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One hundred years into the future, after a great flood, humans started getting strange adaptations. Some started developing gills and webbed fingers. This change caused a war between the Mers and regular humans. But an uneasy truce was created and the Mers could live on Liberty Shores while the humans took New Jersey. But things are changing. Mers are disappearing, pirates are capturing the Mers, and strange and dangerous sea creatures are arriving in the water.
Mira has always felt like an outsider in the Mer community. She doesn’t have gills or webbed fingers and a head full of bright red hair really makes her stand out. She has always been loved but when she learns that she is a foundling, she wants to know more about the humans so she sets out for the human colony even though it is forbidden. So Mira and her best friend decided to go to New Jersey to find out more. There they are introduced to the different classes of people that run the human colony. They also learn the plans of the humans for the Mers and they have to go save their people. But being held captive will hinder their plans.
This is a great new approach to the dystopia stories. You usually don’t see too many mermaid stories although they are slowly coming out. I loved the background and how the Mers come about and all the drama it caused. The world was expertly created and the story just flowed. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more in the Mer Chronicles.
I received this book for free from the Library Thing early Reviewer Program in exchange for an honest review.
Posted January 4, 2013
There is something about The Mers by Ami Blackwelder that is enchanting. The uniqueness of the story and the way that this race as well as the human race is written draws you in. You can't help but fall in love with the characters as they journey through an adventure to discover just who Mira really is.
Ami Blackwelder captures the earnest desire of Mira's to understand who or rather what she is. All Mira knows is that she's different from the Mers who raised her. Is she like anyone else out there? It is this unquenchable desire that drives this book to its pinnacle and places anyone that Mira holds dear in danger. Especially Niren, her best friend and love interest.
I adore how the author captured the human race with all of its darkness coming into play throughout this tell. But where there is darkness, there is also light. You will come to hate and love the different humans that play a part in this book. There are those that would kill to find a Mer, only to kill the Mer later, and those that will be the greatest help to Mira in her quest to save her friend and return to the home she took for granted.
It's a wonderful book. It's unique and beautiful.
Posted September 9, 2012
I liked the descriptions and the strong characters. The romance was sweet and not overly sappy or dramatic. The new take on mermaids in a dystopian setting is original and refreshing. I'm looking forward to book #2!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2012
i have this book and then it a great book the cover is different form
the one shown but here is story that a lot will like and then if you
believe in merman or mermaid you get kick out of the book and then kids
will in joy the book The book is about some kids who are different to
all and then they are sold in for the skin of what they can do and then
some kids want to find out why are they different from other and why can
not go to certain area of the grounds. The story goes on and then the
kid get in to trouble and then they find out things that may be should
or should not do or go in to the off land. The prate kidnapped some of
them and then what happen in the book is great story you will love how
they live and survive i really like the book a lot
Posted March 29, 2012
I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
From Goodreads: "What lies beneath the surface? One hundred years from now, the world has changed and brought with it, new forms of life. Who are the Mers? Who is Mira? Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren across the border that divides Ellis Island and New Jersey, a border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one.
But as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them...finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer willing to fight to the death."
When I read the synopsis of this book I was really excited to read it - a mermaid dystopian! I was hooked! Unfortunately, while the concept was very original, I never really connected to the characters, and I felt the writing was a bit stiff, especially during the conversations. When the teens were talking, it didn't sound like any teens I know. In too many instances where there should have been contractions, they just weren't there, and I personally don't know of any kids who talk as formal as these characters did. I also felt that in the relationship between Mira and Nerin, we were TOLD too often how in love they were, instead of being shown it. That being said, I did enjoy many aspects of the plot: when Mira decided to cross the border to try to find her parents and Nerin followed her, and all the trouble they got into in Remnantville after they found out what was being done to their fellow Mers. Even though Mira was human, she was never treated like an outcast by the Mers she grew up with, and she always sided with them, no matter what. Keeping the Mers safe was her first priority, even above finding her parents, and I loved that about her.
All in all I enjoyed the storyline, I just wish I had connected more with the characters. This is the first of a planned trilogy and I will be reading the next two in the hopes that they are better fleshed out in the books to come :D
Posted December 18, 2011
The Mers by Ami Blackwelder The Mers is a dystopian story that that takes place in a futuristic New Jersey/New York. After catastrophic worldwide flooding, only small parts of land still exist. Human beings are forced to adapt to this new world. Some humans are able to start adapting to living part time in the water, developing gills and also webbing between fingers/toes and legs that enables to person to swim and live in the water. The humans on land are the same as everyday humans, no gills, no webbing. The humans who have adapted to the water are referred to as the Mers. There is distrust between the two groups, and much fighting breaks out. When the story begins, both sets of humans are separated and have an agreement not to go near the other group. The main character of this story is a teenager named Mira. Mira has grown up with the Mers, but is not a mer but a human with land features. Although she is considered part of the mer community, she longs to find the parents who gave her up. She sets out to find her birth parents and goes to the forbidden place where land humans live. With her is her best friend and mer, Nirren, and his little sister, Nerissa. As with any good novel, the journey is far from being peaceful and easy. As Mira begins to unravel the truths surrounding her birth and the fissure between the two groups, her life and those of her friend and little sister are constantly being threatened. Can Mira find her parents and help bring peace to the two sets of humans? I found this story to be very interesting. The main character, Mira, was brought to life in this story and the reader is lucky to be along for the unique and interesting journey she goes on. I thought that the author did a good job on setting up the two societies and also the characters. I must admit, though, that the Mers are definitely protrayed as the peaceful, loving group and the land humans as the oppressive, evil group. It is very black and white and I wish that the author would have shown how each side has their flaws but also has their good qualities. While I enjoyed reading about the Mers and their society, I felt a little let down when I got to the land humans and their society. The author set up the ending to allow for another book (or books) to continue the saga. I enjoyed this first book and am very interested to see where the author ends up taking the story when the next book comes out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2011
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