LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 4th July 2011
Review Format: e-galley
Source: Received for review with thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Series: Lost Voices Trilogy #1
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 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 Voicesis a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to forgive.
I was really excited to read Lost Voices as I’ve never read a book about mermaids before. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as enthralling as I’d hoped and I was left feeling a little disappointed.
Both of Luce’s parents are dead and she now has to live with her drunken, mean and cruel Uncle. She goes to school and all the kids there are mean too. Luce has no-one apart from a young, mentally challenged younger boy, who she can really call a friend. I truly felt sorry for Luce at the beginning of this story, and as I had kind of guessed already that she must be a mermaid (from the synopsis and cover of the book it really is quite obvious and this isn’t a spoiler) I was desperate to reach the point in the book where she actually became one. This must surely be where the story really comes to life and Luce stops being the victim, right? Erm, no.
Lost Voices was an easy read and I loved reading about how Luce coped with the change and all her new abilities. There were some lovely descriptive passages about Luce’s thoughts and feelings on becoming a mermaid, especially her new found voice. I did find though that the storyline got quite repetitive. The ship sinking scenes became very same-ish after the first couple and Luce always seems to be miserable and going off on her own someplace to get away from the mean mermaid girls.
During the first part of the book I had compassion for Luce, but later I started to lose interest in her character. I did enjoy reading about her life as a mermaid and her singing, but the fact that nearly all the other mermaids seemed to have it in for Luce got a little boring after a while. I know it probably would have been predicable, but I would have loved for the book to have ended with the death of a certain nasty, smartass mermaid and Luce having some friends at least.
Would I recommend Lost Voices? I would probably suggest you try to borrow this one from the library or from a friend.
My rating: 2 stars