The Deep by Nick Cutter
From the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down.…old-school horror at its best”—comes this utterly terrifying novel where The Abyss meets The Shining.
A strange plague called the ‘Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys, then the not-so-small things, like how to drive or the letters of the alphabet. Their bodies forget how to function involuntarily. There is no cure.
But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Mariana Trench, a heretofore-unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia”—a universal healer, from initial reports—has been discovered. It may just be the key to eradicating the ‘Gets.
In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But when the station goes incommunicado, a brave few descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.
By OutlawPoet TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
If you decide to get this book based on the pretty cool idea of a plague that causes you to forget everything, even how to live, you might be disappointed. This isn’t a book about a Pandemic or any sort of apocalyptic situations.
As one of the characters says late in the book, it’s not about the ‘Gets.
Instead, this is derivative horror that reminded me most of four different movies: Sphere, The Abyss, Alien, and The Thing. If you mix them all together and add a lot of gruesomeness, you’ll get this book. The primary focus of the book is what happens in an undersea research station – and there are only four people and a dog in the station, so this isn’t an epic scenario at all.
Now, I read spatterpunk, but at times this got to be a little too much for me. The baby dream sequence (if you’ve read this, you know what I’m talking about) was just awful. I don’t mean awful in a gee that’s horrible way. I mean awful in an almost unreadable way. The key to effective spatter is to make it hard and fast. You can be graphic, but it’s punch after punch after punch.
The gore in this book lingers far too long. And because of that, it loses its punch and becomes tedious. Instead of getting shocked by it, the readers gets bored and wants to move along to some action.
In addition, the book is filled (and I mean filled!) with dream sequences, flashbacks, and journal entries. You spend more time away from the action than in it.
There’s an old saying in the writing industry – Kill your Darlings! You need to be willing to pare things down and add some punch. Cutter needs to Kill his Darlings just a little bit. It gets a bit repetitive.
The book is highly atmospheric and largely enjoyable, but I have to confess that I wanted to take away large chunks of the middle of the book. Once you get over that hump, it’s a race to a very satisfying finish.