After a mysterious virus makes its way into the United States, the government demands that states seal themselves off from one another and do their best to protect their surviving residents. When the state of Florida is bordered off from the surrounding states, Taylen Fincher, a seventeen-year-old girl with a yearning for her former life finds herself wondering how much of what they've been told is true.
When Troum took control of the state, he told the residents that the other states had fallen to the virus and that he wouldn't allow the same thing to happen to them. But Taylen doesn't believe it. She insists that there is still life outside of the state, and she is going to do whatever it takes to prove it... but her actions will cost her more than she ever expected.
Troum kidnaps Taylen's sister, Penelope, in hopes of coaxing her into behaving - into being a submissive resident, much like the others. But Taylen isn't one to give in that easily.
Eager to rescue her sister, Taylen will set out on an adventure that'll force her to open her heart to the unexpected and to uncover secrets that will change everything.
SUBMERGED is the first book in a Young Adult Dystopian duology.
About the Author
Nicole Sobon is the author of The Emile Reed Chronicles (Young Adult Science Fiction), the Outbreak duology (Young Adult Dystopian), and various other stories.
Her novel, Program 13, was quoted on an episode of Criminal Minds (season 8, episode 13, "Magnum Opus"). She is currently working on Deprogrammed, the second book in the Emile Reed Chronicles, which is set for a late May/early June release. She will also be releasing Collide, a New Adult contemporary romance, in July 2013.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was given a ARC Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Everything you are about the read is my full and honest opinion of the book. OMG! What an AMAZING Book! Truly BLOW ME AWAY and Sucked me in from the first page to the last~! It left me wanting more, SO MUCH MORE~! First I have to compliment the wonderful Author Nicole Sobon for this amazing world she created with "Submerged"! She has such a WONDERFUL way with bringing a story alive! She set this book an fire~! This book was very original and very well-rounded! There was plenty of action, plotting, fighting, emotion, friendship and a start of a wonderful romance. She pretty much put all that on paper and blow the story alive! I LOVED IT!! She deserves a lot of praising for this book!:D Well I must admit going into this story I was a little confused. I really didn't know what to except. I knew the story was about a virus making it's way through the United States. But I wasn't really sure if the virus turned these people into zombies or if they just died or if they got extremely sick or what happened to them. Well, what I found here was something I was totally not expecting. The author has brought something so original and fresh to books. Their was so many surprises, twist and turn, ups and downs in this book it had me on the edge of my seat longing for more! I can't give that part of the story away but trust me it's really going to be amazing! Well the United States has fallen to a vicious virus. They have closed off all the States from each other in order to contain the virus from state to state. Their isn't much of anything left. In the State of Florida their are some healthy survivors that survived the virus that swept across the United States. But their was nothing but chaos amonst the people. No order, no rules, nothing! So one man steps up and claims the power and order of that State. He changes everything and brings hope back into the Flordia. People look up to him and worship the ground he walks on. He claims that nothing is left to the United States, and that they were the only lucky state to survive the outbreak. He Say everything that he is doing is to help rebuild their state and bring back order to their world. But one Seventeen year old girl named Taylen thinks he's lying! She thinks something's not right with what he's says. She questions his authority and rebels against what rules he's put in place. But Taylen just wants everything to go back the way it was before Troum sectored off the state and divided her community. She is just a normal teen chasing her youth. She wants to be left alone and do the things that she wants. She isn't trying to bring Troum down or change the world. That is until her little sister is kidnapped by Troum's guards. Then Taylen is forced to see what this man is really like and that her suspicions might be true all along! So this book is definitely a one of a kind. It is so worth checking out. It has an amazing plot, characters, and a world of mystery and discovery about how the United States changed almost over night and how one girl fought to bring freedom back to her people. I gave this book a 5/5 rating BUT definitely think the rating is worth a lot more! Nicole you have done an AMAZING job with this book and I can't wait for the second book in the series! You created a gem with this one! :)
3.5 Stars 'Submerged' is a intriguing and thrilling young adult dystopian novel that follows main character Taylen Fincher as she runs for her life and attempts to survive in the new regime that was one Florida. Under the guise of an impending flood, Florida was sectioned off from the rest of the world and put under the government authority of a man named Troum, who claims he has the welfare of the people in mind. Taylen thinks he's after much more than that and she also hates the way that everyone's freedom was stolen. After things in her life go from bad to incredibly terrible - with her younger sister taken away, a Kill Order placed on her, and Troum and his guards searching for her - Taylen must go on the run in order to survive and if she has any hope of bringing back her sister and stopping Troum. This was an exciting and captivating YA dystopian that had an interesting plot. I loved learning about the history behind the world that Taylen lives in, along with all the aspects that her world includes now. The story wasn't completely original, but the author refreshed the idea with lots of action, adventure, some twists and even romance. It blends several genres and will definitely appeal to fans of various types of fiction. The characters were pretty well done, although not completely unique either. Taylen has a strong will and a fierce spirit, along with a snarky mouth, snotty attitude, and deep loyalty to those she cares for. She stands up for what she believes in and won't back down, even when faced with terrible outcomes. I liked her as a main character and easily identified with her early on in the story. The writing was also well done, although parts of the story didn't flow as well as it could have and bits of the dialogue felt forced. Otherwise, the narrative was fast paced and kept me turning pages quickly to see what would happen next. Overall, this was a great dystopian adventure and fans of the genre should definitely give it a read. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Submerged by Nicole Sobon Book One of the Outbreak series Publication Date: February 14, 2013 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC sent from the author Summary (from Goodreads): After a mysterious virus makes its way into the United States, the government demands that states seal themselves off from one another and do their best to protect their surviving residents. When the state of Florida is bordered off from the surrounding states, Taylen Fincher, a seventeen-year-old girl with a yearning for her former life finds herself wondering how much of what they've been told is true. When Troum took control of the state, he told the residents that the other states had fallen to the virus and that he wouldn't allow the same thing to happen to them. But Taylen doesn't believe it. She insists that there is still life outside of the state, and she is going to do whatever it takes to prove it… but her actions will cost her more than she ever expected. Troum kidnaps Taylen’s sister, Penelope, in hopes of coaxing her into behaving – into being a submissive resident, much like the others. But Taylen isn't one to give in that easily. Eager to rescue her sister, Taylen will set out on an adventure that’ll force her to open her heart to the unexpected and to uncover secrets that will change everything. What I Liked: I originally read this book back in December 2012. I worked with the author and shared my thoughts on the book. I am going to be honest: I had a lot more criticisms than praises. But I must say, after reading this book again, I believe that Ms. Sobon definitely took some of my suggestions and turned this book into a great read! Taylen Fincher is a likable heroine, as is Glate Whelmon and the rest of the characters of this book. I like how deep the characterization went for most of the characters, primary or secondary. The world-building for this book was good! I definitely got dystopian feel, from the very first chapter. This book was filled with action and emotion, and the ending was a happy one. I enjoyed this book (for the most part), while I was reading it. I will definitely be reading the second book! What I Did Not Like: I still had a lot of problems with this book, despite the improvements I did see. The grammar, and more specifically, the punctuation, needs a lot of work. While I was re-reading this one, my fingers were itching to grab a pen and just circle the places where commas were need, where they were misplaced, and so on. Of course, I couldn't do that, because I was reading the book on my Kindle. I find Taylen very hypocritical at times. She tells others, like Clove and Penelope and Glate, that everything will be okay. Ugh. I hate when people say that. How do you know if things are going to be okay? ESPECIALLY when Taylen is constantly telling herself that there is no hope. Don't be a hypocrite, Taylen! The scene in the forest, where Glate and Taylen and a few others square off - it wasn't particular believable, in my opinion. That few people couldn't kill or injure that many without obtaining injuries themselves. And the fact that Taylen has any skills at combat. She tells herself she can't fight anyone, but then we find her throwing knives and hurting people. Not really believable. This is a general thing, but I'm a little confused as to how Troum knows of Taylen. specifically. Florida is HUGE. And I don't know how large the place where Taylen lived is supposed to span, but whether it's a city or the whole state, how does Troum know of Taylen and her "misdoings"? Why does breaching the guard and visiting the beach immediately brand her as a rebel and a "fighter"? How does that make her brave, the "spark", the "one" to start it all? On that line of thought, who cares about Penelope? Why does the government care about one child? How will capturing one child bring down the "rebel", Taylen? Oh, of course, Taylen will behave if her sister is taken away. THAT makes sense. On that thought, let me just say that Penelope? Taylen's sister? Acts like a child. I know I just called her one in the last paragraph, but I mean, she's ten. Not four. She acts like a four-year-old, and readers aren't given any indication that she has flawed mental capacities. She's so naive, but it's not cute or endearing. At ten, she should DEFINITELY be more mature than that. I expect my three-year-old cousin to act like how Penelope acts. Not a ten-year-old. The romance was definitely lacking, in my opinion. We have Taylen and Glate established, but I really don't understand Lex's role in Taylen's love life. I know he is supposed to be a leg to the love triangle, but clearly he is no competitor to Glate. But I didn't really like Taylen and Glate together, so... yeah. There are a lot of other things, but I think you get my point. Would I Recommend It: Eh. Sort of? I would give Ms. Sobon's books a chance, especially her series including Program 13, but this book is not her best. Skip it if you don't like dystopias. Maybe skip it even if you do like dystopias. Try Ms. Sobon's others books! Rating: 3 stars. This book definitely had a ton of improvement from the time I read it in December, but I am still shaky on the book as a whole. I will be reading the second book!
Couldn't put it down can not wait for the next in series. Would love a bit more description of characters appearances but thoroughly enjoyed this book. Happy I discovered this auther.