The Light at the Bottom of the World (Light the Abyss, #1)
Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean's surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father's been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he's innocent, and all she's interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.When she's picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.Now, she'll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–and her father might be lost forever.

The Light at the Bottom of the World (Light the Abyss, #1) Details

TitleThe Light at the Bottom of the World (Light the Abyss, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 29th, 2019
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368036887
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

The Light at the Bottom of the World (Light the Abyss, #1) Review

  • London Shah
    January 1, 1970
    Hiiii :-) Can't wait to welcome you guys into my submerged world, and to introduce you to Leyla McQueen. Join her on her underwater adventure as she navigates the eerie and exquisite deep to solve the ever-growing mystery of her missing papa—and discovers along the way that they're all basically drowning in lies... I'm so incredibly excited for you to enter this world!Gentle Reminder: The arcs—both physical and e-arcs—are pre copy edits. Thank you :)EARLY REVIEWS:“A work of fathomless imagi/>EARLY/>Gentle Hiiii :-) Can't wait to welcome you guys into my submerged world, and to introduce you to Leyla McQueen. Join her on her underwater adventure as she navigates the eerie and exquisite deep to solve the ever-growing mystery of her missing papa—and discovers along the way that they're all basically drowning in lies... I'm so incredibly excited for you to enter this world!Gentle Reminder: The arcs—both physical and e-arcs—are pre copy edits. Thank you :)EARLY REVIEWS:“A work of fathomless imagination”—Samantha Shannon, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree“Expertly pairing catastrophe and courage, Shah tells the story of intensely personal problems in a truly perilous world. I love this book.”—E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Queen's Shadow, Star Wars: Ahsoka, and more “Riveting and exciting, The Light at the Bottom of the World is a heart-racing adventure that reveals compelling and necessary truths about several critical issues of our times, while delivering all the thrills and twists of an epic quest. A stand-out, must-read book that engulfed me in its enthralling world and characters. Leyla McQueen is queen of the (under)seas!”—S. K. Ali, New York Times bestselling author of The Proudest Blue, Saints & Misfits, Love from A to Z“A breathtaking, hope-filled underwater adventure that always leaves room for wonder. The story is pacy, the setting lush and original, but it’s Leyla and her positive, determined spirit that will really steal your heart.”—Laura Weymouth, Author of The Light Between Worlds, and A Treason of Thorns “Shah's debut is a fast-paced masterpiece from start to finish. Readers will fall in love with passionate, persistent Leyla as well as her secretive, swoon-worthy companion, Ari. Shah has skillfully shaped a gorgeous world unlike any those fans [of dystopian fiction] have seen before. But be forewarned: the book ends on a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal “[A] thrilling post apocalyptic tale. Shah's strong debut, first in a planned duology, is vividly described and emotionally rich.”—Publishers Weekly “Debut novelist Shah vividly describes a world below the ocean's surface. [A] thrilling journey packed with unexpected discoveries.”—Kirkus Reviews“This is a fine post apocalyptic novel. There could easily be more stories in this undersea dystopian world.”—Booklist“Boasting a lushly-imagined dystopian world where mankind lives beneath the seas, London Shah’s novel delivers a thrilling narrative to get lost in. We’ve never read anything quite like it, and we can’t wait for people to fall for this debut as hard as we have.”—Paste Magazine“Engrossing, compelling, and fantastically built. A book that raises interesting questions all while entertaining the reader completely. Incredible characters and beautiful world-building.”—YA Books Central “[A] wonderfully refreshing epic adventure, with dynamite worldbuilding and a crafty heroine. Leyla's determination and talent will keep you hooked in her story, and you will be begging for Shah's next book before you've even finished this one.”—Rachel Strolle: Teen Librarian, Glenside Public Library District “Exciting, imaginative, and poignant, Shah's debut captivates and engages readers, pushing them to question our society, our priorities, and what it means to be human. Sparkling prose and masterful sensory description further ensure a simply mesmerising read.”—The Librarian Box
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really cool science fiction world. Leyla and every other human being live under water, the world having been engulfed by the sea a long time ago. Her futuristic world includes cars that work under water and lots of interesting gadgets that made me want to take an actual leap into the future. Not that I wish to one day live among sea creatures, but you know. It could be an experience. Another cool fact is that Leyla is a racer who has the chance to compete in the biggest race there is. This is a really cool science fiction world. Leyla and every other human being live under water, the world having been engulfed by the sea a long time ago. Her futuristic world includes cars that work under water and lots of interesting gadgets that made me want to take an actual leap into the future. Not that I wish to one day live among sea creatures, but you know. It could be an experience. Another cool fact is that Leyla is a racer who has the chance to compete in the biggest race there is. Her prize is one she will be able to choose herself and the one thing she really wants—and needs—is to release her father from prison. I loved how important family was to Leyla and a central theme in the story. I know what it’s like to be separated from your family for long periods of time, so I could understand how terribly Leyla missed her father. I was rooting for her the whole time.Two things about Leyla that irked me quite a lot though were her immaturity and naivety. Yes she was a kickass pilot and a very courageous girl but she trusted blindly, behaved/talked like a twelve-year-old at times and jumped into dangerous situations recklessly. So is that really courage? Moreover, while I usually enjoy when animals are featured in a story, I found the puppy Jojo here to have no personality whatsoever. And yet she is one of the central characters and mentioned in almost every single page. It’s sad to say because I adore animals but I did not care one bit about Jojo.Even if this wasn’t a complete winner, I’m still curious about the sequel because that cliff-hanger hit me hard. Ouch. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    My demands have been met! ((wink wink))Thank you so much, Disney Book Group, for my ARC! This sounds amazing and I am so happy to have a copy.Original:Ohhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyGET ON MY BOOKSHELF...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    "Set in a future where the Earth is underwater, the book follows 16-year-old Leyla McQueen, a British Muslim submersible racer, who must navigate the treacherous abyss to find her missing father." this is such a fantastic and creative premise and I can't wait! [also, the author is such a sweetheart. oh my god.]
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  • Samantha Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    I have thalassophobia. Consequently, I've always found the the sea – particularly its abyssal zone – to be a source of both fascination and extreme fear. Debut author London Shah illuminates the abyss in The Light at the Bottom of the World. It's a fast, accessible and high-concept adventure, driven by the determined and optimistic Leyla McQueen, who is willing to risk anything to save her beloved father from imprisonment. It's also an unapologetically British story, with plenty of slang and regional dive I have thalassophobia. Consequently, I've always found the the sea – particularly its abyssal zone – to be a source of both fascination and extreme fear. Debut author London Shah illuminates the abyss in The Light at the Bottom of the World. It's a fast, accessible and high-concept adventure, driven by the determined and optimistic Leyla McQueen, who is willing to risk anything to save her beloved father from imprisonment. It's also an unapologetically British story, with plenty of slang and regional diversity, which I appreciated. In 2099, humankind is trapped in the abyss after an asteroid released water from deep subterranean reservoirs, causing apocalyptic floods and killing billions. The survivors wait in their submerged cities, miles from the sun, while the government tries to preserve the decaying remnants of the past. Meanwhile, a creeping malaise – the seasickness – is spreading through the population. As she searches for her father, who has been arrested on false charges, Leyla must brave unfathomable waters and a corrupt government to discover the truths at the heart of her world. Shah reveals both the beauty and terrors of the sea and keeps us rooting for the relentlessly optimistic Leyla, whose faith is a source of eternal strength throughout the book. I hope it finds many readers, and that many readers find themselves in it.PS: Did not expect a holographic Oscar Wilde to be in this book. A very fun addition.
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  • Laura Weymouth
    January 1, 1970
    The Light at the Bottom of the World is a gorgeous, hope-filled underwater adventure that always leaves room for wonder. Leyla McQueen makes a refreshing change as a YA main character--she's unquenchably optimistic, and driven by her love of family. Her world is an absolute delight to explore--author London Shah does a brilliant job of portraying a submerged London, along with all the extraordinary and mundane aspects of life below the sea. The story is pacy, the setting lush and original, but i The Light at the Bottom of the World is a gorgeous, hope-filled underwater adventure that always leaves room for wonder. Leyla McQueen makes a refreshing change as a YA main character--she's unquenchably optimistic, and driven by her love of family. Her world is an absolute delight to explore--author London Shah does a brilliant job of portraying a submerged London, along with all the extraordinary and mundane aspects of life below the sea. The story is pacy, the setting lush and original, but it's Leyla and her positive, determined spirit that will really steal your heart.A must-read for 2019.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    I was one of the lucky few who got to read and fall in love with this book. Yesssss!!!This book is insanely good. The characters aren't your typical YA characters, rather all have their own back stories and needs and goals. Plus Leyla, the protagonist, is a British Muslim girl of Afghan descent, and being both South Asian and Muslim myself, I related in so many ways to her.This book will knock your socks off, world!As Taylor Swift said,"Are you ready for it?" I was one of the lucky few who got to read and fall in love with this book. Yesssss!!!This book is insanely good. The characters aren't your typical YA characters, rather all have their own back stories and needs and goals. Plus Leyla, the protagonist, is a British Muslim girl of Afghan descent, and being both South Asian and Muslim myself, I related in so many ways to her.This book will knock your socks off, world!As Taylor Swift said,"Are you ready for it?" ;)
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  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    There are so many things I loved about this book, I don't really know where to start!!So it's set in the future where the world is underwater because the surface has been rendered unlivable - which, first of all, is an amazing concept. It's also executed absolutely brilliant. The world-building in the book is fantastic, both futuristic while tethered to old-world nostalgia, with great commentary on how nostalgia can be destructive and harmful to us, if we can't look past it for long There are so many things I loved about this book, I don't really know where to start!!So it's set in the future where the world is underwater because the surface has been rendered unlivable - which, first of all, is an amazing concept. It's also executed absolutely brilliant. The world-building in the book is fantastic, both futuristic while tethered to old-world nostalgia, with great commentary on how nostalgia can be destructive and harmful to us, if we can't look past it for long enough to look into the future. The main character Leyla McQueen is brilliant! She's a British-Muslim racer, who is desperate to figure out why her father was wrongfully arrested. Leyla is such a fantastic character. She is determinedly faithful to her family, and has a fantastic connection to her Muslim faith (I don't think I've ever read a Muslim character is sci-fi before!!!). She's also clever and brave, even though she fears the unknown depths of the water, and naively believes a lot of things that maybe she shouldn't. I loved her journey and development in this book. It was done so well and so naturally, and as a reader who starts the book immersed in Leyla's world, you really feel like you're taking this journey with her completely. There are so many other things that I loved about this book but...I'm afraid of giving too much away!! Just make sure you read it because not only did it have me on tenterhooks as I was reading, but I also know that I'm going to be thinking about this book for a long time coming. Can't wait for the second book, and for anything else that Shah writes, because she's clearly a very, very talented writer!
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  • Nadia
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: This review will contain ocean puns!I was both excited and nervous to dive into The Light At The Bottom Of The World because it’s one of my most highly-anticipated reads of the year so there was always that fear of “what if I hate the book?”It’s needless to say that this book exceeded all of my expectations. Shah’s writing is captivating in a way that allows the reader to fully submerge themselves in the underwater world and be swept away by their emotions and the sto Disclaimer: This review will contain ocean puns!I was both excited and nervous to dive into The Light At The Bottom Of The World because it’s one of my most highly-anticipated reads of the year so there was always that fear of “what if I hate the book?”It’s needless to say that this book exceeded all of my expectations. Shah’s writing is captivating in a way that allows the reader to fully submerge themselves in the underwater world and be swept away by their emotions and the story. Leyla McQueen is both a fierce and brave protagonist, despite her fear of what lurks in the unknown depths of the sea. She’s also rather naïve but isn’t afraid to ask the difficult questions. And she’s a submersible racer who is completely driven by the love she has for her family and her papa. Her deep appreciation for her Afghan heritage as well as her Muslim faith was such a joy to read about in a sci-fi world. Despite the futuristic setting, Shah manages to keep it anchored to the present – the Old World – through references to iconic landmarks, annual events and famous people. It's pretty Wilde!This book gives us hope of surviving in a post-apocalyptic world where climate change has made the Earth’s surface uninhabitable. It gives us hope in the face of senseless violence, reminding us that individuals who act alone do not represent the majority of a larger group. And it gives us hope for a better future by urging us to stop clinging on to the past.Full review to come!
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)The Light at the Bottom of the World will sweep you away in its powerful current. It's a wild world underneath the waves and Shah tells a story of nostalgia, conspiracy, and the need to move forwards. The Light at the Bottom of the World is a story about family, the pursuit of truth, and the depths of darkness. Leyla is a character that is easy to root for - her desire for (Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)The Light at the Bottom of the World will sweep you away in its powerful current. It's a wild world underneath the waves and Shah tells a story of nostalgia, conspiracy, and the need to move forwards. The Light at the Bottom of the World is a story about family, the pursuit of truth, and the depths of darkness. Leyla is a character that is easy to root for - her desire for family, for a warm house, and the return of her father. Living deep beneath the waves, but not by choice, Leyla's world is one of sickness and fear for our future. As Leyla discovers more and more about her world, we are asked at what point it makes sense to move on, to not give up hope. Shah answers this question in a myriad of ways, on a society level, personal level, family level and more. The story will enchant you. And the world beneath the waves will simultaneously captivate and terrify. I've always been fascinated with the ocean, yet I've never swum in the ocean. Leyla and I share a fascination with something we love, but are afraid to touch. For these reasons, Leyla was an utterly fascinating character.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzHonestly I mixed up this debut author, London Shah, with another published author. But who cares?! I loved the premise of the world being underwater, plus I enjoy reading debuts so it wasn't a problem... until I started reading The Light at the Bottom of the World.I love jellyfish but I don't really know what to make of the cover for The Light at the Bottom of the World. It's really dark and they don't live in domes so the art is misleading. I wonder if it looks bettWriter...The Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzHonestly I mixed up this debut author, London Shah, with another published author. But who cares?! I loved the premise of the world being underwater, plus I enjoy reading debuts so it wasn't a problem... until I started reading The Light at the Bottom of the World.I love jellyfish but I don't really know what to make of the cover for The Light at the Bottom of the World. It's really dark and they don't live in domes so the art is misleading. I wonder if it looks better in paper... I do really like the title though. It's one of those neat, really long titles. It really showcases how we were to view Leyla. I also really love the series name... Light the Abyss, an empowerment for change.The PremiseThe world of The Light at the Bottom of the World is really fascinating. Everyone now lives in the old ruins of London 1,000 feet under the ocean's surface. They use submersibles and submarines as vehicles, but danger lurks around every corner. Leyla thought life was grand until her beloved father is arrested and hauled away. Now nothing will stop her from finding him, not a race, a boy, her grandpa or terrorists, not even good sense and contrivances galore!At the heart of any book is the protagonist. This character who lives and breathes the world and gives us access to all of its wonders and dangers. I hated Leyla. She made reading The Light at the Bottom of the World miserable, boring and outrageously stupid.I hated how she would go on and on about being able to take care of herself. She's 16 years old, living underwater, with the news blaring about how dangerous it is with seasickness, Anthropoid terrorists, terrors of the deep creatures, the pressure that could (and should) rupture the buildings any second. Supposedly she can live alone with all that... right... And after going on and on about how living underwater is so dangerous!!Then we have how she lies and contradicts herself and no one calls her on it. I have proof for this one! At 39%... “I don’t need you. I can take care of myself. Anyone tries to stop me from finding my papa, they’ll be sorry they crossed my path. I haven’t just left without a sodding clue, you know. I can jolly well look after myself.”Uh yeah you did!! If you don't know where you're going then you've left without a clue!!!At 43%... "Despite Theo’s device now running smoothly, remaining discreet in the heightened climate seems impossible. We cannot be stopped, though. I need to get us across the border and then on to Grandpa’s place in King’s Lynn. Once he joins me I will insist he tells me everything he knows about Papa’s disappearance so I can work out where to begin searching for him."Yeah she admits right there that she DOESN'T know where to look!!!!Then we have her getting what she wants... the truth... and instead of trying to take it in stride she wants to reject it wholesale because its not what she wants to hear. Oh, I thought you wanted the truth no matter what?!At 73%... "All I ever wanted was to know the truth. No matter what. No matter how difficult or complicated something was, I always believed a starting point for fixing it would be to have the whole bloody truth. Not knowing always seemed worse."The next page... "It’s so different to the official account; if our government’s record of the event were false, surely there’d be some trail of the truth? I can’t wrap my head around it. The government has lied about other things, too. They have. They do. But I can’t do anything about it. I just wish I could forget all this, dammit. All of it. I want to block it out. I need to. I need to focus fully on Papa."And she goes on like this for paaaaaaaaaages and paggggggges!! It felt like I would never escape the whining...The people in her life just think she poops gold and it made me sick. Rich friends who give her whatever she wants. A family friend as close as family who lets her make a fool of herself and waste a golden opportunity. A boy who never objects to the stupid things she does. The villain who doesn't scream at the author that this stupid chick gets away with outrageous stuff just because she wants to save her dad. The Light at the Bottom of the World didn't have a single redeemable character that I could respect or root for!!My ExperienceI will say that I totally went into this book willing to love it, wanting to love it and reading each page hoping it would get better. The Light at the Bottom of the World never materialized. I noticed right away that the language was heavy, and there was a focus on details that didn't matter and did nothing to help us bond with Leyla. Excruciating detail on day to day living, ho hum in the worst of ways. I kept wondering why this was soooooooooo boring. She would go on and on about her father. She MUST! She WILL! It did remind me of a teenager. But not one with enough sense she could find her father in the big, wide ocean without knowing where to go and with the government on her every move.The plot elements free of Leyla should be entertaining and high octane... but it just felt contrived. Everything didn't just come easily to her, it happened however she wanted it to. Something would happen and she would just... KNOW! It hurts me to say but... The Light at the Bottom of the World is a book I wish I never read.The Light at the Bottom of the World should have been a crazy good ocean adventure on a submarine against an evil government. Instead it was a contrived mess in a world that revealed itself as not making a lick of sense. Don't go underwater with this one... Lowest rating of the year for me, and I don't rant about a book like this without reason.⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐ Authenticity⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐ Writing Style⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ World BuildingB- Cover & Title gradeA sincere thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions. Believe me it really hasn't!!!!! (As you can probably tell.)______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews...Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!
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  • Vinny
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this book earlier today and my mind was totally blown. Where should I even start? Shah's debut has one of the best, creepiest, and most magnificent post-apocalyptic universes. It was cinematic, detailed, and incredibly vivid. All the sci-fi bits were well-written and it was clear that Shah did a tremendous amount of research in order to get them right, and I applaud her for that. The characters and the plot tied each other perfectly, and I enjoyed Leyla's dangerous and risky quest to get her father I finished this book earlier today and my mind was totally blown. Where should I even start? Shah's debut has one of the best, creepiest, and most magnificent post-apocalyptic universes. It was cinematic, detailed, and incredibly vivid. All the sci-fi bits were well-written and it was clear that Shah did a tremendous amount of research in order to get them right, and I applaud her for that. The characters and the plot tied each other perfectly, and I enjoyed Leyla's dangerous and risky quest to get her father back. Ari was a surprising character in this story because he started off being all mysterious and quiet, but I promise you that you'll enjoy his side of the story as well.This is me, hyperventilating about this outstanding debut, just mere hours after finishing it. Full (and proper) review to come closer to the publication date!Thank you to the author for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.Blog | Twitter | Instagram | RedBubble
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    I love me some sci-fi| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book
  • S.K. Ali
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so excited for everyone to get to know Leyla McQueen! Here's my official blurb: Riveting and exciting, LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD is a heart-racing adventure that reveals compelling and necessary truths about several critical issues of our times, while delivering all the thrills and twists of an epic quest. A stand-out, must-read book that engulfed me in its enthralling world and characters. Leyla McQueen is queen of the (under)seas!
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    The Light at the Bottom of the World is literal magic. I'm humbled and honored to have been an early reader. These characters and their hearts still live with me. Leyla is what the world needs, especially now.The SETTING is so entirely cinematic--immersive, stunning, gorgeously detailed, and joyfully imaginative. Everything about this book will sweep you away and fill you with hope.The first of many beauties from the immensely talented and lovely London Shah.
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  • Rec-It Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    WOW
  • Perusing YA
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a thrilling scifi story!! I've been in a book slump for a few months now and THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD pulled me straight out of it. What I LOVE about this book:--> Stunning world building - Shah's descriptions are mesmerizing and put you right there with Leyla in her sub as she explores the boundless water.--> Leyla McQueen - a Muslim girl leading the charge into danger and battle with strength, compassion, and determination to rescue her father. --& Wow! What a thrilling scifi story!! I've been in a book slump for a few months now and THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD pulled me straight out of it. What I LOVE about this book:--> Stunning world building - Shah's descriptions are mesmerizing and put you right there with Leyla in her sub as she explores the boundless water.--> Leyla McQueen - a Muslim girl leading the charge into danger and battle with strength, compassion, and determination to rescue her father. --> References to Leyla being Muslim - I loved the way Shah added these in without it being a spotlight. It was just a normal thing for Leyla to read the Quran, say her prayers, and say "bismillah" before starting her races and journey.--> Leyla and Ari - I SHIP IT!--> Message of hope - With her story, Shah reminds us the importance of having faith, holding on to hope, and looking towards the future. Rating: 5 stars*Thank you to Disney Publishing for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to be an early reader for this book, and fell in love instantly. A true adventure, you'll plunge into a world that is both familiar and strange. Underwater London, with only submersibles for travel, combining the majesty of ocean scenes with a futuristic civilization.Combine a gorgeous setting with a cast of characters that will draw you completely in, political intrigue, and danger on every side, and you, like me, won't be able to put it down. Although you, future I was lucky enough to be an early reader for this book, and fell in love instantly. A true adventure, you'll plunge into a world that is both familiar and strange. Underwater London, with only submersibles for travel, combining the majesty of ocean scenes with a futuristic civilization.Combine a gorgeous setting with a cast of characters that will draw you completely in, political intrigue, and danger on every side, and you, like me, won't be able to put it down. Although you, future readers, will be lucky enough to have a hard-cover or Kindle version, where I was glued to my desktop! No spoilers, obviously, but you'll be dying for the sequel, too! I need more of these two main characters. It was one of my top reads for the year, and I'm so glad the rest of the world gets to share it.
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  • Carissa
    January 1, 1970
    I was one of the few who was lucky enough to read a draft of this early on, and oh my word, can I just say, you all are in for treat!! Submersible racing in an alternate future Underwater London??? Umm yess!Leyla is a devastatingly endearing character and her antics both on and off the racecourse will have you alternately giggling and in tears. And this is all to say nothing of the intrigue surrounding her Papa’s disappearance and the astonishing secrets she uncovers about her world I was one of the few who was lucky enough to read a draft of this early on, and oh my word, can I just say, you all are in for treat!! Submersible racing in an alternate future Underwater London??? Umm yess!Leyla is a devastatingly endearing character and her antics both on and off the racecourse will have you alternately giggling and in tears. And this is all to say nothing of the intrigue surrounding her Papa’s disappearance and the astonishing secrets she uncovers about her world while searching for him.
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    The world deserves more young adult submarine-related fiction.
  • Kaitlin
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED from start to finish; the ending literally made the bottom drop out of my stomach. Full review will appear in an upcoming issue of School Library Journal.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early version of this manuscript and loved it!
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Disney Book Group - Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.After this book I was in complete shock! I was blown away by the concept of this book and the climax driven from the race really opened my eyes and brought a lot of things to light (literally!). I could see myself with Leyla and racing with the sea creatures in hopes of saving her father who has been arrested. This book was received as an ARC from Disney Book Group - Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.After this book I was in complete shock! I was blown away by the concept of this book and the climax driven from the race really opened my eyes and brought a lot of things to light (literally!). I could see myself with Leyla and racing with the sea creatures in hopes of saving her father who has been arrested. Then during the race especially when the prize will be whatever the winner desires granted by the prime minister. Then things take an unexpected turn as twists and turns start to emerge and things go out of left field for Leyla and she has to make the toughest decision ever that could cost her father's life. This book will leave you at the edge of your seat and leave you speechless at the end. I could see a potential series here and if it does form, I know our teen book club will go crazy for it.We will consider adding this title to our YFiction collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Rebeca
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from the author and it doesn't affect my opinion of the book in any way.The Light at The Bottom of The World by London Shah is definitely a unique read, it's unlike anything I've read before and I love it even more for that! I don't even know where to begin but I'm going to say this: you have to add this book to your TBR right now! It's the kind of book that once you dive in you won't want to stop reading🙌.London's writing style is amazing. She create I received this book from the author and it doesn't affect my opinion of the book in any way.The Light at The Bottom of The World by London Shah is definitely a unique read, it's unlike anything I've read before and I love it even more for that! I don't even know where to begin but I'm going to say this: you have to add this book to your TBR right now! It's the kind of book that once you dive in you won't want to stop reading🙌.London's writing style is amazing. She created a story that I'm sure I'm going to be diving into again in no time! The worldbuilding is incredible, it was so... vivid and wonderful, I have to say I held my breath more than once!Let's talk about the characters, shall we? Leyla is an incredible character. What I admire about her is the fact that even when she was scared, even when the odds looks like they weren't on her favor, she didn't give up! And Ari... Ari is someone that will surprise you. He is the best, I also enjoyed the way they acted around each other! All the swoons❤️ He's brave and my heart broke for him, because of all he has gone through. Leyla and Ari are the perfect team🙌.The Twins, Oscar, her grandfather... I really can't wait for you all to read the book and meet these incredible characters! I'm so curious about some of the characters that appeared almost at the end of the story and I hope we can read more about them in the next book!There's an incredible marathon, twists when you least expect it, robots, sea creatures... IT'S AMAZING!The Light at The Bottom of The World is an incredibly story about not giving ups on hope, face our fears in the hardest of times and about finding love when you least expect it.I hope you love this book when you read it😊Becky❤️
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  • Lindsay Galvin
    January 1, 1970
    The Light at the Bottom of the World is a thrilling underwater adventure set in the unique setting of a submerged London of the future. Leyla McQueen is a captivating protagonist; determined, hotheaded and always driven by her love of her family. The relationships between characters are well drawn and moving, I really felt for Leyla and bought into her worldview, and she is the perfect pilot to speed the reader through the terrors and delights of a world submerged. The writing is as epic as the The Light at the Bottom of the World is a thrilling underwater adventure set in the unique setting of a submerged London of the future. Leyla McQueen is a captivating protagonist; determined, hotheaded and always driven by her love of her family. The relationships between characters are well drawn and moving, I really felt for Leyla and bought into her worldview, and she is the perfect pilot to speed the reader through the terrors and delights of a world submerged. The writing is as epic as the setting, vivid and filmic. I feel privileged to have had this early glimpse into Leyla's fascinating world and can't wait to read the final version in 2019.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    The Light at the Bottom of the World is a book with a lot of heart, and a sensitive one at that. I found Leyla to be a wonderful main character; she was strong, determined, and so very afraid of the world around her, but that never stopped her from following her heart and doing what needed to be done. In a world full of strong female characters, there seems to be a lack of characters who are on the softer side of strong, more resilient and determined than battle ready and punching faces in, whic The Light at the Bottom of the World is a book with a lot of heart, and a sensitive one at that. I found Leyla to be a wonderful main character; she was strong, determined, and so very afraid of the world around her, but that never stopped her from following her heart and doing what needed to be done. In a world full of strong female characters, there seems to be a lack of characters who are on the softer side of strong, more resilient and determined than battle ready and punching faces in, which I found refreshing. It's also full of much needed representation. Leyla is a British Muslim girl who believes. She believes in hope, in a world that has continually lied to her and let her down, in the people around her to do the right thing, in God, in herself (though she struggles with her fear and anxiety) and it is that quality, that steady belief, that sees her through her challenges. After her Papa is falsely accused of a crime and taken away by the authorities, she will stop at nothing to find out what happened and get him back. You can't help but feel for her as you watch her risk everything to save the ones she loves. Also of note is the unique setting, taking place in a post-apocalyptic scenario where the human race was forced under water after an asteroid hit. It's wonderfully imaginative with its descriptions of sea life and futuristic technology designed to help humans adapt to their new home. In an effort to assist humans with the aftermath and rebuilding, they've created Anthropoids who are humans enhanced with technology meant to help clear the debris post asteroid, only they've turned against those who created them without any explanation and the government is doing little to actually help their citizens-- too obsessed with returning back to the surface in a world they can't let go.The Light at the Bottom of the World takes you on a non-stop adventure with some of the best companions, including a holographic, flamboyant, popular literary figure, a puppy, a girl who is desperate to save her family, and the boy who keeps secrets while keeping her safe. You will laugh, you will cry, you will soar and ache and love, but most of all, you will believe. And that in itself, is a very specific and powerful sort of magic.
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  • Shealea
    January 1, 1970
    Um. I’m really hoping that after some more time spent processing (and maybe after discussing the book with my reading buddy, Kaleena), my rating would be bumped up into 3 stars. I really do.But for now, all I can say is that I read majority of this story with a giant question mark planted on my face (to be explained in my full review), and it was pretty difficult for me to connect with The Light at the Bottom of the World.Nonetheless, I think this is more of a “me” issue than a bo Um. I’m really hoping that after some more time spent processing (and maybe after discussing the book with my reading buddy, Kaleena), my rating would be bumped up into 3 stars. I really do.But for now, all I can say is that I read majority of this story with a giant question mark planted on my face (to be explained in my full review), and it was pretty difficult for me to connect with The Light at the Bottom of the World.Nonetheless, I think this is more of a “me” issue than a book/writing issue.
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  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest reviewI...am sad yet again. This book was just not for me at all and I wish it were because it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year but alas, I did not vibe with the writing and couldn't connect with the MC.RTC!
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  • Tom Malinowski
    January 1, 1970
    100 years in the future, Britain and most of the world is underwater due to a calamity. The London Submersible Marathon is on everyone's mind, especially teen Leyla's. If she wins, could ask for anything wants and she's already decided, have her father freed from prison. His disappearance still has left her with many questions. When she teams up with the mysterious Ari who will help her retrieve her father, could their blossoming friendship be derailed by a secret he's keeping? Enjoyed this. The 100 years in the future, Britain and most of the world is underwater due to a calamity. The London Submersible Marathon is on everyone's mind, especially teen Leyla's. If she wins, could ask for anything wants and she's already decided, have her father freed from prison. His disappearance still has left her with many questions. When she teams up with the mysterious Ari who will help her retrieve her father, could their blossoming friendship be derailed by a secret he's keeping? Enjoyed this. The dread, the depths, the unknown....The vast ocean was such a great character of the book.
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  • Rachel Sh
    January 1, 1970
    I had the pleasure of reading a very early draft of this quite some time ago now and all I can say is this book and author completely deserve the recognition - I am so, so happy it’s finally getting published! The world and storyline in Shah’s novel is unlike anything I’ve ever come across in YA fiction. Incredibly fast-paced and so easy and fun to fly through! I can only imagine how good it must be now if I read an early manuscript!
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