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Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first chapter. Check out the announcement post for more information.

Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings is a middle grade story of a young girl seeking to rescue her father after he doesn’t return home from a fishing trip. The thing that makes Song of the Deep stand out, however, is that it is the novelization of a video game by the same name where you experience Merryn’s adventure first hand!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Song of the Deep from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings {Just Hatched}

Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings
Published by Sterling on July 12th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, MG, Steampunk
Page Length: 176 pages
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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.

2 Stars

How is the writing style?

The writing is fairly straightforward and simplistic, as you’d expect for a middle grade story. It is first person present tense from Merryn’s perspective, so it matches the experience of playing a video game fairly closely. I would have preferred a slightly more interesting writing style with whimsy or humor, but this will be an easy book for young readers to read along with the game.

General tone of the beginning

The book opens with Merryn trying to convince her father to let her come along fishing with him and then having a dream of him being captured while out to sea by some sort of creature. There is just enough time spent around Merryn’s home to see that she is the typical lonely child who is close to her single parent and then it is off to adventuring.

Setting, genre, etc?

Fantasy middle grade, though with a steampunk flair. There is a clockwork seahorse and obviously from the cover you can see that Merryn has some sort of submersible contraption that she is traveling with.


  1. My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
  2. Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
  3. Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?

Song of the Deep is getting 2 stars from me since it isn’t what I’m in the mood to read currently, but I’m positive that young readers will enjoy it and it did make me kind of want to play the video game!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings

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