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First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope.

Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s best chance for survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga!

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on May 5, 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0544348257
ISBN-13: 9780544348257
6 Book Reviews
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  • ajg16
    ajg16Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:32 pm55 stars
    Lyric Walker, a girl who lives in Coney Island and her life changes in one night when she witnessed the arrival of The Alpha or First Men. (They are basically normal people only they live underwater, some have scales, tails, sharp teeth, and other traits) Several Alpha teenagers are forced to go to her high school. And despite her efforts she is told to help the Alpha Prince, Fathom, learn to adjust to being an American Teenager. But, after they spend time together (Lyric is teaching him things like reading english, and doing things that are normal to her) she finds that she may like him a lot more then she would've ever thought. It would be very dangerous if they were to go places together as both sides (The Alpha + Humans) right to keep them and everyone else seperated, there's riots, gangs, and government officials saying basically, the Alpha are horrible, dangerous, violent people. But there are people (like lyric and her friends Bex + Shadow) Who try to show everyone is basically equal and should be aloud to even talk and/or hang out together. and with ALL of this happening Lyric and her parents have a huge secret that could endanger there lives. What an amazing read, exciting, adventurous, and never a dull moment! Recommended to 14 and up. Thanks for reading -Ajg15's Reviews
    • eggcritic
      eggcriticThursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:24 am11 star
      Undertow is very slow in the way it builds up its situation, to the point where it is exhausting. There are virtually pointless moments in the book, and there's nothing significantly interesting except it's ending which goes on and on. It's long and moves like a snail, so why try?
      • kuo
        kuoTuesday, September 6, 2016 at 3:33 pm
        i am reading in class. so far so good
        • rainkit309
          rainkit309Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 2:35 pm55 stars
          This is an amazing book filled with amazing characters. This book shows that there may be other life. I love how it mixes fantasy and fairy tales together into a book that makes older kids want to read it.
          • that1brony
            that1bronyThursday, October 22, 2015 at 6:31 am
            I am currently reading this mainly because my part time Librarian friend recommended to me saying its along my tastes. i currrently have the book checked out, but i am reading 2 more in front of it. ill read in in 2-3 days in other words xD
            • chikitin joseTuesday, May 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm
              This book sounds interesting, and i would like to read it.