Short. Captivating. Dark.
In Flowers For the Sea we follow Iraxi, a pregnant woman on a boat that could only be described as damned. The boat is an ark of sorts with a dwindling population. world has been changed. Seas rose and with them came the things from the deep. were always there but now they’ve taken over.
Iraxi is also pregnant and hates it. She’s also hated for it.
Iraxi is angry and the descriptions of that anger, that generational rage, were powerful. I felt it. Every time it was described I could feel it. She hates being pregnant, calls the fetus inside her a parasite and hates the man she got pregnant with.
Her family was taken from her in a cruel manner that left her mentally and physically scarred. And her baby is not normal.
–Mild spoilers below–
I could only describe it as a god. As I read, I felt like I was reading a lovecraftian horror but without the history of racism and xenophobia. It was dark, it was claustrophobic and it was short. Somehow, Zine E. Rocklyn made a n ovella feel like a full novel with the slowness of some parts and the speed of others.
Iraxi does not have atypical character arc. Instead of overcoming her anger, she uses it fuel herself. To survive and become more. It was passed down from her grandmother and it keeps her alive. It drives her onward even when she says she wants to die.
In choosing her anger, and her baby which is no infant, she becomes more than human.
The mother of all. And I want more. 4 stars
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for access to this ARC