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We Shall Sing a Song Into the Deep

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Remy is a Chorister, one of the chosen few rescued from the surface world and raised to sing the Hours in a choir of young boys. Remy lives with a devoted order of monks who control the Leviathan, an aging nuclear submarine that survives in the ocean’s depths. Their secret mission: to trigger the Second Coming when the time is right, ready to unleash its final, terrible we ...more
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by Tor.com Publishing
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Ernest
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
When a zealot chaplain stages a mutiny on a nuclear missile sub during the Cuban Missile Crisis, what's the worst that could happen? Pretty much what you expect. Now, a few decades later the Leviathan is still prowling the depths, raiding the occasional topsider, for supplies, fresh crew, and somebody to fix whatever kept the last missile in its silos from launching.

The mutineer Caplain is dying, the holy mission of launching the last nuclear weapon to signal the coming of Judgement Day undone,
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Heather L
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an original book, I really enjoyed reading this. The story unfolds through Remy, a Chorister, who has lived on an old nuclear submarine with one nuclear missile left. On board with Remy are a group of monks who take care of the submarine, they also fish for food, something that is quite dangerous. The monks gather at Vespers, Compline, Matins etc to sing, the monks are all men, Remy is a woman she has a beautiful voice. All the men have been castrated prior to puberty to retain their voices ...more
Dan
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
My thanks to NetGalley And Tor publishing for an advanced copy of this novel.

In We Shall Sing a Song Into the Deep by Andrew Kelly Stewart, a young Chorister with secrets by the name of Remy lives on a decaying submarine somewhere in the Pacific. Crewed by monks, some from the original crew of the Leviathan as they call the submarine, and some taken from raids on the surface world, where Remy is from. Upon the death of their Chaptain(sp) their new leader decides the time of Judgement is upon the
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Hélène Louise
I really liked the beginning of the story, with its strong atmosphere and original setting. While reading I felt more and more oppressed, which wasn't surprising for a dystopian "huit-clos" in a nuclear submarine. The story is interesting, and the development is quite good for the first part, as we learn more and more about Remy, the whole situation, the context.
Alas I found very difficult to finish this novella, even as short as it is. I felt the story dragging and a bit repetitive, even in ful
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Jillian
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly interesting and original story in the post-apocalyptic space. The prose definitely takes some time to get used to, I wouldn't say it's an easy read, particularly the beginning, but once it gets going it gets good. A powerful story about friendship, community, and questioning one's faith. The story covers a lot of ground as Remy struggles with some pretty major thems -- right and wrong, and truth and deception, deciding who to trust and who to help. And her ultimate decision to take a sta ...more
Sara
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A fresh take on a nuclear apocalypse that also manages to avoid the novella sin of not feeling like a complete story; I for one was perfectly satisfied with the somewhat open-ended final chapter. I found the prose to be incredibly evocative, especially concerning the sounds of the submarine and whales combined with the hymns Remy sang. It felt like I was there.

I do however have one incredibly petty criticism, namely that there were too many ellipsis in the dialogue! For some reason, once I notic
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Tony
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend to anyone interested in nautical fiction, space opera, dystopian fiction, or nuclear armageddon. A stowaway. A nuclear submarine. A forgotten, zealous cult of music plotting the end of days. What's not to love?

The author synthesizes many genres to create something truly original that's beautiful, intriguing and terrifying all at once. The crew of the Leviathan are vivid and memorable characters. The story itself has more than a few surprises up its sleeve. A thoroughly engagi
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Short but quite imaginative with the time used. Patriarchal doomsday cult (except (view spoiler)) in a submarine, plotting to use the world’s last nuke to bring about the end days.

More than a few surprises, and makes an impression. The premise is explored through Remy's unfolding awareness of the reality of the world but it's an abrupt journey from believer to rebel. I did think the open-ended nature of the last chapter lac
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Chris
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully haunting tale of a cult living entirely on a submarine, cut off from the world outside. It is a story full of tension, told with lyrical prose. Unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Definitely give this debut a read!
Kat  Hooper
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Will review at www.fantasyliterature.com. ...more
Rachael
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sort of A Canticle for Liebowitz meets Snowpiercer.
Miriam Meeks
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Suspenseful, reflective, and moving, Stewart's coming-of-age novel is jam packed with ideological doubts and hidden schemes.

Remy does not question her world until her only tether to it dies.
Is the world truly filled with poison? Or is it still inhabitable? Will peace come?
I had doubts just like she.

The action moved it along at a heart-racing beat. Remy's mission had me biting my nails the whole way through. The hope which exists in this story is fragile, but it remains.
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