Journey to the Heart of the Abyss (Light the Abyss #2) by London Shah

Title: Journey to the Heart of the Abyss
Series: Light the Abyss #2
Author: London Shah
Genre/s and Tags:Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Speculative Fiction
Goodreads synopsis:

Leyla McQueen has finally reunited with her father after breaking him out of Broadmoor, the illegal government prison—but his freedom comes at a terrible cost. As Leyla celebrates his return, she must grapple with the pain of losing Ari. Now separated from the boy who has her heart and labeled the nation’s number one enemy, Leyla must risk illegal travel through unchartered waters in her quest for the truth behind her father’s arrest.

Across Britain, the fallout from Leyla’s actions has escalated tensions between Anthropoid and non-Anthropoid communities, bringing them to an all-time high. And, as Leyla and her friends fight to uncover the startling truths about their world, she discovers her own shocking past—and the horrifying secrets behind her father’s abduction and arrest. But as these long-buried truths finally begin to surface, so, too, do the authorities’ terrible future plans. And if the ever-pervasive fear prevents the people from taking a stand now, the abyss could stay in the dark forever.

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ID: My iPad on a wood slice displaying the cover of Journey to the Heart of the Abyss. Below it is blue flowers. Next to it is a blue pouch depicting an underwater scene of the main characters from In Deeper Waters. Above it is a white mug with a black rim and on the side it says No Fox Given, Fox is a picture of the animal instead of the words. Slide 2: close up of the mug with coffee in it!

Full Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thank you to the author for inviting me to read this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I loved this so much!! Fantastic ending.

Journey to the Heart of the Abyss is the conclusion of Leyla McQueen’s adventures which started in The Light at the Bottom of the World. This book picks up right where Light left us. Leyla has been reunited with her father and they’re beginning to search for the amphi communities so they can come up with a plan find Ari.

This book was one giant adventure with so many twists and turns. There were so many times I thought I knew where the book was going and then it would go a different direction. It was so much fun!

It’s so easy to love Leyla. I’ve loved seeing how much she’s grown from the first book where her fear of the ocean would almost paralyze her. She’s done so much since winning her submersible race. What started as a quest to find her father has changed into a battle to unveil the injustice her family and friends have faced. We also find out what truly happened to Leyla’s mother all those years ago.

I really loved the huge diversity of the amphi community. One point this book features a wedding of a WLW couple and I was giant heart eyes. I also really loved seeing Leyla bond with Ari’s adoptive family. The love they had for him was so soft and I loved it so much. And then there’s Ari’s sister who is so cute and curious! I loved her rock collection.

The ending was freaking fantastic. I don’t know how it could’ve been better, both as an end of the book and the end of a series. All I know is that I’m a forever fan of Shah and I cannot wait for this to release and whatever may come next!

Rep: British Muslim female MC of Pashtun descent, adopted biracial love interest that is an amphis, side character with a prosthetic leg, AI that is programmed to be Oscar Wilde–gay, side WLW couple, various BIPOC side characters.

CWs: Animal death, animal cruelty (scientific manipulation of animals), blood, confinement (to submersibles and to the ocean), death, gun violence, medical trauma (including experimentation without consent), violence, xenophobia (against amphis), death of parent, suicide (brief mention of side character).

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