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Sebastien’s search for his father leads him to a ship harbouring a dangerous secret.

Sebastien has heard only stories about his father, a mysterious sailor who abandoned his pregnant mother thirty years ago. But when his mother dies after a lifetime of struggle, he becomes obsessed with finding an explanation — perhaps even revenge.

The father he’s never met is Kostas, the
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Paperback, 312 pages
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Dundurn Press
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Anna Luce
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2 ½ stars (rounded up to 3)

This is one of those rare cases where I genuinely feel bad for not liking a book. The more I read The Rebellious Tide, the less I liked it. Yet, I really tried to pretend otherwise. Having loved Eddy Boudel Tan's debut novel (it moved me to tears, something that does not happen often to grinches like moi) I had high expectations for his sophomore novel and I can't help but be disappointment by it. If you are thinking of reading
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Caleb
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq, net-galley
Within Boudel Tan's sophomore novel is quite the thrilling story. Unfortunately, the way said story is told (i.e., like a screenplay with most of the blocking already on the page) detracts from what could have been a much more compelling read. This novel falls victim to the sin of telling, not showing. Characters are said to be this or that, but neither this nor that will ever be examined with any depth. The reader is just expected to accept this as a truth. Action happens off camera and motivat ...more
Marieke du Pré
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After his stunning debut ‘After Elias’ Eddy Boudel Tan delivers another powerful novel covering themes like suppression, dominating (white) men, homophobia and being good or bad, black or white and all the grey in between. His writing reminds me sometimes of Fredrik Backman’s Beartown, so if you liked that one, you might like this one too.

Eddy Boudel Tan’s writing is rich and captivating once again; the descriptions, the characters, the surroundings, they are all so vibrant. This kind of writin
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Kirsten
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-stars, 2021, lgbt
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Novels and Nummies
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5

***Special thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review***

This book is about Sebastien as a tries to track down his father after he had left Sebastien and his mother (it had been over 30 years). Sebastien becomes obsessed with finding his father and is filled with strong emotions, especially after his mother dies, suffering from years of hardship. This dark novel follows Sebastien as he stalks his father in his own workplace and Sebastien
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Ashley
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
In Eddy Boudel Tan's sophomore novel, we follow Sebastien on a journey to find his father which soon explodes into a protest for workers rights and an investigation on what's really happening in room A66. This book has plenty of threads, revisiting Sebastien's past and present to tell the complete story. At about the 80% mark in the book, I worried that there were too man threads, and that a satisfying ending would be hard to pull off. Tan's writing was beautiful, and by the end of the book, eve ...more
Yuval
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is good. I'll start by saying that. I enjoyed the story, I think it has a great idea behind it, but the execution is sadly, imho, lacking.
I think the reason for that may be that the author is still a bit inexperienced. I feel like I really wanted to get into the story but it just wasn't there. It's like the person who wrote this wanted me to relate to these characters, see their depth and wanted to build them with character, but didn't make it. This book is telling you things instead
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Mackenzie Cool
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
*Thank you to Netgalley and Dundurn Press for the ARC in exchange for my honest review*

"The Rebellious Tide" is the story of a young man's journey to find the father who abandoned him and his mother before he was born that morphs into a mystery about the dark secrets hidden onboard a luxury liner. While the book has its moments, I didn't love it as I thought I would. The characters were one-dimensional and the dialogue seemed stilted at times, making it hard for the characters and their relation
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Kacie Faith
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
The first thing that sold me onThe Rebellious Tide (and remains my favorite part of the whole story) is the main character, Sebastien. From the git-go, Sebastien's character is conveyed with sharp passion and dynamism--he's kind and charming, but conceals a level of darkness and fury that gives his character both an irreplaceable complexity and a keen sense of humanity. As the book develops, the reader is drawn deeper and deeper into Sebastien's character--as if the very "rebellious tide" within ...more
Kim
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for my honest review.

'The Rebellious Tide' was a fun, entertaining read, but not one that will stick around in my memory for a long time.

The story starts well. We meet Sebastien as a guy struggling with who he is, what his place in society is, and what direction to take with his life. As the only son of a struggling single immigrant mother in a small town in Canada, he feels he was never really accepted there, and when his mother dies, he loses
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Liz
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: diverse-lit, lgbtq
The Rebellious Tide is an interesting book in that its premise is solid and characters are well-drawn, but something still feels to be missing. The book clips along at a surprisingly brisk pace considering its introspective subject matter, and by the time the mystery kicks in, I already found myself lost a bit amongst all the moving pieces.

Tan is good at giving us shorthand to understand the wide cast of characters that fill the world on board the Glacier, but the character I found myself wanti
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Emily Stensloff
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
what an absolute thrill ride! i was expecting more literary fiction, but i was pleasantly surprised by the mystery/thriller elements. simply put, i couldn't stop reading. while sebastien was an excellent main character, the supporting cast was also fantastic. fleshed out, exciting -- i loved every bit of it. i clutched my chest, i exclaimed, i gasped. the melodrama of it all... in the best possible way.

thanks to netgalley and dundurn press for an advanced copy.
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Rebecca Crunden
Jan 22, 2021 marked it as to-read
➵ thank you netgalley for the free arc in exchange for an honest review ♡
Arlan Alviz
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
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I received this ARC through NetGalley.
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Eddy Boudel Tan is the author of two novels, After Elias (2020) and The Rebellious Tide (2021). His work depicts a world much like our own—the heroes are flawed, truth is distorted, and there is as much hope as there is heartbreak. ​His stories can be found in Joyland, Yolk, Gertrude Press, and the G&LR. He lives with his husband in Vancouver. Follow Eddy on Twitter (@eddyautomatic) or online (edd ...more

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