and lonely on the inside. I think he shapes out to be a very bad dude that adds more darkness to the wonderful world Aaron Galvin has created.
The fourth POV comes from the sweet and funny Garrett. He is a Orc but doesn't know it. Also he is bullied and that bullying leads to consequences I did not expect. This is a salt child and I think he has a huge impact in the future on Lenny. Not sure how but he does.
There are so many fascinating aspects in this world. The salted not truly shedding their coats on land but having them become part of them and each type of sea creature is distinguished on land by the clothing donned by their salted coat. Each type of class and their distinctions is so involved here as well. As you go higher in the salted classes and kingdoms there is more reverence and more to fear. The slaves are the backbone of this society but are also treated like scum on shoe. No wonder they want to run but the consequences to those left behind are high. We see societal concepts play a role in shaping the story as well. Cliques in school are in existence in both worlds and how they interact and feel towards each other is also seen. Bullying exists in both worlds as well whether it be Kellen bullying Garrett or Oscar bullying Lenny via his class and father it is there. What is different is how they deal with the bullying. Garrett eggs him on whereas Lenny plans and uses it to his advantage. The dark world created has some light as we see someone go against their upbringing to do what is right.
A wondrously imaginative world that has you wrapped in its clutches as you watch the story unfold where Lenny faces decisions of right and wrong, the other slaves find their way, Oscar makes poor choices and the decisions consequences have yet to be seen. The writing style is dark and enriching with its realism and imagery but has some humour throughout as we face issues that are hard hitting and brings us to the brink and reels us back in with its plots and imagery of a story and world that has so many complex concepts you will not want to put the book down and will salivate for the next to come out.