When an apocalyptic catastrophe decimates the land, a lucky few escape on a souped-up cruise ship called the Catalina. After 16 years, the strain begins to show in a floating world of distrust and shifting allegiances.
A young mechanic named Esther wants to prove herself, but she tends to bash things up in the name of progress. When disaster strikes the Catalina on Esther's watch, she must risk everything to fix her mistake. She sails in search of help and encounters a mysterious metropolis called the Galaxy Flotilla. The inhabitants are keen to parade their lives of luxury, but they'll want something in return for their warm welcome.
A new storm is brewing on the post-apocalyptic ocean. Can Esther save her friends aboard the Catalina before it's too late?
©2014 Jordan Rivet (P)2016 Jordan Rivet
"The quick-paced story is fueled by an adeptly realized sense of place, a powerful undercurrent of emotional nuance, vibrant details, a cast of complex characters and no shortage of seriously suspenseful situations. Rivet does more than make her characters, their connection to each other and their circumstances engaging; she makes them irresistible." (Underground Book Reviews Top Pick, nominated for Best Book of 2014)
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
I picked this one up a long time ago, and somehow my review didn't post, so this is a revised review after taking another stab at it, as I also have book 2 now!
What I really enjoyed through this book and again in taking another listen was the world building. Of course we all expect in a post-apocalyptic world for there to be many events for the characters to get over, but this was written in such a way that these events were not just breathtaking but so very emotional.
16 years after the event that sends everyone to the seas this story digs down and brings us some events that will really tug at your thoughts. The Catalina and her crew/citizens are forced to act after their ship breaks down, but this causes a lot of grief and internal confusion in what to do, and in the people who might help.
I love the characters in here, of course Esther especially who is great with leading and being who she's supposed to be. they're all really interesting and fight for all the right reasons.
Ray's tone and style really suits sea bound stories, (hence the Atomic Sea) and I really love the voices for each character that he choose, they bring the story and the people to life in so many ways. There were some interesting accent choices, and one that really made me laugh out loud, but in a good way. No spoilers, I've got book 2 to listen to this next week, as soon as I've caught up on some others, so many great books released this last week. I don't know what to pick!
It's brilliant. One of the best. Some great action scenes and I really like Esther.
Think of a great action book that you really like. This is like that. It is backed by the apocalyptic story which I also liked but for those who don't like end of the world stuff it's more action and survival than hung up on viruses etc.
Really good narration. Great with both the characters and the story.
Yes. I listened to it on two long journeys over two days. I loved it.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.
16 years after a volcanic eruption filled the skies with ash, blighting crops, changing weather patterns and making life almost untenable on land, a group of survivors struggle on aboard the Catalina, a small cruise ship. With limited supplies and old equipment in constant need of repair, life is tenuous. Then Esther, 22 years old and an opinionated budding mechanic, makes a mistake which threatens them all unless they can find a way to replace the water filters. Which means they need to find another ship willing to trade. Immediately.
This book was an enjoyable listen with a good storyline but I had some problems, well, queries really, over some aspects. For example, although in short supply, the ships needed diesel to power their engines and I have always believed that, after about four years, this power source starts to rapidly deteriorate so was unlikely to be usefully available after sixteen years. And in a sky so filled with ash that crops die, surely it would be impossible to enjoy a nighttime filled with stars? These things aside, it was interesting to compare two very different societies even if that aboard the Galaxy flotilla was too good to be true. Perhaps after three or four years, yes, but sixteen? Somehow, I don't think so, even with their greater initial resources and later acquisitions.
Ray Greenley's narration was mostly very good. He has a pleasant, easy on the ear voice and he read the text fluently and with feeling .His dialogue voices were distinctly different, too. But, sadly, some of his accents were dreadful, in particular that of the water taxi driver, Byron, whose strange speech came from nowhere known. Better to have stayed with less convoluted voicing.
So, would I recommend this book, which I received as a complimentary copy from the author, narrator or publisher, via Audiobook Boom, in exchange for an honest review? Yes, I would, provided the listener was prepared to suspend disbelief to simply enjoy the story of a stubborn young woman caught up in a different type of post apocalyptic world
TARGET AUDIENCE: This is a new twist on the apocalypse. No zombies, instead you come face to face with the good and bad of human existence. Tells the amazing story of both people who work together for the common good, and those who are only concerned with themselves.
PROFANITY AND SEX: None, Thank you. Terrific story for listeners of all ages.
NARRATOR: Wow. Truly brings the book to life. Really does a great job with different characters and voices. You never get characters confused or lose your way.
OVERALL: Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.
"a fast paced post-apocalyptic novel"
Seabound by Jordan Rivet is the first novel in a series called The Seabound Chronicles. Civilization has been pushed to the sea and people live in communities on a diversity of ships, barges, and other vessels. Esther is a young mechanic on a solitary cruise ship called the Catalina. Over the years, resources have become strained and the crew of the Catalina have needed to trade with other ships or groups of ships, regardless of the potential danger of these interactions. Further, politics on the Catalina have also become turbulent as differences arise on how to use resources and interact with strangers. When a critical life supporting piece of equipment on the Catalina is destroyed, the crew of the Catalina is forced to interact with an unknown and seemingly idyllic group of ships called the Galaxy flotilla. As Esther attempts to obtain the resources needed to fix her ship, she and her crewmates begin to realize that the Galaxy flotilla may not be as generous and accommodating as it initially appears. Esther must figure out a way to repair their equipment while trying to retain the Catalina’s independence from the Galaxy flotilla.
This is a fast paced post-apocalyptic novel filled with friendly banter, politics, action, and even some romance. The post-apocalyptic setting of the sea is a pretty unique premise and allowed the characters to deal with challenges differently than would have occurred in a similar story but on land. While there was not a lot of discussion regarding the apocalypse that caused this migration to the sea, there were hints of where the story may be going in the next few books. It also would have been nice to see more of the early, more turbulent, life of the survivors. The glimpses helped add depth to the story and the characters. The interactions between most of the characters really felt true to how people behave and the main characters were all well developed. Esther, especially, grew a lot as the novel progressed. She was a good female protagonist in that she is not above reproach, which gives her room to grow. I look forward to seeing how the story progresses.
The narration by Ray Greenly was well done. The voice characterization of the different characters was spot-on. The production quality was also good. I would recommend this novel to readers who like strong female protagonists, young adult novels, and post-apocalyptic stories.
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"Quite the water world adventure!"
This is a fun, exciting dystopian tale that is full of action and adventure. It's a great story to listen to and easily keeps your attention with all the little plot twists.
"Adventure at sea can be neverending"
4.5 out of 5 stars
Seabound tells the story of a cruise ship adrift at sea years after a post-apocalyptic situation made almost all of land uninhabitable.
Ray Greenley narrates Seabound and does a really nice job. He gave each character a different voice (which was nice because there were a lot of people in the story). The stuck up people definitely sounded stuck up, and the "real" people sounded like they were real and believable.
The story reminded me a lot of the movie Waterworld in the beginning. As I continued reading it, it was a much more in depth version (with less... mutations). I loved that movie, but I actually enjoyed the premise of this story more.
Rivet does a really great job building a strong and powerful main character in Esther. She was strong when she needed to be and showed her age when she needed to. It's nice to have a character like her be the lead for a story like this, especially because you're not expecting it.
Overall, Seabound was a nice change of pace. I just finished another different take on the Post-Apocalyptic story (SpaceMan), and this was another book in that category. Normally it's people on land trying to figure out how they are going to make it. Seabound started out after everything happened and showed you a world where people were trying to survive while adrift at sea on an old cruise ship.
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In an apocalypse that takes over the land people now live on boats. Ester and her friends live o the Catalina, but after 16 years things start to break, one of those thing is the desalination system, and on Esters watch. But when they meet up with the Galaxy flotilla a flotilla of Galaxy cruise ships and many other ships that have joined up with them or they have found and taken, trading does not go as planned.
This is a wonderful, action packed, suspenseful book. The characters are great, I had the audio, narrated by Ray Greenley and he gave each character a different voice which helped me to fall in love with the characters and the story. Mr. Greenley really made this story for me, he gave this story a pulse and it grew from there. This book (author) and the narrator just go together so well I hope to get to some day listen to book two and beyond of this series. Because I can't wait to find out what happens to Ester and her friends and of course the Catalina.
"Fantastic story and a new take on the apocalypse"
It is difficult to choose just one thing. The story was great with very real and relatable characters. I was very engrossed in it and found myself constantly trying to guess what was going to happen next and putting myself in Esther's shoes.
If I were to choose a single thing I liked best it would be the originality of the story. I am a great lover of post apocalyptic fiction. Recently there is a tremendous glut of zombie stories, which while not necessarily a bad thing, it seems to become derivative after a time. The idea of civilization surviving the apocalypse on board ships...cruise ships no less...was brilliant and I found the author was really good with details that came to mind: ("How do they get enough food? How do they make repairs?" etc.)
Also the end of the world came not from EMP or nuclear warheads, but rather from a natural event.
I really loved this book!
It is hard to find a direct comparison of the work, and of course many post apocalyptic books have similarities. If I were to draw some comparisons I might take Lucifer's Hammer for the natural disaster aspect and The Road for the gritty feel.
I do not want to spoil it by the whole scene involving the Lucinda. It was awesome.
Absolutely. I was sorry that I couldn't!
Please get the other books in the series on Audible immediately so I can listen to them!! I want to know more.
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Liked the concept. This book is different than most apocalyptic type stories that I have read, in the fact that it takes place on the ocean. The story started out slow, it took a long time for anything to happen. The story needed to be a bit more exciting sooner. While the story gets a bit more interesting about 1/4 way in, the most action takes place in the last 2 hours of the story.
Apocalyptic life on the seas. After a volcanic explosion changes how life on earth is lived. Those lucky enough to be on a cruise or make it to a boat as the disaster struck are now sea bound. As the years pass things are deteriorating on the Catalina. When they come into contact with a large group of boats for a simple trading deal things do not go as planned. Their lives are about to change.
Now that the story has been set up it will be interesting to see where the author takes the story from here.
Ray Greenly does a good job with the narration. This is the first time I have heard him narrate a book. Nice even pace. Clearly spoken. Pleasant voice. Good character voices.
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"Interesting setting and characters"
Post-apocalytic, Ocean Everywhere
Actually, the first similar story that comes to mind is either Star Trek Voyager or Stargate Universe. Granted, we don't see any Sci-Fi in Seabound, but it's the classic story of something going horribly wrong (in this case the world partially explodes and then floods) and then we follow an isolated group of survivors who are adrift in their vessel. They encounter others along the way, some friends, and some enemies, and just try to survive another day while trying to provide something for the future as well.
Greenley brings a host of voices and accents to the story. At times I was reminded of characters from another sea-heavy series I listed to that Greenley narrated, The Atomic Sea. This book was a lot less dark then that series, however, and it was easy to lose track of time as I listened to Greenley narrate the story.
For the most part, yes. I listened to it while driving to and from work, and before I knew it, I had arrived at my destination, and was anxious to continue listening. I finished listening to this book in 2 days. I hope that Rivet and Greenley pair up to bring the next book out in audio format so I can continue following Esther's adventures.
This isn't the type of book I'd normally pick for myself, but I really enjoyed listening to it and am excited to continue listening when the audio book for book #2 comes out.
"Great story, great naration"
Haven't read the print version
The overall situation intrigued me. Post apocalyptic but no zombies!
His characters have consistent unique voices, no doubt as to who is talking. Good reading in general
Your pleasure cruse has been extended!
Good story, good characters, good narration..
"Apocalypse at Sea"
Excellent book. This book depicts life at sea following a volcanic eruption. The heroine is a young woman who makes age appropriate mistakes and excellent choices at the same time. She was not cast as a super hero or someone with super human abilities. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book. Narrator Ray Greenly did a superb job.
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