The Bookshelf

The Mountain in the Sea

Cover of The Mountain in the Sea.

Nayler really has two or three stories going here which are minimally intertwined. Unfortunately, this means he doesn’t fully flesh out any of them enough to make it a really great story. This book feels like it is in the vein of classic Michael Crichton novels - Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Congo… but Crichton never let the details of science get in the way of writing a rollicking story. I feel like Naylor makes the opposite choice, and so instead we get a story with fewer scientific gaps, but also something less fun than a Crichton novel.

I would’ve loved to read a story that only took the octopus story line and evolved it quite a bit further. Oh well.