Book Review: Aquarius Rising Book 2: Blood Tide

Today, I will be reviewing Aquarius Rising Book 2: Blood Tide by Brian Burt.


About the Author

Brian Burt writes both short and novel-length speculative fiction. His short story "The Last Indian War" won the Writers of the Future Gold Award and was anthologized in Writers of the Future Volume VIII. His debut novel, "Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God," won the 2014 EPIC eBook Award for Science Fiction. Book 2 of the Aquarius Rising trilogy, "Blood Tide," won the 2016 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for Science Fiction.


The Review

I really enjoy reading a good sci-fi novel, and one of my biggest problems with many works in the genre is that they have a way of focusing too heavily on creating new words and concepts and overwhelming the reader with a lot of new and strange ideas that don't really belong in the world. To that end, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it didn't do that. It actually did the opposite by focusing on the characters and only occasionally sprinkling in new ideas for the reader.

I thought the concept of the nanotechnology was well-done and interesting, and I also really enjoyed the undersea world and how well it was all put together. It reminded me a little bit of Bioshock, and that was something else I truly enjoyed in this vein and I have to say this swept me up.

Rating: 5-Stars

Anyone who likes sci-fi or just post-apocalyptic stories will love Aquarius Rising


Megalops is an Aquarian, a human-dolphin hybrid who lives in one of the many reef-cities that thrive beneath the waves on an Earth ravaged by climate change. Some of the Humans who cling to the barren lands blame Aquarius for their plight and unleashed the Medusa Plague that entombed Megalops's wife and daughter in stone. Tormented by that loss, Megalops dedicates everything to avenging his murdered family, no matter what the cost. He unleashes a Vendetta Virus as cruel and lethal as the Medusa Plague, a bio-weapon that transforms living Humans into Aquarian corpses.  Ocypode -- one of the heroes who stopped the Medusa Plague -- and his band of Human and Aquarian allies battle desperate odds to prevent Megalops from committing an act of genocide that will escalate into global conflict, dragging the Earth's other humanoid species into the chaos. War demands sacrifice. If Mother Earth and Mother Ocean wage war against each other, will anyone survive?



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