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Beneath the Rising

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  41 reviews
A coming-of-age story about two kids in the middle of a war of eldritch horrors from outside spacetime

Nick Prasad and Joanna Johnny Chambers have been friends since childhood. Shes rich, white, and a genius; hes poor, brown, and secretly in love with her.

But when Johnny invents a clean reactor that could eliminate fossil fuels and change the world, she awakens the primal,
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Solaris
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Charlie Anders
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this delightful novel about a teenager named Nicky Prasad, and his supergenius best friend, Joanna "Johnny" Chambers. Johnny has invented tons of technologies and scientific breakthroughs that have transformed the world for the better, in this alternate version of the early 2000s --- but when Johnny invents a perfectly clean reactor the size of a shoe box, which can provide nearly limitless power, she accidentally summons some ancient elder gods who ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
3.5 Stars
This was an incredibly unique speculative fiction novel that blended together elements of horror, science fiction and fantasy.

At its core, this is the story of a deep relationship between two lifelong friends. This was easily the best aspect of the novel. I loved reading about the friendship between Johnny & Nicky, which felt very authentic.

Another fantastic element of the story was the focus on wealth and race. This story explored the discrepancy of status and privilege of the
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Premee Mohameds globe-trotting sci-fantasy cosmic horror alt-history adventure debut doesnt exactly shatter genre conventions as much as pants them and run away giggling. The novel has a kind of nervous energy that is both puckish and disarming, like a court jester whose council the king values.
Beneath the Rising begins in Alberta, Canada, not long after the September 11, 2001 hijackers failed to bring down the World Trade Center in New York. Many of the world's biggest problems have already
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
DNF @ 34%

Okay i'm sorry i lost interest in this book and it was taking me way too long to finish even with the promising start and premise.

And the fact that it said Morocco is in the middle east took me out of the story sooo fast and was the last thing i needed to convince me to put the book down.

It was really intriguing at first and there are so many good concepts put in it and things i've never seen explored before which might have kept me reading but it all requires huge amounts of research
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher.

It was fun to read Premee Mohamed in a text vastly different from what I associate with her fiction, and she finds a confident voice in a fast-paced, high-stakes adventure as well. Her debut novel draws heavily from tropes - from the supergenius Johnny (and what a good deconstruction of that trope it is!), through many-tentacled cosmic horror and direct references to Lovecraft, to secret libraries and archaeological wonders hidden under the
Matthew Brown
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly fast paced and an incredibly unique voice.
S. Barker
Well, that was really interesting. Who would've thought you can write a book about cosmic horror with tons of humor in it!

I loved the beginning of the book, so powerful with the image of little Nick waking up after a tragedy to see Johnny (a girl named...) for the first time.

It was a really breathtaking read, no time to stop as we follow the two main characters in a race against time that felt very Indiana-Jones-esque. Fast paced, with brief instances of horror and a lot of fighting, I think it
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Spy Kids, but older and better. The power dynamic between Nicky and Johnny pulled me along through this quest-adventure. Their banter and complicated relationship provided humor and tension that the overall plot lacked for me, and I took great satisfaction when Nicky learned the truth. I was furious for him. This book will make for excellent discussions and book club arguments. I could see the framing of who had what choices, the meaning of consent, who suffers when bad things happen, and ...more
Sara Norja
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher. I wish I could talk about spoilery things, but I'll leave this review spoiler-free since the book isn't out yet.

Beneath the Rising is an intriguing debut novel focusing closely on two characters: Nicky Prasad, the first-person narrator, and his prodigy/genius best friend, Joanna 'Johnny' Chambers. Johnny is a scientist and inventor with a penchant for improving the world. Nicky has always lived in her shadow, and struggles with his feelings of
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I was really conflicted about this review, as I feel like I need to process this book more.

The book was definitely exciting, and it kept me engaged. As for the characters, however, I found them really difficult to connect with, especially Johnny. Their relationship was oddly co-dependent, and Im not totally sure how that furthered the story.

As I was getting closer to the end, I thought I understood where the book was going; it started to feel very topical, in that it seemed like a commentary on
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosmic-horror
Thank you NetGalley and Rebellion for this ARC! The review is available here in the video for as well

Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed
Cosmic horror is hard because you cant be overly explicit about it. Otherwise, it loses its luster. Furthermore, as soon as someone says the word Lovecraftian, suddenly the work is pigeonholed into a niche it might not belong to or want to be in. Today, Id like to talk about a cosmic horror story, thats more than a sum
While I DNFed this one, I think it was more a case of, Beneath the Rising isn't a good fit for me personally, rather than it being a bad book. I've seen it pitched as All the Birds in the Sky meets Lovecraft, and it's pretty apt; the story is about what happens when the creation of a clean-, infinite-energy generator draws the attention of eldritch creatures beyond our reality, who decide they want the generator for themselves. Mohamed made the interesting decision to tell the story via the ...more
Alexander Tas
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I have always been enticed by cosmic horror and other Lovecraft adjacent stories, but I never really dove into the genre. Its always lurking in the background, taunting me with its perceptions of madness. Luckily for me, Premee Mohameds Beneath The Rising is a Lovecraftian story filled to the brim with horror, adventure, a dash of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced adventure. Beneath the Rising follows two teenagers on the cusp
Harrison Schweiloch
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beneath The Rising
by Premee Mohamed

After reading this book, I will definitely pick up the next book by Premee Mohamed. This author has a great deal of potential and I look forward to seeing what else she writes.

I wanted to start out with that because I didnt want anyone to think that I was being too negative about this novel, because there were a number of things I didnt like. To be honest, there were times when it felt like a slog and I was tempted to not finish it. But one thing kept coming
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed
Cosmic horror is hard because you cant be overly explicit with it. Otherwise it loses its luster. Furthermore, as soon as someone says the word Lovecraftian, suddenly the work is pigeonholed into a niche it might not belong to or want to be in. Today, Id like to talk about a cosmic horror story, thats more than a sum of its parts.
Nick Prasad and Joanna "Johnny" Chambers are best friends since childhood. Joanna Johnny Chamber is smart, from an affluent white
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Aaah!! So much to say and words have to go in order!! I was strongly anticipating this one because I love Mohamed's authorial voice and eldritch monsters. (You can tell it's a Premee novel because of the beetles.) The two main characters felt like beloved halves of a whole and a sorely-needed argument about opposing viewpoints at the same time. I was riveted to know what happened at the end, even while suspecting it could only go one way; seeds had been planted, and Red Herrings, too. The ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great genre crossing story with an alternative 2001; a world with great scientific achievements but now ancient monsters awaken and two friends must save the world and possibly their friendship

Full Review - HOPE HAS A PRICE

Nick Prasad has always enjoyed a quiet life in the shadow of his best friend, child prodigy and technological genius Joanna Johnny Chambers. But all that is about to end.

When Johnny invents a clean reactor that could eliminate fossil fuels and change the world, she awakens
Mar 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Barely readable

This is easily the worst dialogue in a book that I managed to wade my way through. Puerile and smarmy. Excessive verbiage throughout. The premise is ridiculous, even for a work of weird fiction. Poorly researched. I'm hard pressed to think of a single nice thing to say about this book. I suppose the infodump on the gods of Babylon was mildly interesting, but it's not new information to me. I truly hated this book.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
It started OK, but it was increasingly predictable and a bit of a struggle to finish.

Poorly veiled resentment towards a lot of things made it hard to relate to. As did all the weird name-dropping and obsessions with odd things like lipgloss and blonde hair, and disdain for education and success.

And when the heck did Northern Africa become a part of the Middle East?
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun modern Lovecraftian story. It doesn't engage with the genre the way Winter Tide did, but it's a fun romp with cosmic monstrosities.

I love Mohamed's sense of humour and her pop culture references. I also enjoyed how steep the person stakes felt. When Nick and Johnny are exhausted, I FELT that exhaustion.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I finished this yesterday and the characters are still with me; their unique voices are both endearing and frustrating, like real people can be. Premee Mohamed really nailed the ending, which was fair, even though bittersweet, to both Nick and Johnny.
Rachel Mans McKenny
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! Like Stranger Things meets archeological road trip, featuring two friends (one exceptional girl genius and one totally normal dude).
Heather Rollins
A very good book

... And I'm not sure yet how i feel about it, how much i liked it. I need to reflect.
Lizz Donnelly
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am always torn between the "I need to read Lovecraft" and the "but do I, really?" camps. I still haven't so I feel like I'd have gotten more of the references if I had, but for Beneath The Rising, I didn't feel like I needed to. It was still a delightful, fast paced, super tense sometimes, and very fun book. I loved Nicky as a character and a narrator and I just want to squeeze him and feed him something that won't upset his stomach (also, I relate.)
Nicole Luiken
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cool premise: two very different friends (one ordinary, poor, brown boy, one a prodigy, rich, white girl) set off on a journey to save the world from an eldritch horror. The pacing was good with lots of chases and fights. The narrator begins to come into his own around the middle of the novel.

Quibble: I wish I hadn't read the epilogue as it changed the flavor of the ending.
Sidney Maris Hargrave
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Listen this is just going to be emotional blathering so look. LOOK. I don't normally enjoy eldritch stories, I am Picky, but I pre-ordered this because Premee is an amazing writer and it. Did not. Disappoint.

I love the characters, the worldbuilding, the banter! Literally a perfect book in my eyes. I couldn't put it down and honestly nothing is stopping me from picking it up for a second read.

Do yourself a favor and get this book.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one huge chunk and the rest in stolen moments because I just had to know what was going to happen. I was afraid the science parts would be too much but it wasn't. No confusing techno-babble that is essential to enjoying the book. I want to say that Nick and Johnny are my favorite people right now but I have some seriously conflicted feelings about them both now that I've finished the book. I.. still think that I adore them, despite all that happened.

Anyway, this book was
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Not my usual sort of read so I'm possibly not doing it justice. I really liked the characters and their relationship but the actual action was a bit too relentlessly frantic for me....
Damien Kelly
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At the tipping point between horror and adventure, Beneath the Rising ultimately falls on the side of adventure, and if thats a major consideration for choosing your fiction, its best you know in advance. The style here is overtly Lovecraftian, but there isnt the weird or the hopelessness to match those emblematic horrors. There is darkness, certainly, and immense, cosmic threat waiting to engulf us all, but if youve ever hidden behind the sofa at an episode of Doctor Who, thatll tell you the ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story. Still thinking about it a day later. I think I will give it a month and re-read it!
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