A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Raging Sea is the second volume in the Undertow Trilogy by Michael Buckley. The science-fiction series is set after a race of undersea humanoids attack the East Coast. Strong language is kept to a minimum, with a few instances each of "hell," "damn," "bastard," "bitch," "ass," and "pissed." Violent battle scenes are frequent, but the author does not dwell on the bloody details. A police officer is shot to death. A major supporting character has her arm amputated. The villains recruit small children to engage in battle, knowing few will survive. Sexual content is limited to a scene in which Lyric and Fathom slip away to "mate." (No further details are provided.)
What's the story?
In RAGING SEA, Lyric Walker is on the run with two companions: her best friend, Bex, and Arcade, a member of the Alpha, a humanoid species suited for life underwater. With much of the East Coast devastated by monstrous invaders known as the Rusalka, the trio searches for Lyric's missing parents in Texas. The journey is fraught with danger, but none of the girls is prepared for what they find once they reach their destination. If her loved ones -- not to mention the rest of humanity -- have any chance of survival, Lyric must be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Is it any good?
It takes a lot of work to keep the middle volume of a sci-fi trilogy afloat, but author Michael Buckley does his best to raise the action and suspense in this installment of his undersea saga. Lyric and her companions encounter new dangers in their quest to rescue Lyric's missing parents, and they wind up in greater jeopardy than before. Buckley engineers a couple of neat plot twists, but there's sometimes a sense that the narrative is just marking time until Book 3. Still, there's an action-packed showdown at the climax of this volume, and the final pages will definitely leave loyal readers ready for more.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how people react to natural disasters and acts of war. Why do you think some survivors look for others to blame?
Why is dystopian fiction so popular? Why do so many readers enjoy contemplating the end of the world?
How do you forgive someone who has hurt or betrayed you?
- Author: Michael Buckley
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, High School, Misfits and Underdogs, Ocean Creatures
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: February 2, 2016
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
- Number of pages: 368
- Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
Themes & Topics
Browse titles with similar subject matter.
Our editors recommend
Top advice and articles
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.