Seaswept : Seabound Chronicles

  • by Jordan Rivet
  • Narrated by Ray Greenley
  • Series: Seabound Chronicles
  • 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sixteen years ago, a volcanic eruption changed the world forever. A small group of survivors escaped on a cruise ship called the Catalina ahead of a choking cloud of ash. Since then, they have been surviving at sea, drifting until the land becomes safe again.
The adventure continues in Seaswept, the heart-stopping second book in the Seabound Chronicles.
After her triumphant return to the Catalina, Esther begins developing a new way to produce energy. Meanwhile, the exiles from the Galaxy Flotilla, including the enigmatic David Hawthorne, struggle to find their place aboard the Catalina.
When Esther makes a major breakthrough, David offers to sell her technology for supplies and alliances for the Catalina. They dock with the Amsterdam Coalition, where David's bidding war soon takes a dangerous turn.
How far will Esther go to rescue him? She's still not sure whether she can trust anyone on the post-apocalyptic ocean - even David himself.

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Great series so far!

Esther's apocalypse at sea continues! Book two has quite a bit more action than the first. Esther creates a game changing new technology that improves sea travel without having to rely on oil. Definitely a game changer!

The romance between Esther and David gets a bit complicated and the tension between is obvious to everyone but them.

If you haven't read the first book yet I highly recommend listening to it first. This book is fine on its own but you'd be missing a good piece of the story. I loved book one and book two is great as well.

A friend asked if this is something she could listen to with her son. Absolutely! No sex and no swearing. Instead of swearing, they use words like salt or rust. This series is great for all ages!

Another great performance by Ray Greenley. He does an excellent job keeping each of the characters sounding different, including a few accents.

Great series so far and I'm looking forward to book 3! I did hear the narrator mention at the end of book two that there was a prequel to listen to called Burnt Sea. I don't see it on Audible yet but I definitely want to find it!
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- Todd (Toad) Vogel

Salt! This was a fun book.

The first book in this series felt really different to me. It basically told the story of a ship that was surviving by drifting from place to place trying to trade. They met up with another group of ships and things went south as I expected they would. The second book, Seaswept had a ton of action in it and picked up right where the first book left off. The story is so engrossing I kept thinking that it had been hundreds of years since the volcanic eruption that changed the world forever.

Esther is back and better than ever. She's just as confused as she was in the first book -- maybe even more. But attempts to save the day on numerous fronts. Seaswept introduces some new characters and new ships into the mix too, which added to my enjoyment.

The story flowed extremely well and there didn't feel like there was a piece missing. Most if not all of my questions were answered. And, like any good story, a few more came up towards the end. I mentioned that I felt like it'd been more than 100 years since the eruption and I honestly kept thinking that. I think part of it is because they don't use all the curse words. Instead, they are substituted by words like "salt" and "rust", which, to be honest, added a ton of charm to this book without making it too gritty.

Sure, some of the romantic scenes were a little childish and seemed a little far fetched, but the main character is supposed to be in her early 20s (and I'd assume a tragedy like the volcano eruptions and growing up on a ship, knowing nothing different could stunt your love-life a little). I think that Rivet wrote this book with a lot of ages in mind and kept it safe enough to be approached by almost anyone, so I didn't let that bother me.

Ray Greenley narrated Seaswept and absolutely crushes it. He allowed the already fast-paced story to flow so smoothly that I almost forgot that I was reading. More than a few times I sat in my car in the parking lot waiting for a scene to finish or a chapter to end.

Overall, if you enjoyed the first book in the Seabound Chronicles, then Seaswept is definitely for you. If you enjoyed the movie Waterworld (I really did) and unique and different post-apocalyptic stories -- this series should be a nice change of pace.

I'm really curious to find out as much about Esther's backstory (Rivet teases the prequel) as much as what is going to happen next.

I was given a free copy of this book which has not affected my review in any way.

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- Brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2016
  • Publisher: Jordan Rivet