The Light at the Bottom of the World (Light the Abyss, #1) by London Shah

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

Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.In the last days of the twenty-first century, sea creatures swim through the ruins of London. Trapped in the abyss, humankind wavers between fear and hope—fear of what lurks in the depths around them, and hope that they might one day find a way back to the surface.When sixteen-year-old submersible racer Leyla McQueen is chosen to participate in the prestigious annual marathon, she sees an o...

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

TitleThe Light at the Bottom of the World (Light the Abyss, #1)
Release DateOct 29th, 2019
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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

  • London Shah
    UPDATE: Eeee, first blurbs & industry reviews are coming in!!!
  • Maria Hossain
    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 r...
  • Nadia
    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...
  • AJ
    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 climate change has rendered the surface 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 h...
  • Laura Weymouth
    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 s...
  • Rachel Strolle
  • Courtney
    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...
  • Sarah
    I read an early version of this manuscript and loved it! I can't wait to see how it has evolved!
  • Lindsay Galvin
    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...
  • Estella Mirai
    I was privileged to be one of the earliest readers of this book, and ohhhh my goodness, readers, it is fantastic. The world building is fabulous—both in terms of introducing the speculative elements and in introducing London to this reader who has never been there (yet!).Layla is such a fun, flawed, and nuanced character that you can’t help but feel for her, and I became invested in her story right away. The supporting cast is marvelous as we...
  • Monica Hoffman
    I was very fortunate to read this epic deep sea adventure before it even landed a publishing deal and I thought then as I do now, this is a out of this world story, unique in every way, and something YA has been missing! I can't wait to get my hands on the real book! Get ready for a thrill ride in a submarine!
  • Carissa
    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 astonishi...
  • Kara
    "The Light at the Bottom of the World" is a total page-turner! In the year 2099, no one lives above the surface. An asteroid hit Earth, sending the world beneath the ocean. London still thrives, albeit with ruins of St. Paul's, Big Ben, and all the historical sites. The government promises Britons that they'll return to the surface soon. In the meantime, 16-year-old Leyla McQueen competes in the London Submersible Marathon in hopes of winning her...
  • Audrey
    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 abl...
  • Megan
    I had the distinct pleasure of reading an early draft of this novel and I can't wait to read it upon release. 'Early draft?' you say. 'It has to have changed! I cry foul!'To you I say, there are some things that always stick with a book, no matter what draft it is. In this case, readers can look forward to1. A witty, compassionate, and strong main character. This is a girl taking charge of a submersible and risking everything to save her papa. 2....
  • S.K. Ali
    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!
  • Cindy
    I had the privilege of reading an early draft of this gorgeous book earlier this year, and I can't say enough good things about the loveliness of the prose, the uniqueness of the story, and the pluck and courage of the protagonist. Shah's vision of an underwater London is so vividly drawn, and Leyla is the kind of character you just can't help rooting for. ❤ I'm so excited to see this book out in the world! I had the privilege of reading an e...
  • Gabriel Dylan
    What a book! It had me from the first page, with the vivid, evocative descriptions of futuristic, sunken London streets, and never let go. The submarine chases through the underwater city were fantastic, and Leyla is such a fantastic heroine. It was also so refreshing to see a Muslim central character, one who listens to punk rock and can take on anyone as the pilot of her own mini submersible. I feel very privileged to have had a sneak peak of t...
  • Rachel Sh
    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!
  • Sarah Juckes
    I whizzed through this book. I don't think I've been as addicted to a new world since The Hunger Games! Wonderful to see diversity at the core of an action/adventure/sci-fi story, too. One for your to-read list, for sure.
  • Nadine Courtney
    A page-turning, gorgeous read: Leyla McQueen is an incredible protagonist (hopeful, loving, and so easy to root for)!