Book View: Fathomless

Book View: FathomlessFathomless by Jackson Pearce
Series: Fairytale Retellings #3
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 4th 2012
Pages: 291
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Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant -- until Celia meets Lo.

Lo doesn't know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea -- a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid -- all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she's becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she's tempted to embrace her dark immortality.

When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.

Short & Sweet: Fathomless is told from two points of view – Celia, who is the third of three triplets and can see the past – and Lo who is an underwater creature who used to be a girl and finds herself torn between Nadia and Lo in the book. Celia finds that for once her power of seeing into the past can help Lo, who helped her save Jude from drowning, a boy who was playing the guitar on the beach. Lo is torn between staying Lo or becoming Nadia and fighting against the thought that drowning the person that loves you will bring back your humanity. I couldn't help feel for Lo's character and Celia is somewhat blindsided by wanting to help her remember her past. I love Pearce's retellings of fairy tales and I love the viciousness of the old tales put into these new renditions.

Final Verdict: Another great story to add to the series of fairytale retellings, Fathomless takes on the Little Mermaid and pulls out a new story that will keep you turning the page until the very end.

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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