Author: Sarah Porter
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, July 2011
Series: Book 1, Lost Voices
First Line: "'Lucette? Did you even hear the question?'"
Summary: 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? (Taken from Goodreads)
Review: I think that mermaids are really interesting creatures and it’s quite rare to find a book about them. When I came across Lost Voices I was really eager to start reading it. I have to say that I thought that Lost Voices was an average read.
The whole premise sounded really awesome and I was really curious about how the author would execute the whole thing. While Sarah Porter had really great descriptive writing and a great story line I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.
There were some really interesting parts that had me hooked into the story and kept me reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Then there were the filler scenes. I felt like the filler scenes tended to slow the book down and it was at these parts that I could put the book down quite readily.
As far as characters go I really liked Luce and I thought that she was a really strong character and I liked that she didn’t give in to peer pressure. I just wish everybody else had listened to her.
I think that Lost Voices by Sarah Porter had a lot of potential and was a really great debut. Sarah Porter has a great style of writing and I think that the reason I didn’t love this book was because apart from Luce, all of the other characters really irritated me to the point where I had no sympathy for any of them and from that I couldn’t understand any of Luce’s actions towards any of them.
However, if you enjoy books about mermaids then I strongly encourage you to check out Lost Voices. It has some very interesting ideas about mermaids and it is a great addition to any mermaid fans reading log.