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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  9 reviews
“We don’t know if anything we do is going to make a difference in the end. But the end isn’t the only thing that matters. What we do now, matters now.

Seventeen-year-old Curtis Knight is the son of a wealthy casino owner, unhappy with his luxurious but empty existence and desperate to find some purpose to his life. But after a chance meeting with Yulia Sokolova, the daught
Paperback, 407 pages
Published June 27th 2020 by Melting Tundra Publishing (first published June 26th 2020)
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David Millar
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA and Thriller readers
This is a good read and thought-provoking given the climate change background. I’m not sure if I would classify it as YA or Thriller, it works as both as the two main characters are teenagers. You might even argue it has an element of sci-fi given that the plot revolves about psychoactive sea-slugs which are able to communicate nightmare visions of environmental destruction to humans. The action is well-paced, engrossing and believable, a good page turner, set mostly in arctic Russia and the Ama ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
TW: pedophilia

I thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a digital ARC of this novel.

I don't know with what I should start my review, so let me just say: this is why I do not like to read book written by straight white men.
You know what, until like 75% of this I thought I was going to give it 2 stars, but then the author decided that a barely 16yo girl falling in love and kissing a middle aged dude was perfectly okay and I decided I had enough (even though showing a woman having to co
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Undercurrent is a beautifully sad novel that promotes the climate change crisis through the eyes of two young coming of age teenagers. The plot has heartbreak, deception and lessons of inner growth alongside the environment. Burnett uses the harsh reality of climate change and fills it with drama in order to keep your brain engaged through the love of two new characters he has bought to life. It is important to understand the nature of this book because he poses themes relevant to the news a ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm always delighted when a first novel makes the cut, and especially when the author is as promising as Michael Burnett. This is a fascinating hybrid: cli-fi, thriller, coming of age, picaresque, David vs. Goliath, and there's friendship and love interest as well. The book had me from its Prologue, when the two central characters are revealed to us on opposite sides of a table. I couldn't put it down, and that's rare for me. ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Utterly brilliant, captivating from start to finish with twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time, definitely a 'can't put you down' book!
A book that is based on an entirely real and terrifying future, it is a great incite into the world we live in today. This story has everything from love to humour, fear to greed. A great read for anyone, totally recommend!
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Read and reviewed after receiving an ARC via netgalley.

In these uncertain times alot of what had been our pressing concerns have been put to one side, but not for most people environmental concerns. We've seen alot of a media coverage about lowering of emissions in towns and cities and the cleaning up of the air, closure of fast food places reducing litter etc, so this book is surprisingly topical.

The teenage daughter of a wealthy Russian involved with the oil industry has become involved with a
J M McQueen
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA, Adults, Environmentalists
Recommended to J M McQueen by: NetGalley
The Undercurrent is a unique story. It is the story of two teenagers who happen to meet at a party. They are both from influential families. Yulia introduces Curtis to the Saccoglossans pyasinskii; a sea slug with the extraordinary ability to share memories. He has visions and nightmares of a dying ocean. Yulia invites him to join the radical eco-environmentalist group to prevent devastation in the arctic waters and that is when his whole world is turned upside down.

This book is an interesting r
Farhana Alam
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘The Undercurrent’ is a climate fiction novel set in the present day, rather than a dystopian future. This uniquely places it to achieve what other climate fiction rarely does: an immediate connection to the events that unfold. The story is told through the lives and decisions of two teenagers who find themselves in harm’s way, in remote parts of the world, during their mission to prevent an environmental catastrophe.

The book is intelligently written, with a style reminiscent of literary fiction
Tanjiba Prionty
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I requested this book in netgalley and receiving it I was really happy. It my first e-arc book and I'm really thankful to netgalley and Michael Burnett for giving me the opportunity to give me the e=arc of this book. I really appreciate it.

The Undercurrent is a beautifully sad novel that promotes the climate change crisis through the eyes of two young coming of age teenagers. The plot has heartbreak, deception and lessons of inner growth alongside the environment.

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