The second book in Steve Alten’s Meg series, The Trench, is good fun, but it is not what I expected it to be. The prehistoric Great White Shark, the Megalodon, is an antagonist in this book, but it is not the antagonist like it was in the first book. Did that take away from my enjoyment of it? The jury is still out on that one. I’ll explain more below.
I was excited to read this book after finishing the first one, as it kind of set me off on a Meg kick. I did watch The Meg, by the way. It was just okay. I loved the shark, and it had some creepy moments, but I don’t think the producers, director, and actor got Jonas right, and that was a big deal to me. I just didn’t care about him; it didn’t matter to me whether he lived or died, and I wasn’t rooting for him like I have been in the books. This story needs a hero the audience cares about. The books have one. This book has two.