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Fractured Tide

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  421 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Lost meets Stranger Things in this eerie, immersive YA thriller, thrusting seventeen-year-old Sia into a reality where the waters in front of her and the jungle behind her are as dangerous as the survivors alongside her.

Sia practically grew up in the water scuba diving, and wreck dives are run of the mill. Take the tourists out. Explore the reef. Uncover the secrets l
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Blink
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh my God! A claustrophobic island theme with lots of mysteries! Do you hear the alarm bells?
Something coming like Lost’s ominous intro, Cast Away and Gilligan’s Island’s suspicious, intriguing plot! And of course Island of Doctor Moreau kind of science fiction elements are ready to be served! Didn’t I still sale this pitch to you? I’m already sold because this is a great, exciting, exhilarating page turner and I had great time with this action packed, unique installment!

This is another promis
Claude's Bookzone
Well that was super weird!

I persevered with this book because I was fascinated to see where it was heading not because I was enjoying it. There were some incredibly chilling moments in the book where the hairs on my arms were standing up, but they were few and far apart. It was a weird mash up of genres that I don't think actually worked. I also think there needed to be a stronger conclusion in which more of my questions were answered. Not for me.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Fractured Tide, a young adult/science fiction book, was a solid 4.5 stars.
The book centers around main character Sia, a teenage girl that helps her mother take tourists out for scuba dive tours to help make ends meet. After a disastrous dive tour-Sia finds herself washed up on a deserted island along with a few survivors and though alive, things are about to get much worse. After being on the island for a short time, the group begins to realize that this is no ordinary island.
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May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Tasia loves the ocean. When other teenagers were starting high school, she was taken out of public school to help with the family's charter business, diving almost 20 times a week since she was 14. After mechanical failure leaves their boats stranded out on the ocean, the group is attacked by a terrifying sea creature, and Sia finds herself shipwrecked on a strange island. There is no food, no fresh water, and seemingly no way for rescue to reach the island.

I actually didn't realize thi
Booktastically Amazing
I...I just don't know.

I am not okay
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Fractured Tide is a frightening and quick-paced mystery/survival story, and I kind of love those. So suffice it to say, this one quite worked for me. There are a few things that didn't as much, but as a whole this was a win! Let us divide it into the yays versus nays!


• Very full of action and adventure. We start out on a diving trip, which is quite routine for Sia and her family
Yogaa Lakshmi
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
The Fractured Tide is creepy, action-packed, and thrilling. I definitely do not recommend people to read this book now, during this pandemic, because the story scared the hell out of me as the story was all about surviving and hunger due to scarcity of food.

Tasia is a 17-something homeschooled girl, helping her mom run her family business (diving charter) as her dad goes behind the bars. After an unfortunate dive to a WWII wreck which results in the death of a fellow diver, weird events begin t
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Super addicting and fast survival/time warp/sea monster story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is what great YA books are made of.

The delivery is different; a series of letters Sia writes to her father in prison why she is stranded on an island in the middle of who-knows-where. The writing is strong and original. There is some diversity with Ben, and Sia is part Greek (I think? I hope I remembered that right, it was a downloaded book and I already returned it). Barely a romance
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fractured: Split, broken, unable to exist.

This word sums this book up in a heartbeat. When you sit down with this book you’ll find yourself quickly immersed in an enthralling story of survival where everything is fractured. Sia’s family is fractured after her father is shipped off to prison. Her childhood is fractured after she’s needed to leave high school and work on the family’s dive charter. Her boat is fractured after a sea monster destroys it and nearly everyone aboard. Then, once she arri
The book started out strong but it sort of just fizzled out halfway through. Near the end of it, I just didn't care anymore. I went in wanting some creepiness and horror and I was just so disappointed when it didn't deliver. If they had skipped the romance (I know it's YA, but really?) and reduced the plot convenience by 50%, I would have probably liked it more.

Don't go in with a lot of expectations and you'll probably love it. But, personally for me? It was just okay.
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wish I had read Fractured Tide back in the summer time! There are so many elements that I dig in this book, and the diving, the shipwreck, the sea monster... it all screams summer reading for me. It's the perfect book for spending time down at the beach. Unfortunately, 2020 did not include much beach time for me so I squeezed Fractured Tide in here at the end of the year.

Fractured Tide has been compared to LOST a lot, and it's an accurate comparison. It definitely has LOST vibes, and it also r
John Bartell
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on an arc of Fractured Tide, a YA horror debut by Leslie Lutz.

Wow. Just spectacular. The strength of this novel is not only in how well it's written, or the fantastic story that unfolds, but also in that it's presented as a journal to from the main character, Sia, to her father, who's doing hard time in the county jail. Sia's words to her father are strong, blunt, and heartfelt, which makes the reader identify with her almost immediately. And when things go
Dayle (the literary llama)
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I finished FRACTURED TIDE yesterday and damn that was a fun read.

If you like beachy/ocean survivalist thrillers, dramas, mysteries, with that slight touch of horror or sci-fi to them, then run don’t walk to this new YA Adventure.

I’m a summer child. I love all things sun, sand, and water, so it’s no surprise that I love films like Jaws, Into the Blue, The Beach, Point Break... and then throw in Deep Blue Sea, The Meg, and LOST for some more oceanic adventure. Basically, I was a prime audience for
Sarah Blan
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t wait to read this upcoming novel, Fractured Tide, set to be released on May 5. I was "thrilled" to receive an advanced copy and dive right in! Thriller isn’t the genre I’m generally drawn to, but this one might inspire me to read more YA thrillers. “Lost meets Stranger Things” hits the nail on the head for this one - a deserted island and top secret government experiments gone wrong. Fractured Tide is a Harper Collins “Blink” book, which means it’s clean young adult fiction. One of t ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Shipwrecks, sea monsters, and an engaging bunch of characters come together in this fantastic YA debut, full of thrills and plenty of mystery.

Hi Dad,

I’m going to write you until this pencil wears out. Until all of me wears out. I’m not sure what’s real and what’s not anymore, but these words, they f

Nerd Girl Vixen
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I have to take a moment before I start my review to say what a great cover this book has! It is very eye catching.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I both liked and disliked it for various reasons. The beginning seemed to start out good. I wanted to know more. I could feel the suspense building and I was rapidly turning pages to find out what was going to happen next. Once they hit that island, it all seemed to kind of fall apart for me. The characters were good in their own way. My favorit
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a sucker for a good sea monster tale, and Fractured Tide did not disappoint. It pulled me in like an undertow and didn’t let go. Written in first person, the story is told by a young woman named Sia through a series of letters to her father who is in prison, a poignant, intriguing and psychologically edgy backdrop that beautifully develops her character and the surrounding events.

Raised scuba diving, Sia works for her family’s charter business exploring shipwrecks. When a routine expedition
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This book started off STRONG for me and unfortunately in the middle lost its grip on me! However, I still really enjoyed these characters and the focus on family as well as survival. Sia was an incredibly strong protagonist and I really enjoyed reading in her perspective.

I just feel like there were sooooo many things not answered that I was really hoping to know more about! I had so many questions and felt myself getting impatient to know the answers.... only to still have absolutely no idea wha
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
This was another ill-advised pandemic read, because for some reason I keep choosing books about people having trouble finding food and struggling to stay alive. Despite the fact that it constantly ignited my food scarcity stress, Lutz's debut novel is a thrilling tale of personal and familial survival. Told through a series of diary entries written for the protagonist's incarcerated father, Fractured Tide has everything you could want in a novel, from a sea monster, to a strange island that is n ...more
Aryn O'Connor
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sia, 17, works with her mother on a charter boat as a diving instructor and guide on deep dives, exploring abandoned shipwrecks with rich amateurs who pay good money to explore the mysterious vessels. However, when a dive goes wrong and a customer dies on her watch, Sia and her mom, who put an under-aged diver in charge of customers, could be in very big trouble. Sia tells her mom that she thinks something else was down there, something that glowed and seemed to be watching them, but her mom dis ...more
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I'll be honest, I'm not 100% exactly what actually happened in this book. For me I took it as a new take on the mysterious island trope where the barriers between time and reality are all kinds of F'd up. This turned out to be such a fun and exciting book for me. I really did not know what to expect and this was a lot more in so many ways. The book is full of a creepy luminescent sea monster (perhaps a mix between a octopus, squid and kraken lol), being marooned on an island, deep sea d
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Blink for providing me with a copy of Fractured Tide, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

Sia has been helping her mother run dives for holiday makers since her father went to jail, but when one goes horribly wrong, Sia finds herself washed up on a strange island, and hunted by a terrible sea monster.  As thoughts of rescue turn to desperate plans for survival, the small group of survivors start to suspect something is not quite right with the island. While plagu
Anna {Follow me for reviews! (✿◡‿◡)}
This was great. Really great. It was so intriguing with the whole diving part (stuff I know nothing about) as well as the shipwreck and sudden strange happenings occurring everywhere. Why did Marshall die? What is that thing living down in the water? Will they survive and get home or will people die on the island?

Things I liked:
1. The SEA MONSTER!! It was so creepy, and when it attacked the boat I was just like..hfhghfhgsh!! It felt original, and a new concept, while at the same time being creep
Jenny Martin
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a twisty, turny, terrifying debut. My heart was pounding in spots, and I could almost feel Sia's panic during the scariest of the undersea dives. And I did not see that ending coming! A terrific page turner with a poignant arc. ...more
Mónica BQ
This story isn't anything like what I usually pick. Horror science fiction is not to up to my usual taste.
But the cover is stunning. And the blurb won me over. Because the ocean is my kryptonite.

There is nothing in this world like the sensation you feel when submerged in translucent blue, with sound completely muffled and your body suspended in water. I've traveled a lot. I've seen so much of the wonders this world has to offer. But there's very few things I've seen that are as marvelous as what
Mena Marco
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book reminded me again and again on how scary the ocean is and only 5% of it have been explored and charted so my fear of the ocean has been further concreted.

Fractured Tide to me had an ominous start, was dull in the middle but the story picked up its pace near the end and I thought the author would take a predictable route but she didn't so I'm glad my prediction was debunked. This book has diving jargons that I was obviously unfamiliar since I'm no diver, but I like that I didn't find it
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, mystery
What a strange little book.

“Fractured Tide” follows Sia as she writes diary like entires for her father to read in prison that details her dive on her mother’s charter that leaves her on a mysterious island with a few castaways as they struggle to survive only to learnt why there is more more to fear than just the creature lurking in the sea.

This book definitely does a good job with building up the tension as we get little glimpses ahead and with the isolated environment of a shipwreck dive it
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This was my first book by author Leslie Lutz but it won't be my last. This one was a little slow at times and left the reader with questions. I had a hard time getting into this one, but about half way through it did pick up speed. The author needed to use less fluff to get it moving faster.

The characters were not really relatable to the reader and the reader does have to go back and re-read a few parts of the book to figure out what has been happening. The plot was original, the idea behind it
David Elzinga
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall, I think this book exceeded my expectations. I had planned for this book to be a quick read between other books that I was more interested in, but this book proved to be a unique and challenging read.

Nearly the entirety of this book is written from the perspective of a letter from a daughter to her father, as she experiences life on a stranded island. While the action/thriller part of this book is readily apparent after the first few chapters, the dive through the complex family dynamic
Kelly Braun
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
This book started off so good and just fell apart right before my eyes. I was not a fan of the structuring, the “chapters” being notebook entry’s of Sia writing to her father in jail. It just did not connect for me and would have been a much better book without it and an entirely different structure. I found myself not caring whatsoever about her dad. The book would have been better with a brief mention if him at the beginning and settle it there. I didn’t find the time machine plot plausible no ...more
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FRACTURED TIDE, which will be out on May 5, 2020, with Harper Collins/Blink Young Adult, is my debut novel. My short fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals, Orca Literary Journal, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Typishly, The Lyric, and Raintown Review. I won the 2018 Frisco First Chapter Contest for FRACTURED TIDE, which gave me enough confidence to pitch the novel to Amy Bishop ...more

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