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.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-yea...

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
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia

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

  • megs_bookrack
    **4.5-stars rounded up**Debut novels have really been impressing me lately and The Light at the Bottom of the World is no exception. This is quite a captivating story. I don't think I have ever read anything like it.Set at the end of the 21st-century, the world is now underwater. Our protagonist, 16-year old Leyla McQueen, is living on her own in London. Her Father has been arrested and spirited away by government authorities, although no one wil...
  • London Shah
    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!
  • Lola
    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 th...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Nadia
    A full review can be found on my blog, Headscarves and Hardbacks!Thank you to the author for providing me with an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review!I was both excited and nervous to dive into this because it’s one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year, but it’s needless to say that the book surpassed all of my expectations.Shah’s writing is captivating in a way that allows the reader to fully submerge themselve...
  • Maria
    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...
  • USOM
    (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 tha...
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  • Vinny —.:* Artsy Draft
    —.。* Quick recap! Short synopsis: A teen racer joining a racing competition in the hope of winning the first place and trade the prize to free her falsely charged father. Read this book if you're: Fan of the underwater dystopian story written by an #OwnVoices Muslim author. You might want to consider it because: The story took place in the dark & deep ocean. It might be unsettling, especially if you have a phobia of deep water.The Light at ...
  • Olive
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  • Perusing YA
    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...
  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    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 ...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Vinny MSSet in the post-apocalyptic underwater London, The Light at the Bottom of the World follows the story of Leyla McQueen, a sixteen-year-old British/Afghan Muslim racer who is seeking for the truth about her father, who was falsely charged by the government. With the belief that her father was innocent, she joins an annual marathon event to win the first place and trade her winning for the ...
  • Elle Rudy
    Kind of surprised this one seems to have flown under the radar. As far as YA fantasy goes, it’s one of the better ones I’ve read this year. The characters aren’t that revelatory, but the setting is absolutely exceptional. When I read that it took place in completely underwater version of London, I assumed the inhabitants were all going to be mermaids. Or something similar at least, but nope! In this post-apocalyptic future the surviving civ...
  • 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!
  • Kal ★ Reader Voracious
    The Light at the Bottom of the World won the Best YA Setting & Best YA Cover categories of the 2019 Bookish Reader's Choice Awards! “Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters. The great Old Floods had done more than exile humanity to the depths of the oceanic abyss. They had also ravaged humankind of all faith and, like expiring pockets of air, sucked out any belief they would ever again live in peace.” The Light at the Bottom ...
  • Diana
    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 determ...
  • Rebeca
    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 sty...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    Okay so I was expecting the submarine race to be a lot more of this book but it's done like in the first 1/3 of the story so that threw me a bit. I didn't realize how much government conspiracy was going to be in this and that we'd have an attempt at a prison break. This has a lot of elements that I enjoy but I think my favourite part was Leyla and her bodyguard. She was really likable and strong and not a stupid damsel. I loved that the conflict...
  • 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...
  • Kaitlin
    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.
  • 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...
  • Meghan
    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 sa...
  • Diana Urban
    The Light at the Bottom of the World is a compelling, atmospheric dystopia of a society living under water. The world-building in this book is phenomenal, with rich and vivid descriptions, and all the details were so well thought-out. I loved seeing how people lived in a flooded world, and appreciated the focus on the mental health ramifications of such an environment—the ever-present nostalgia for life on land, and the “seasickness” depres...
  • Tom Malinowski
    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 de...
  • 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...
  • Nadine Courtney
    A page-turning, gorgeous read: Leyla McQueen is an incredible protagonist (hopeful, loving, and so easy to root for)!
  • Olivia
    THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD is a compelling and atmospheric YA fantasy/science fiction. In the future, the world has been completely flooded, the surface rendered unlivable and humanity lives under the water in pods with submersibles. Seasickness, a form of depression, has taken hold and is a very big problem. People also face terrorism threats by anthropoids, humanoid creatures that can breathe underwater and were created by people to h...