The Rising Tide by J. Scott Coatsworth is another amazing space adventure filled with suspense and this time, a sudden dash of horror!
This is the second book in the Liminal Sky series and just like the first, I found it near impossible to put this down. I was so immersed in the story thanks to all of the intense action, the plot, and all of the amazing characters!
If you missed my review of The Stark Divide, feel free to check that out first and then come back here.
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my review in any way.
Let’s dive into my review!
My Thoughts on The Rising Tide (Liminal Sky #2) by J. Scott Coatsworth
This tale picks up five years after the ending of the first book. And while I read the first book almost a full year ago at this point, it felt like I had just jumped from one book to the next, the story and characters were so memorable to me!
Just like the previous book, this one is split into three parts. However, with this timeline, each part only jumps a few years. I really enjoyed this because we got to spend plenty of time with the same main group of characters which were a mix of characters from book one as well as new characters that were born on Forever.
When this story begins, Forever as it cruises through space, still headed to it’s final destination.
While many things seem to finally be going well on Forever, there are other darker things that are hidden below the surface. But these dark elements won’t be kept a secret for long… And when things start coming into the light, the crew quickly realizes that Forever and all of its inhabitants are in danger. But can they figure out the root of the issue and fix things before it is too late?
Just like the first book, there was so much action and suspense! At one point, there was also some straight-up horror. As a horror fan I was equally disgusted and horrified. Well done, Mr. Coatsworth!
It was so difficult to put the book down when things got tense. I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. However, it was also difficult to put it down when all was going well simply because I loved the characters so much. I just wanted to stick with them for as long as possible.
This author does such an amazing job with character development and relationships! Just like I said with my review of the first book, the diversity of the characters wasn’t overly discussed; it was just totally natural, as it should be!
I loved that there were relationships of all kinds in this book. Each relationship was so realistic, natural, and beautiful. I really appreciated the fact that the author added in an asexual character in this book as well. The way that this topic was approached by two of the characters was equally informative and heartfelt. I couldn’t have imagined a better way for the discussion the two characters had to play out. It was so spot-on for each of their personalities, and it was also written in a way that educated the readers as well.
Of course, when I began nearing the end of the book, I started getting bummed out. I just didn’t want it to end! Thank goodness there’s a third book, I cannot wait to dive in. This time I won’t be waiting nearly as long! 🙂
My Favorite Passages from The Rising Tide
Nothing like taking oneself too seriously. The universe was always ready to knock a person down a peg.
“I suppose people are always afraid of things that are new and different.”
My Final Thoughts on The Rising Tide
I had so much fun reading this book. It’s one of those books that you read and just want to shout: GO READ THIS BOOK ASAP! It’s so difficult to put into words just how much I loved this.
If you enjoy sci-fi, then I highly recommend this to you!
Especially to those looking for sci-fi with wonderful LGBT characters. However, you definitely need to make sure to read the first book before this one as it helps to build the world and the backstory that you will need diving into this one.
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