- Pub. Date: July 2011
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Format: Hardcover , 304pp
- Sales Rank: 1,009,642
- Age Range: Young Adult
SynopsisFourteen-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 a 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 possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which 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.
Throughout this book I had mixed feelings on where it was headed and what I thought of it.
In the end I found the story to be a combination of many different feelings from sympathetic, heartbreaking,irritating and just plane pissed me off at points. I guess I expected more from Luce and the other girls than I found at points in the story but after all they are only human...Kinda!
That being said I enjoyed this book. The idea that such tragedy can turn young girls into mermaids is interesting. I look forward to seeing where Sara takes these girls and their story's.
I recommend this book with 3.5 stars