I was impressed with this debut novel in terms of its imagination and pacing. Gayle Ann Williams has put together an interesting story where our heroine, Tsunami Blue,
possesses some kind of mystical communication with the sea and can tell when giant waves are coming. And there have been a lot of them that have wiped out a large proportion of the population--including Blue’s family. She’s living on her own with her, dog Max, trying to broadcast on the radio when she knows that further waves are coming so that people are warned, and trying to keep away from the ‘Runners’--violent pirates in whose wake follow destruction, rape and death.
When a man washes up on the beach and Max finds him, Blue decides to see if she can rescue him. She brings him back from near death
by hypothermia only to discover that he is a Runner (he has the characteristic tattoos). But Gabriel Black is unlike any other Runner she knows of; he seems to be trying to keep her safe.
The two of them are plunged into the middle of a power struggle between Runners, with Blue as the prize.
Tsunami Blue is an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world--and a damp one at that. As mentioned before, there
is plenty of action and plot movement, lots of knife-fights and gore and death, some romance and more. I didn’t feel that I ever really got to know the characters that well, and I was never
certain whether Blue’s interventions were actually the right course of action or not. Still, I enjoyed reading this story, and it bodes well for future books from this author.