What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help?
Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid.
A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. The mermaids are beautiful, free, and ageless, and Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: they feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks.
Luce’s own talent at singing captures the attention of the tribe’s queen, the fierce and elegant Catarina, and Luce soon finds herself pressured to join in committing mass murder. Luce’s struggle to retain her inner humanity puts her at odds with her friends; even worse, Catarina seems to regard Luce as a potential rival. But the appearance of a devious new mermaid brings a real threat to Catarina’s leadership and endangers the very existence of the tribe. Can Luce find the courage to challenge the newcomer, even at the risk of becoming rejected and alone once again?
Lost Voices is a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to forgive.
I haven’t read many mermaid novels, but after finishing the Lies Beneath series by Anne Greenwood Brown, I really wanted to read more! I really enjoyed that series! Unfortunately, this book wasn’t as enjoyable as I’d hoped. I haven’t decided if I’ll continue with the series or not. I think that this is the author’s debut book, so maybe the rest will get better. For a first book, I think it’s a good start, but it just wasn’t for me.
This book is beautifully written and filled with lots of mermaid imagery. Lots of beautiful descriptions! However, there were times in the story where I got bored and/or confused. It didn’t keep my interest and was almost a DNF (which is rare for me – I always try to finish my books!).
The mermaids felt compelled to sing out, and their singing would lure humans to them. Then the humans would either drown or if they saw or heard the mermaids up close, then the mermaids would have to kill them. Apparently, because humans are bad. Humans did horrible things to the mermaids back when they were all humans. They didn’t need anything from humans nor did they get anything from humans (blood, power, strength, etc.). They just killed them just because. I’m not used to that, I’m used to characters having certain reasons for doing what they do. Does that make sense?
“I think at first I wanted to kill all of them. Everyone. Because if there were no people left alive, then I’d never have to love one of them again.”
There were several other things that I either just didn’t get or just didn’t like, but I’ll just list a few. I thought the mermaids themselves were annoying – it’s a bunch of teenage girls, so there’s LOTS of jealous issues. I kept thinking that the main character Luce would be better off on her own. However, even Luce would get on my nerves because she was very wishy-washy about her mentor, the queen of the mermaids. Also, I didn’t like the way the mermaids treating the infant/toddler mermaids (or “larvae” in the book).
So, the book really had potential and it’s full of beautiful imagery. However, the plot and the story itself just wasn’t for me. By the end of the book, I wasn’t sure what to feel other than relief that I finished it. Still not sure if I’ll read the rest of the series, but I hope they’re better and more interesting!
What about you, have you read any good mermaid books lately?