Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings
Published: July 12th 2016
Twelve-year-old Merryn lives with her fisherman father in a little cottage by the sea. Each day, her father braves the tumultuous waves and returns home in time for dinner. One stormy evening, he doesn’t come back. Merryn has a vision that he’s been dragged underwater by a terrifying sea creature, and he needs her help. Determined to rescue him, Merryn builds a tiny submarine and embarks on a journey through the undersea worlds she’s only heard about in her father’s lullabies. As she faces the dangers and wonders of the world below the waves, she realizes that her father’s stories were all real.
Readers can also experience Merryn’s daring journey firsthand in the new Song of the Deep video game from acclaimed developer Insomniac Games.
What a fantastical journey this great little story is! After reading the synopsis and learning Hasting’s also wrote for the video game Ratchet and Clank, I knew I HAD to read this!
As discussed in the synopsis, the story follows Merryn a young girl who lives with her father who is fisherman. Merryn dreams to travel the seas, and suddenly her world of daydreaming comes to a halt–her father disappears.
Armed with her courage, she builds a small submarine to her size to go in search of her parent. Thus she will discover that the rhymes of her childhood were real and that there is a world much bigger underwater than she would have thought.
It was fascinating to follow the journey with Merryn, whether by design or by the text and it is true that we are curious to see what she will face to find her father. It’s a nice story in the depths of water that carries us and which we are eager to discover the purpose. Merryn has a lot of courage and determination and it is touching to see what she is willing to do to save the creatures she meets or even her father.
Brian Hastings has been creating video games with Insomniac Games for 21 years. He helped develop the stories and worlds for Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet and Clank, and now, Song of the Deep. As a child, Brian dreamed of being an author, and this is his first book. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. You can learn more about his work and Song of the Deep at insomniacgames.com and on Twitter @songofthedeep.