I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Series: Waterfire Saga #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 6th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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The first in a series of four epic tales set in the depths of the ocean, where six mermaids seek to protect and save their hidden world.
Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.
When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.
Disney sent me Deep Blue in this super fancy box with a video trailer and a little mini making of movie. I’m going to put those two movies in first so that you can see them and then we can talk about this book.
There have been a ton of mermaid books that have published in the past few years. I don’t really think of mermaids as a MUST READ creature feature but I have read plenty of the offerings. Still, I wasn’t sure what expect from Deep Blue.
Where most of the YA mermaid fiction is more paranormal Deep Blue is contemporary fantasy and focuses a lot on the political and origin stories of the mermaids.
The book starts out with some of this:
Most of the time the book felt like a YA fantasy novel. There were times when the narrators were a bit more immature than the current young adult trending fashions. I did feel the characterizations took a major hit but this was made up for by the deep, deep, rich world building.
I am a sucker for facts and myths and world building. Reading this book was very enjoyable. They record histories and messages into conch shells. The dinners and foods sounded disgusting to me but oh so wonderful for a mermaid. The history of the mermaids was well thought out and plausible.
The writing was gorgeous and I found myself wanting to read it at times of the day where I normally don’t read. I took this book to lunch two days in a row and skipped my internet free time. I do think this is a book that will be more enjoyed by actual teenagers rather than adults like me that read young adult. I say that because of the bits of immaturity and drama and the lack of character building.
It seemed like each of the merls (girls) were given a few token flaws/issues/quirks and that is as far as characterization went. The characters did grow by the end of it all but not in leaps and bounds the way you would expect.
All in all I really loved reading Deep Blue and cannot wait to read book two. I think these merls are going to get themselves into a ton of trouble and I for one can’t wait to see what type of mermaid magic they will use to get out of the predicament.
If you’re a fan of world building and interesting political systems you will love Deep Blue.