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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

#Book #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for The Deep by Nick Cutter #NickCutter @SimonSchusterCA

TITLE: The Deep
AUTHOR: Nick Cutter
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Canada
PUBLICATION DATE: January 13, 2015
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 400 pages
GENRE: Horror, Science Fiction
ISBN: 9781501101519
From the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down.…old-school horror at its best”—comes this utterly terrifying novel where The Abyss meets The Shining.

A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys…then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily…and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered—a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it’s up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.

Part horror, part psychological nightmare, The Deep is a novel that fans of Stephen King and Clive Barker won’t want to miss—especially if you’re afraid of the dark.
MY REVIEW:

After I read Cutter's The Troop earlier this year, I couldn't wait to read more of his work. Though not as good as that one, I still enjoyed this one.

There is a bizarre phenomenon that is occuring in the world called the 'Gets. The early symptoms are much like Alzheimer's disease, such as forgetting little things. As the disease progresses, the body forgets how to do things on its own and it becomes critical. It's not viral or spread through physical contact or transmission of bodily fluids, and animals do not seem to be affected by it except for honeybees.

Luke Nelson, a veterinarian, receives a call that he needs to go see his brother, Clayton. The two brothers have never been close, and it's not unusual for years to go by without speaking or seeing each other. The surprising thing about the call is that Clayton is eight miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean in the Marianas Trench, trying to find a cure for the 'Gets. 

Luke is taken down to his brother's lab under the sea, and one of the other researchers has holed himself up in his lab and seems like he's gone crazy. Clayton has been experimenting with a jelly-like material that he has found in the darkest depths of the ocean that he calls ambrosia. His early experiments have shown the ambrosia to have healing properties when ingested, but he still knows very little of how it works.

I loved the setting of the book, which takes place entirely in the deepest depths of the ocean. That feeling of being isolated and stranded so far below the surface makes such a creepy setting and it makes the people there so vulnerable because getting back isn't so easy! I liked the premise of the story, and it is definitely really weird.

If you are interestested in reading something by this author, I would recommend starting with The Troop.

MY RATING:

3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it.

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