Top positive review
5.0 out of 5 starsMy 4-year old was crying today
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 20, 2023
So. I love everything by Rick Riordan, I basically have read all his books.
This book had a slightly smaller charm than his others. I felt like there are a lot of repetitions, also some parts were overwritten. Overally the writing would have needed some "ripening" and an extra round of revision from the author. Some parts it turned into the parody of themselves.
However, the storyline was enjoyable, some events were shocking, and the parts about the Nautilus were very interesting.
Everyone says this is a standalone, but I definitely feel that the door has been left wide open for sequels.
And then why 5 stars? It made me want to read the original, of which I am in the process. While reading, my 4 year old became interested in the "super cool submarine", so I bought a children's version of Verne's book 20.000 leagues... which we are now reading daily. We also built a Lego Nautilus. Moreover, we watched the cartoon version of The Mistery Island. Hence the crying - my son was sad the Nautilus has been destroyed.
However, because of Daughter of the Deep I was able to comfort him by saying that the Nautilus has survived and it was just a lie to keep people from searching. He really appreciated this point of view.
So if solely because of this book there are now two generations reading the original, keeping the Nautilus legend alive, it reached its goal and deserves a good rating :)