Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rising Tide (Sirens, #1)” as Want to Read:
Rising Tide (Sirens, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Rising Tide

(Sirens #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  56 reviews
***Lost World (SIRENS #2) will be released December 8th, 2015!***

Forget whatever you think you know. History has been rewritten.

In a future world where rising ocean levels swallow coastal cities and people scramble for resources on an overpopulated earth, the survival of the human race depends on biogenetic research to develop aquatic capabilities. The year is 2098, and it
Kindle Edition
Published August 4th 2015 by Kindle Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Rising Tide, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Rising Tide

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.84  · 
Rating details
 ·  234 ratings  ·  56 reviews

Sort order
Montzalee Wittmann
Rising Tide (Sirens #1) by T.L. Zalecki is a different kind of dystopian novel. A bit of science fiction, mystery, government control, little fantasy, and a pretty fair read. I hate cliff hangers so this was a let down but other than that not a bad read ;)
The Behrg
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a few things all truly great Science Fiction novels have in common:

-- First, they have a unique world populated with remarkable characters. It must be different from our own but with enough parallels that you could imagine us eventually getting there.
-- Second, they have an intriguing storyline, something that grabs you and quickly carries you through the story.
-- Third, and this is the toughest one to do well, they leave a commentary on the state of our world without necessarily dr
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print
This was a fun and believable novel that also was absolutely out of this world. Zalecki easily brings this dystopian world to life in a big way. I loved the way that everything blended together in a larger than life manner that still allowed me to picture each and every aspect of it. The futuristic aspects really came to life in this exciting manner that really allowed me to picture the entire story. Her descriptions blended with the enticing plot in a manner that was fantastic. I loved the mix ...more
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I am sad to be giving such a low rating to this book because I felt it had great potential. As always, the opinion below reflects solely my own personal reading experience.

Rising Tide had a great premise; unfortunately, it didn’t meet my expectations. I still think the concepts and ideas were interesting, and it’s such a shame that I haven’t enjoyed this book as much as I thought I would.

The main issues for me would be:

I. Lack of clear direction;

II. Timeline and type of narrative.

And I will expl
Katherine Coble
No good deed goes unpunished. My punishment for pledging to read 35%+ of my books this year from my TBR folder was this.
This book... It's just not good. The characters are unrealistic and cartoonish. And that's just the HUMAN characters. The rebel merman with the laughable name ("Mello Seaward"--all I can think is "C Word") is actually the most relatable of all the characters. But I can't have sympathy for him, seeing as he left a human woman pregnant with his child and returned to his Magic Al
Hannah L (Reviewer)
Oct 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-scifi
Boring. That is how I would describe this novel. In a world where water levels have drastically risen and algae have killed off most of the marine animals habitats, humans survive and hiding from humans, sirens. With evil corporations controlling the world, nobody is truly safe.
The cover and synopsis looked super cool and interesting. I was ready to be blown away with action, danger and mysteries. That is not at all what I received in Rising Tides. There was way to much unnecessary backstory a
Sofia The Great
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, mermaids
4 Platypires for Rising Tide by T.L. Zalecki

This is a great book for any science loving reader. The whole time I was reading this book I kept thinking it was so smart and well researched.
As someone who loves learning about evolution of mankind, I thought Rising Tide was so refreshing to read. Personally, I've been pretty vocal in my fantasies that maybe some humanoid species might still exist and they are still among us. Oh, T.L Zalecki were you in my mind. lol . Just Kidding.
I really liked
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Sirens in exchange for an honest review.
I totally became absorbed in the concept of this story. The futuristic aspects of Sirens were produced in a believable and manner with a lovely depth to the book. I wanted Mello and Lorel to succeed in their quests and I wanted everything to work out for them.
However, because of all the information you get thrown at you in the story you don't really get the time to develop a bond with the characters.I did get completely enthralled in
Ann Omasta
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even though we are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, the awesome picture on this one caught my attention as soon as I saw it on the Kindle Scout website. And guess what?...It's just as great on the inside as the cover implies. I'm not generally drawn to futuristic titles, but the idea of a secret sirens society pulled me right in. This book has just enough scientific language to keep it believable, but doesn't get bogged down in jargon. Fair warning –– the cliffhanger ending will leave ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a new mom who has been missing her book club, craving an escape from breastfeeding and diapers. Sirens: Rising Tide totally hit the spot! I loved escaping into the future that T.L. Zalecki imagines in her book. As an environmental scientist, I can say the effects of climate change that help shape the setting and the story are chillingly realistic. And, I can't believe this is her first novel! I know there's a 2nd book on the way, but I hope she develops this into a full series. I want more!
Sharah McConville
'Rising Tide' is a futuristic novel set in 2098. The story contains a wonderful blend of fantasy, science and...Mermaids! I really enjoyed book #1 in the Sirens series. Thank you to Tanya Zalecki for my copy. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction and Dystopian fans who like a getaway from those common genre themes
Recently, being restless has made for less reading than I'd like. Being picky in what I like to read might also be a factor. When browsing the website I discovered this in the science fiction genre of select Kindle books on a holiday sale. The cover caught my eye. The summary talking about a futuristic dystopia and alluding to mermaids (a childhood favorite)... I couldn't say no, and I'm glad I didn't, because what a refreshing, different, and new idea Sirens: Rising Tide is.

Popular d
Vincent Annunziato
“Rising Tide,” the Sirens series by TL Zalecki is a fast-paced, action packed book that will bring you back to a genre that has taken a back seat to a spate of fantastic creatures in the horror and fantasy novels depicted today. This is not a book of faerie tells, but of a potentially real feeling story of a future yet to come. The book opens with a mystery body found on the beachhead of a futuristic world that has given up on religion in favor of consumerism and technology. One company Pan Divi ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mostly believable, but the ending didn't work for me.

This dystopian saga set in Earth’s 2098 centers on the struggle for existence in a world gone wrong. With sea level continuing to rise and people concentrated on smaller and smaller bits of earth, humanity’s future is in doubt.

The main players are as follows: a global megacorp CEO who is hunting an aquatic species; a male from a distant island who plays fast and loose with the rules of his homeland; a marine biologist who lands a cushy top sec
R.E. Carr
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like happy, sappy romances about poor lost mermaids singing songs and rescuing sailors… might I recommend Disney’s The Little Mermaid. If you want a taut, science-heavy, historical mystery with a kickass female lead and the hottest Special Forces marine biology nerd in history, then take a dive into Sirens. T.L. Zalecki dares to assume her readers are smart enough to keep up with her time-bending delight of a seat tale, spinning the reader into a frenzy of delight and confusion as fervid ...more
Joood Hooligan
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it

I nominated this on Kindle Scout, so I was given a copy of this when it published.

There was much of the book I liked, like how it showed a negatively affect of religion and monopolies having too much power. There's also totally mermaids in this book.

My biggest issue was that it was all over the place with the character switching and flashbacks, so it was a bit hard for me to keep up with at times. There's also a couple instances of incorrect usage of a wor
Kari (BookandCoffeeLover)
I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

The premise to this book sounded wonderful, but there were too many problems I couldn't ignore. There were far too many time jumps and clumsy flashbacks that just didn't work for me. An inordinate amount of world building eventually became tedious and dry. The characters themselves were interesting but I was unable to become invested in any of them. Rising Tide had a rather predictable (cliffhanger) ending, b
Amanda Jane
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a gem of a fictional novel. It's the perfect read for a range of age groups that will keep you turning the pages (or pressing your "next" arrow on your kindle). The characters are relatable as well as surprisingly multifaceted. The author engages you every page of the way, drawing you in with artistic flair for each of the story elements. Blending the past, present and future, T.L. Zalecki will have you loving, hating and rooting for each of her characters all while introducing you to fanta ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dude, this book was boring, I have been reading it for a long period of time and I still did not finish it. I just could not get into it. Too futuristic for me, the characters are boring, each chapter in a different POV which I usually do not mind at all, but with this book it bothered me a lot. I had to stop reading it because I was going to force myself to try to finish it but I new I was not going to finish it.

E-book provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange of a fair review.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written, fantastic descriptions. I love the flashbacks in this book and experienced every emotion along with the characters. How Zalecki managed to think of this amazing detailed backstory and culture for this book is amazing. I will be on the look out for the second instalment to this story.
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love sci-fi and fantasy books, but so often they go too "geeky" for me. I found Sirens to be a perfect blend of fantasy, science, and a great story. I loved it! Would love to see them make a movie out of this one!
Emily Wilson
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
T. L. Zalecki transports readers to a world that is both lifelike and imaginative through wonderfully descriptive writing. As each notable character narrates, readers are engulfed in a story that stimulates the senses and reflects the future.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from Kindle Scout!

The snapshot that I read was promising, but the story was just, okay. There was so much detail when it came to the beliefs of the people and their blindness to reality. Another reviewer called the writing polemic... While I read, "propaganda" was the word that came to mind, several times. I felt like the book was a campaign for evolution, anti-religion, and anti-mega-corps. I did get tired of reading the parts that seemed to drone about this.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-scout
This was a different type of futuristic novel. It's not really dystopian, as people are not struggling to survive, but the world has changed with the rising of the ocean levels after the polar caps melted. At times, it felt a little pushy about evolution, but that plays in with the story, so it made sense to do so. One would think that by doing so, the author would bash religion as well. And, although the current world religion (which is more political and a corporate entity) is depicted negativ ...more
Anna Szabó
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rising Tide by T.L. Zalecki is a fun read. It’s part science fiction part fantasy. The fantasy part in quite obvious from the title. Sirens. Actual sirens. There aren’t enough books about sirens. I really loved the way they are discribed in this book. They are more like humans than not.
The story is set in the future, in 2098. The oceanic levels are rapidly rising and most of the land is under water. The fact that this is something that could happen for real just makes this all the more realistic
Leslie Rawls
Dystopian novel with hope in the sea

I thought I was done with dystopian novels. This one too closely tracks the way we currently disrespect and abuse the planet --- to its inevitable result. But there's hope in the sea, even as it seems devoid of life from overfishing and pollution. Sirens, not mermaids. A snack food reading book, but fun.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I eventually enjoyed this book...but it felt like it took me forever to get through. I don't think I really got into it till The last quarter of The book...I kept reading because I really enjoyed The main heroin. The dystopian setting is so very earily plausible. I will continue the series.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Book!

I’ve always loved stories about Sirens and the sea and this one is wonderful! It’s a real page turner and I was hooked on every word. I can’t wait to continue the series!
Robert Ullrich
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Intriguing story

Only the beginning and one that has me looking forward to the next installment of the series. I find the legends of the sirens fascinating and this book has enough to make me hope they are really out there.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abolutely loved it. Well written, easy to read, perfect holiday read
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Bargain Basement: Rising Tide is a Kindle Daily Deal! 2 8 Nov 08, 2015 11:53PM  
  • Silence: Little Mermaid Retold (Romance a Medieval Fairytale, #5)
  • The Trouble with Time (Time Rats, #1)
  • My Best Friend Is As Sharp As a Pencil: And Other Funny Classroom Portraits
  • Eve (Eternal Daughter #1)
  • Ant Farm (Seamus McCree #1)
  • Tangle of Fates
  • Mother of Chaos (Princess Dracula #3)
  • The Night Walk Men (The Night Walk Men, #1)
  • Grimbold's Other World
  • Imagine (Fuzed Trilogy #2)
  • Above (Broken Skies: Book #2)
  • Zenn Scarlett (Zenn Scarlett, #1)
  • First Sun
  • Chiaroscuro: The Mouse and the Candle
  • The Lost Tribe
  • Constantine (Siren #2)
  • The Island (The Island, #1)
  • Monsters in Our Wake
T.L. spent several years in the corporate world working with global “megacorps” before moving on to her most important job, raising her two children. During naptime, she created a world to escape to in SIRENS. She enjoys using science to create fantastical fiction, packing sophisticated, sometimes controversial, themes into stories of adventure, and twisting ordinary legends. Book 1 Rising Tide wi ...more

Other books in the series

Sirens (2 books)
  • Lost World (Sirens, #2)
“It was an origin story pedaled to the world, but unlike the various creation stories of the old religions, there was no rich culture, no moral code, no beauty.” 0 likes
“Lorelei Lyn Phoenix,” 0 likes
More quotes…