Title: HARRISON SQUARED
Author: Daryl Gregory
Pub. Date: March 24, 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
From award winning author Daryl Gregory comes a thrilling and colorful Lovecraftian adventure of a teenage boy searching for his mother, and the macabre creatures he encounters.
Harrison Harrison—H2 to his mom—is a lonely teenager who’s been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. 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 strange things go on by night, monsters lurk under the waves, and creepy teachers run the local high school.
On Harrison’s first day at school, his mother, a marine biologist, disappears at sea. Harrison must attempt to solve the mystery of her accident, which puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knifewielding killer, and the Deep Ones, fish-human hybrids that live in the bay. It will take all his resources—and an unusual host of allies—to defeat the danger and find his mother.
Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His most recent work is the novel is Afterparty (Tor, April 2014) and the novella We Are All Completely Fine (Tachyon, August 2014). His first novel, Pandemonium, won the Crawford Award and was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. His other novels include the Philip K. Dick award finalist The Devil’s Alphabet and Raising Stony Mayhall, which was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal.
Many of his short stories are collected in Unpossible and Other Stories, which was named one of the best books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. His comics work includes the Planet of the Apes series, and Dracula: The Company of Monsters series (co-written with Kurt Busiek). He lives in State College, PA, where he writes programming code in the morning, prose in the afternoons, and comics at night.
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"What I remember are tentacles. Tentacles and teeth.
I know that those memories aren't real. I was only three when my father died, too young to understand what was happening. So later I filled in the gaps with snippets from monster movies and nature documentaries, with half-forgotten visits to dim aquariums, with illustrations from my mother's grad-school textbooks."
Harrison Squared revolves around a young boy whose name is Harrison Harrison....his mom nicknamed him Harrison Squared.
"It's not too late, H2." That was her nickname for me: Harrison Harrison=Harrison Squared=H2. It was the kind of humor that scientists found hilarious."
Harrison has lived with his Mom since he was 3. His family went on a boat ride on the ocean when he was three and their boat cap-sized and (from Harrison's memory) their boat was also attacked by a huge sea monster who caused Harrison to lose his leg and killed his father.
Years later Harrison's Mom accepts a job in the small town of Dunnsmouth, Massachusetts. His Mom is a marine biologist and is searching for a colossal squid that is said to have been seen off the coast of this small town. Harrison is forced to attend the local school because he is only sixteen and has to be enrolled in school.
After they arrive in Dunnsmouth, Harrison immediately feels like something is off. The whole town is creepy, the townspeople act like they are hiding something, the school that Harrison has to attend is dark and gloomy and the teachers act like they could care less about teaching the students. All of the students that Harrison meets are extremely strange...except for a few that Harrison meets and actually befriends. Lydia is a young girl who is a fellow classmate and Lub is a half-human-half-fish boy....Yep I said Half-Fish...and this is where the story gets weird......
"Oh but she didn't understand: I was already changed. I knew things I didn't know before. I'd met a boy with GILLS. There were monsters out on the water, and on the land."
Harrison's mother disappears while out looking for the colossal squid and Harrison is determined to find her and figure out what is really going on in this strange town. Nothing is as it seems in the small town of Dunnsmouth........
From sea monsters to classes held in a cave....to friends who are half-fish....Harrison Squared is the perfect mix of fantasy and mystery and is perfect for fans of young adult books that enjoy adventure, suspense, and non-stop action.
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