Disclosure: I get this book for free in exchange for my honest review from the author herself. The book is in a paperback format which the author give directly to me. I would like to have this opportunity to thank the author on letting me review her book. Thank you, Ms. D.G. Driver.
Commonly, I’m in self-house arrest which is introvertly an attitude of mine. No social life to say. Not all the time though since I’m enjoying my college life somehow and living in my happy hours.
Anyway, Cry of the Sea was such a good book to digest and I’m been taught how the sea life can be in danger from human pollution and improper procedures likewise when an oil spill happens.
So, I’m gonna review this today and fill you in with my thoughts about it.
Juniper Sawfeather is choosing which college to attend after graduation from West Olympia High School next year. She wants to go to San Diego to be far away from her environmental activist parents. They expect her to think the way they do, but having to be constantly fighting causes makes it difficult to be an average 17-year-old high school student. Why do her parents have to be so out there?
Everything changes when she and her father rush to the beach after a reported oil spill. As they document the damage, June discovers three humans washed up on the beach, struggling to breathe through the oil coating their skin. At first, she thinks they must be surfers, but as she gets closer, she realizes these aren’t human at all. They’re mermaids!
Now begins a complex story of intrigue, conspiracy, and manipulation as June, her parents, a marine biologist, and his handsome young intern, her best friend, the popular clique at school and the oil company fight over the fate of the mermaids.
I have quite a time enjoying this book. It is really easy to go with the flow and the storyline was unique. A modern fantasy that is creatively manipulated to mix with the real world just fine. Considering telling a story about mermaid was much common but Cry of the Sea is different because I could say the existence of this beautiful creature just gives the story a taste of appeal. The conflict was given a reason to be conflicted much more not just a simple way which the mermaid enter its tale. This gives the story an exciting twist where the discovery of a mermaid is not a bad thing but an advantage sort of to resolve the problem. That’s why this comes to be a fresh fiction for me.
Talking about a mermaid, Little Mermaid is a good example but lies a very fictional way of describing Earl who is half fish and remotely human from the other half. Unlike in this novel, the mermaid was described from the unexpected way we usually think to be. They have gills, bald, big eyes and webbed fingers – much more of scientifically than fictional. Add the way they communicate, they can’t talk the way human do.
This got also a strong impression about the environmentalism that our main character Junifer (June) Sawfeather is struggling. Having a hard pressure from her parents and peers at school, June was a great heroine that fights off for the environment. I love her radiating character aura for some kind of YA like this.
Looking for a fresh and unique story to read, I recommend this for you.
Thanks to the support of her husband and a sweet drawing of a mermaid done by her daughter that was taped on the wall above her desk to keep her motivated to finish, Cry of the Sea is her first published Young Adult novel. A dragon picture hangs there now, so we’ll see what happens.
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