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From debut young adult novelist Jade Shyback comes the first in the Aqueous series. On the eve of Earth’s collapse, young Marisol Blaise is taken to live on an underwater mersation known as Aqueous with parents not her own. There, she must compete in the trials, grueling tests designed to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each trainee, hoping to be assigned to the all-male elite diving team known as the Cuviers. Desperate to prove to herself, the residents, and all of her parents, dead and alive, that she is worthy of  this prestigious placement, she works tirelessly to shatter misogynistic beliefs, only to discover that it was not only the men who constrained her. A much uglier untruth exists.


Aqueous is a coming-of-age story set against the harshly exotic backdrop of a life beneath the sea in an all-too-possible post-apocalyptic future. Marisol’s struggle for the right to grow into an intelligent, strong, independent woman plays out in a richly imagined underwater society filled with deeply human problems and devastating secrets—but it is not only her life that hangs in the balance, but all humanity. A fascinating debut and one that will make you think. “
Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Improbably Yours

A graphic of a young girl in a dress swimming upward away from the underwater merstation below her. Above her is the title: "Aqueous: a novel." On the bottom of the cover is the author: "Jade Shyback"

Jade Shyback ( Author Website )

Publication Date: May 2, 2023

Genre/Imprint: Fiction, Xeno Books

$14.95 Tradepaper

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ISBN: 9781939096098

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Authorlink recommends AQUEOUS by Jade Shyback

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