Book Review: Lost Voices February 6, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 5 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Jaidis Shaw Reviews.
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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 Voices is a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to forgive.
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter was everything I was hoping it would be when I first read the synopsis and so much more. Naturally being drawn to the sea, I was excited to have the chance to read about Luce, a lonely fourteen year old girl, who is having a difficult time in life after the death of her parents. Sent to live with an abusive and drunk uncle, Luce has to endure things that no person, especially a child, should have to. Luce’s story takes a drastic turn when she finds herself as a mermaid. With so many questions that need answered, Luce struggles to find a balance between her new life as a mermaid and the human life she left behind. I really enjoyed the unique twist Ms. Porter uses to explain how exactly it is that mermaids are created. Lost Voices ended more abruptly then I would have liked, even though Lost Voices is book one in a trilogy. Regardless, Ms. Porter’s writing is filled with such raw emotions and beautiful imagery that I was instantly hooked!