by Melvin Burgess


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London is in ruins, a once highly advanced city now a gated wasteland. Within its walls, a bloody war rages between two clans. Hope is sparse, but the people believe the gods have risen from the dead.

Odin himself has come to play a part in the lives of two twins, a brother and sister from the Volson clan. Siggy and Signy must come to grips with their destiny as London's future teeters on the edge of a knife....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416936152
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 05/22/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 809,876
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melvin Burgess has produced a body of work that is both
challenging and thrilling, including the seminal teen drug and love
novels Smack and Doing It. His books have been adapted
for film, stage, and television.

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Bloodtide 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The city of London is slowly crumbling, with two prominent sides tearing the city apart. There are the half-men who are too grotesque, too unworthy of living the normal life they once had, all because of the way they were transformed against their will. Then there are the humans, the ones who would rather dominate the world around them than save the city from total chaos.

Among these humans are two clans, the Conors and the Volsons. Both have the thirst for power and both are willing to do anything to take over London, then England, and then all of Europe. The leaders are agreeing to combine both clans, with a marriage between Signy, the daughter from the Volson clan, and King Conor.

A betrayal from the Conor clan leads to Signy, who was inspired to do anything for power by her father, the leader of the Volson clan, and Siggy, her twin brother who was skeptical of the entire idea to begin with, on a crazed road to vengeance.

It is up to Signy and Siggy to recapture what was once theirs and hopefully restore London back to what it used to be, and what it used to stand for.

BLOODTIDE takes readers on a futuristic journey that they will never forget. With its raw material and controversial plot, the story is a page-turner that will leave everyone on the edge of their seat. Melvin Burgess continues the story of restoring a city that is completely damaged in the second novel, BLOODSONG.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't what I normally read--usually it's non-fiction. But this really caught my attention. This isn't a book about war, although a war is going on in the background. The characters are all SO well developed! That was probably my favorite thing about the book--it was like the characters were real. I liked how some of the chapters were written in the first person by one of the characters. It is obvious that this is a re-imagining of the Icelandic saga called the Volsunga Saga, not Greek mythology as someone said. This book is NOT porn!Burgess doesn't go into detail about the sex, although he does tell about what leads up to the sex (the foreplay, I guess). Yes, it is teens (or, more precisely, A teen, not several) having sex. Signy is 14. Her brother has sex later, but that is several years later. (The book takes place over, I think, 13 years). It wasn't as violent as I expected, either. The scenes of death aren't grotesque or sensational. It wasn't in bad taste, but the ending shocked me! I'll have to get the second one, Bloodsong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I've read in a long time. It has adventure, romance, excitement, mystery, everything a book needs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be absolutely fantastic. It was well paced, fast moving, and very to the point. It was fairly abrasive at times, but ultimately it was a definite read. I would encourage any reader of fiction to give this novel a complete run. This is the first book I've read by M. Burgess, but it has shoved me forward into reading more of his work, due to sheer talented writing. Bravo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like Melvin Burgess and his books, I usually read them in Polish, but I believe translation is accurate. This book is very interesting, and I like the unique ideas! It does have a lot to do with teenage sex, but I guess i can deal with that. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay teh book had few problams i mean it's on the verge of being a porn book but tehn it gets good in teh middle and then yo uhave blood war fighting and oooo teh girl goes crazy in teh book and ultimate revenge!!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
By the beginnings of the twenty-third century London is in ruins with warlord like gangs ruling over segments of the city. A wall similar to that built during the Roman period is constructed around the decimated metropolis more for keeping the riffraff inside and isolating the genetically engineered vermin known as halfmen out of the city. This leaves many decent folks trapped in a dangerous environs.

The Volsons and the Conors, two of the strongest gangs, agree to merge through the marriage of their children. However, the groom betrays his future in-laws during the ceremony killing all but two, the bride and her brother. The Halfmen feast on the bodies of the Volsons. Signy, the fourteen-year-old bride, thirsts for vengeance, but has few avenues if any to succeed as she now struggles to survive. However, Odin followed by Loki and his daughter appear. Are they the real Ancient Greek Gods or a hoax and if genuine will they aid Signy in her quest?

Based on the first part of the classic Icelandic Volsunga Saga, BLOODTIDE is an exciting futuristic epic tale that will thrill adult and young readers alike. The plot is loaded with action and turns believers of readers that the ¿history¿ and the ¿current events¿ occurred. However, the tale belongs to the key cast members who rotate first person narration enabling the audience to understand their motives. Though tagged a children¿s novel, fans of all ages of epic fantasy will fully enjoy Melvin Burgess¿ powerful story of a horrific future that makes the world feel as if it has gone full circle.

Harriet Klausner