The Light at the Bottom of the World – London Shah

The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: October 29th, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Action, Romance, Family


This is a really cool science fiction world. Leyla and every other human being live under water, the world having been engulfed by the sea a long time ago. Her futuristic world includes cars that work under water and lots of interesting gadgets that made me want to take an actual leap into the future. Not that I wish to one day live among sea creatures, but you know. It could be an experience.

Another cool fact is that Leyla is a racer who has the chance to compete in the biggest race there is. Her prize is one she will be able to choose herself and the one thing she really wants—and needs—is to release her father from prison. I loved how important family was to Leyla and a central theme in the story. I know what it’s like to be separated from your family for long periods of time, so I could understand how terribly Leyla missed her father. I was rooting for her the whole time.

Two things about Leyla that irked me quite a lot though were her immaturity and naivety. Yes she was a kickass pilot and a very courageous girl but she trusted blindly, behaved/talked like a twelve-year-old at times and jumped into dangerous situations recklessly. So is that really courage? Moreover, while I usually enjoy when animals are featured in a story, I found the puppy Jojo here to have no personality whatsoever. And yet she is one of the central characters and mentioned in almost every single page. It’s sad to say because I adore animals but I did not care one bit about Jojo.

Even if this wasn’t a complete winner, I’m still curious about the sequel because that cliff-hanger hit me hard. Ouch.


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