Harrison squared

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Harrison squared (2015, Titan Books)

271 pages

English language

Published Sept. 6, 2015 by Titan Books.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

Harrison is a lonely teenager, terrified of the ocean since a childhood sailing accident took his father - and his right leg. One of the "sensitives" who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison and his mother have just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him: Dunnsmouth, a Lovecraftian town perched on rocks above the Atlantic, where monsters lurk under the waves, and creepy teachers run the local school. When Harrison's mother, a marine biologist, disappears at sea, his attempts to find her puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knife-wielding killer, and the Deep Ones...It will take all his resources - and an unusual host of allies - to defeat the danger and find his mother.

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3 stars

This review originally appeared at Full of Words. Full disclosure: Although I did receive a free review copy of this book from Net Galley, I listened to the audiobook on Audible.

Daryl Gregory’s Harrison Squared is a much sillier book than its cover implies. The sinister Lovecraftian overtones suggested by the tentacles looming behind the protagonist are present, but the book’s overall tone is actually pretty goofy even though it’s about a kid trying to find his missing, possibly kidnapped mother.

Most of the goofiness comes from the random literary jokes and pop culture references that Gregory includes throughout, but it doesn’t help that Harrison Squared feels pitched at a younger audience than I was expecting. Instead of a Tor SF&F novel with a teenaged main character, it reads more like a young adult novel in adult packaging.

Of course, I read plenty of YA, so I don’t necessarily …

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