Title -The Mers
Author - Ami Blackwelder
Genre - Young Adult, Dystopian
Date published - October 31st 2011
Publisher - eloquent enraptures publishing
Format - Paperback
Pages - 256
Author's website - http://amiblackwelder.blogspot.com/
Rating - 4 out of 5
"One hundred years ago, humans began to reap what they had sewn. The Earth fought back with vengeance. Water saturated the planet in what had been dubbed the Great Deluge. Much of the land on Earth vanished underneath the seas. Many humans died, but those who survived became divided."
Mira always knew she was different. Being raised by Mers while not actually looking like a mermaid seem to always make her wonder who she is. Until the age of seventeen she is just aware of the fact she is not like anyone else surrounding her on Liberty Shore. Though she is forbidden to wonder beyond the border of her homeland she is haunted by the desire to seek for her real family and find out about the reasons why they've abandoned her.
"Who is she? She hardly knows. A human? A Mer? An Aristo? Something else? Something more?
Oh my...this was truly an interesting read for me. It's my first mermaid dystopian and I really enjoyed every single page of this book. I always found mermaids very fascinating, especially because of their captivating beauty and enchanting singing. I even remember been read a lot of mermaid stories when I was young, and I always envied these beautiful creatures for their freedom to govern the seas.
So, besides being a great fantasy and young adult read, this book reminded me of the good old childhood days and I thank Ami for this.
The story is centered around Mira and her journey to self-discovery. While trying to find "her kind" she is about to reveal the truths hidden deep in her heart. It was really very easy to like her, the author developed it's character so well, you could almost see this young cherry-red haired girl wondering through new lands, curiously discovering new worlds.
I restrain myself from giving away more from the plot, because I really don't want to spoil your enjoyment while reading this book. But I will just say, I loved the message behind it - watch for it.
Finally, I would like to thank the author for generously giving me a copy of this lovely book. Thank you Ami, I really enjoyed it.