Narrated By: Amanda Dolan
Duration: 8 hours and 48 minutes
What to expect
No one can escape the rising of the tides.
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.
That is, 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.
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Fantasy, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Speculative, dystopian and utopian fiction, Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Disability, impairments and special needs
Listen to a sample
“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!”
“A gripping and romantic tale featuring a truly original heroine facing seemingly insurmountable odds. I loved it!”
“Suspense mounts as Coe and Tiam explore the labyrinth beneath the royal palace and the mysteries of their island’s past. A fantasy twist toward the end of this series opener from Reilly fits perfectly with the fairy tales Coe retells throughout the novel.”
“[A] suspenseful and dramatic tale…Coe is an interesting and well-developed character that teens will root for every step of the way, and the other inhabitants of her island provide foils and allies alike. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, and readers will clamor for a sequel.”
“Despite the presence of royalty and two hunky boys, Drowned is not your average postapocalyptic fantasy romance. The unusual setting of a human settlement on the brink of collapse and several simmering background mysteries…keep the pages turning.”
“Full of suspense, romance, and mystery, Drowned is a thrilling read that will appeal to fans of dystopian adventures.”
“Coe’s voice is tough but eloquent…An atmospheric, uneasy tale of survival.”
“This is a world like you’ve never seen before but with themes and issues that strike surprisingly close to home…A thrilling, brilliant read!”