What a surprisingly unique read. This book might seem like a modern take on The Little Mermaid, but it is so much more. Really beautifully crafted world that held me enthralled from beginning to end. It is a touch of fantasy mixed with post apocalypse/dystopian themes. Very creative.
I had a little trouble deciphering if this was a Young Adult or New Adult read. I do not recall hearing the exact age of the main character for quite some time. That is one of those defining details that I depend upon as a reader. It is in fact Young Adult, thankfully the main character is not angsty!
The narrative is all first person, not a big issue for me, I find when listening to a book this is not as annoying as reading for myself. But I know there are many out there who do not enjoy first person reads at all. Personally, it depends on how well it is done, this story flowed and I actually had to go back and check on the tense.
Chey is a very interesting character. She is fighting the blues, but does not get overly emotional or angsty. She is curious and eager to learn about everything, I enjoyed her reactions to her ocean surroundings and the land. Her enthusiasm makes her more engaging.
The supporting cast is intriguing and diverse. I wish there were more interactions with the sea creatures. They were an element of the books I really enjoyed. Imagine being able to speak their language!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Melissa Moran, who does a lovely job. She has a perky voice that really suits the story and the main character. She has a quick pace that really keeps the story moving. I will definitely look for more of her reads.
Overall, this was a very entertaining read, it just ends abruptly. I could not find if it is the start of a series. I hope it is because there is so much left open. Very nice start to a promising series!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.