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Sidney Son
Through the Abyss
Sidney Son, author
Investigate, mitigate, and eliminate any abnormalities that threaten the planet. Former elite soldier, Jonathan Hawthorn has his work cut out for him. In a world where few people believe in the possibility of life existing outside of Earth, his job is to protect humanity—at all costs. Oceanographer, Ariella Marconi is suddenly thrust into the perilous deep when two large crystalline structures were detected on opposite ends of the ocean. Together, Ariella and Jonathan delve into the depths, investigating these objects as well as coming to a terrifying conclusion: the planet is in danger of destruction. With the ability to split the Earth in half, Ariella and Jonathan must join forces with unlikely candidates, both terrestrial and other-worldly, to understand what’s within the crystals, save the planet, and uncover their true fate. But is someone—or something—manipulating time and space to keep them from linking their destinies once and for all?
Asher Syed - Reader's Favorite

Through the Abyss by Sidney Son is a science fiction novel centered around two protagonists in an apocalyptic aversion plot. Ariella is the best of the best when it comes to biological research that occurs thousands of meters below the ocean's surface, and Jonathan is a field-grade military officer tasked with keeping peace at anything beyond 81,000 meters above the earth's surface. Their paths cross when something is discovered in the depths of the ocean, which is Ariella's domain, that the military believes could be extra-terrestrial, which is Jonathan's area of expertise. Although Jonathan's sights are upward, his work is done deep conjunction with non-terrestrial Reptilians and Greys. Crystals with the potential to blow earth off the universe's map are the mission, but why they are there, who put them there, and what happens next depends on the actions and assistance of those they trust, and those they certainly cannot. The best thing about Through the Abyss is Sidney Son's ability to do some really good world-building, given that Ariella and Jonathan effectively operate in two completely different worlds even if they are on the same planet. Ariella is likable and a woman who has not been written to be anything but independent, at least personally. Jonathan is as macho as a reader would expect with a secretive backstory that is not given to Ariella, and he is definitely the more developed character of the two. That said, Ariella and Jonathan do not meet until a couple hundred and a half pages in. Son has a lot of details to convey during that time, some of it necessary but also quite a lot that isn't. However, Son's story has more facets than a polished quartz crystal and I think other science fiction readers will agree

L.S. Povovich

The first thing you may notice about this book is that the cover is reminiscent of Andy Weir's books. But I approve of covers that convey a book's comp titles.
The author provides a highly detailed style which coalesces into atmospheric descriptions without sacrificing a quick pace. There is a good balance of narration and dialogue, and about the average amount of exposition. Such a complex set up and execution requires a certain amount of explanation, and the reader is goaded on by an interplay of mystery and context. The mystery in question is thrilling at times, reminiscent of many other scenarios related to heroes saving the planet. It reminded me a lot of Mass Effect in terms of general tone and the texture of the story, which is a plus in my mind. The novel makes use of big cinematic set pieces and science fiction tropes employed for grandiose effect. If you like Rendezvous with Rama and similar spooky s-f explorations with high stakes, you should give this one a go.
The character interactions and backstories were often interesting, but not quite as entertaining as the implementation of speculative concepts, which took center stage in many chapters.
It’s long, with plenty of twists and turns along the way, requiring as much suspension of disbelief as your average blockbuster. Some eccentric dialogue and character reactions, but well-edited on the sentence level. Bizarre creatures and scene by scene dramatic tension, while the author intelligently incorporates many unique ideas into a familiar format offering an enjoyable adventure.

Rabia Tanveer - Reader's Favorite

Through the Abyss by Sidney Son is the first novel in the Supreme Creation series. Ariella Marconi, an oceanographer, was thrust into a mystery she never expected. When two very large crystalline structures were found in the depths of the ocean on opposite ends, Ariella was tasked to figure out what they were and why they were suddenly there. Jonathan Hawthorn was a former elite soldier tasked with protecting humanity at all costs. While most people didn't believe in extraterrestrial life, Hawthorn knew better. Ariella and Jonathan had to work together and figure out what those crystalline structures were. Together, the two figure out the Earth was in imminent danger. The planet could be split in half, and they needed help to stop it from happening. The issue was that they needed help from the brilliant minds of earth and the technology of the extraterrestrials. Would they be able to get that help in time? Or would something halt their progress until it was too late? The perfect example of a slow-burn, Through the Abyss by Sidney Son is the quintessential science fiction novel with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers satisfied. Sidney created a compelling take on a future where danger was real. I loved the world-building and enjoyed the character development. He allowed the plot to mature naturally, gave the characters plenty of page space to grow, and allowed readers fully immerse themselves in the story. The story does get explicit at times, but it all falls into the plot perfectly. The descriptions revealed a lot about the characters and the plot, the dialogues were essential for furthering the story, and the pace was just perfect for everything to make sense. Ariella and Jonathan's relationship was simple yet very important. I enjoyed their dynamic and loved how they worked together. It is a no-nonsense science fiction novel that keeps you entertained for hours. I would recommend this to seasoned science fiction readers because this is right up their alley.