ARC Review: The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

edgeoftheabyssThe Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

Published by Flux on April 18, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, LGBTQIA+

Pages: 320 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Three weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to the ruthless pirate-queen Santa Elena and set free Bao, the sea monster Reckoner she’d been forced to train. The days as a pirate trainee are long and grueling, but it’s not the physical pain that Cas dreads most. It’s being forced to work with Swift, the pirate girl who broke her heart.

But Cas has even bigger problems when she discovers that Bao is not the only monster swimming free. Other Reckoners illegally sold to pirates have escaped their captors and are taking the NeoPacific by storm, attacking ships at random and ruining the ocean ecosystem. As a Reckoner trainer, Cas might be the only one who can stop them. But how can she take up arms against creatures she used to care for and protect?

Will Cas embrace the murky morals that life as a pirate brings or perish in the dark waters of the NeoPacific?


 Making a stunning sequel was no easy task, but Emily Skrutskie does an excellent job of taking Cas and Swift to new heights in The Edge of the Abyss. A new threat has emerged from the depths, putting the entire population at risk, and Cas’ Reckoner training experience is desperately needed as she tries to reconcile her new pirate life to the old. With emotional turmoil and mad monsters, there was no way I wasn’t going to love this book. Check out five reasons you must pick up this sequel:

Top 5 Reasons The Edge of the Abyss Soars

  1. Facing Consequences: This one was all about owning up to mistakes, making things right, and asking for forgiveness. For Cas and Swift that meant coming to terms with Reckoner deaths and competing against one another on the ship. For the wider world, it meant taking on illegal monsters that would decimate the ecosystem sustaining both land and sea.
  2. All the Feels! Now that Cas and Swift are on equal footing and are dealing with their issues, the two of them were able to explore their relationship. There was plenty of turmoil, believe me, but both women together made my soul happy. Be still my rapidly beating heart!
  3. Don’t Forget Your Roots: Cas can only force down the betrayal of her family for so long, so when she checks in with the world it brings all the repercussions of her actions to the surface. Faced with her brother’s sadness, hurt, and anger, Cas must open up and tell him the whole truth of her saga.
  4. Pirates, Pirates Everywhere! The Edge of the Abyss opens up even more of the pirate world in this one. Readers are introduced to The Salt, where crews will ban together in times of crises, as well as how debts play out between captains. Plus, there’s even more in regards to the recruits vying for captain and Varma particularly shined with his easygoing happiness.
  5. Bao’s Back: Honestly one of the best parts of this world are the Reckoners. Sea monsters are so freaking cool and to discover even more species and how they live was especially thrilling. Plus I’m glad TASU wasn’t the last time we got to see Bao. My jerk of a terrapoid deserves all the page time!

Overall The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie was an extremely enjoyable read. With plenty of battles, both emotional and physical, as well as vivid descriptions, this sequel was just as great as the first. Cas and Swift have claimed a piece of my heart and I will not be forgetting them anytime soon. I highly recommend this series to everyone and hope that you pick up The Abyss Surrounds Us soon so you can experience this brilliant story and world for yourself.

So have you started this two book series yet? Ready to dive back into Cas and Swift’s story? Need more sea monsters in your life? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

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