Apparently, mermaids are the new vampires/zombies/werewolves. Who knew? There are a whole slew of mermaid stories coming out this fall (and some that already have come out) and the first I've read is Lost Voices.
Lost Voices is the story of Luce, a lonely girl living in an Alaskan sea village. The night she gets assaulted near the cliffs is the last night of her life, at least as a person. Luce falls into the sea and soon learns that she's become a mermaid. She's very quickly saved by one of the mermaids and Luce becomes part of the group.
These mermaids are NOT like Ariel. They're like a biker gang compared to the mermaids Ariel hung out with. They are feisty and angry, and all of them have been wronged in their human past. Luce and the reader learn the mermaid's mythology together and it gives the feeling like you're really "in it" with Luce.
If you're looking for something new and different Lost Voices might be just the thing. And if you're interested in more mermaid stories, check out Forgive My Fins and The Mermaid's Mirror. I'm not quite sold on the trend yet myself, but I think it's mostly because I have trouble envisioning how the next mermaid story will be different from this one. But then I remember that every dystopian novel I've read takes on a different feeling, vibe and world. That alone is enough to make me pick up another mermaid tale.
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