Mar 27, 2011

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
About Book :

Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside of her grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead 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. Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce's own remarkable singing talent makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen. However, her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?
The first book in a trilogy, 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.    

My Review:
This story is basically about how young girls who are abused, abandoned, and tragically hurt; turn into mermaids whose main goal is to lure unsuspecting boatloads of humans to their deaths.  They feel that this is justified due to the horrible things done to them at the hands of humans before they turned to mermaids.  The story leads the reader on an adventure through the life, turning and mermaid life of a young girl called Luce.  She experiences both tragic and amazing things as a mermaid, but discovers that though they change physically, they really don’t change much emotionally. Many of them remain bitter, testy and turn on each other at times.
Although the book started out both strange, and intriguing; I was not happy with the ending.  I thought it was a good read, very well written; but also left me a bit confused as I read through the story.  The ending sort of leaves the reader hanging in limbo, so I wonder if the next book will continue where this one left off?  I certainly hope so. 
If I had to rate this book on 1-5 scale - I'd probably give it a 3.5.  Well written and interesting, but you need to read more than just this book to really know what is going on with the story.

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