Lo’s preoccupation with the human world and the mythology of her underwater world is shared with us in the Prologue.
We meet Celia, Anne and Jane at a carnival. Anne and Jane use their powers for lighthearted gain while Celia sees her ‘gift’ more as a curse and feels outside the bond Anne and Jane have. She walks off alone and sees a guy (Jude) trip and fall into the ocean. Lo, in the ocean with new girl Molly, also sees this and between them (despite Molly wanting his soul), they rescue him. When Celia touches Lo, she sees some of her past and as she swims away, calls out her name – Naida.
Celia and Lo meet again and Celia realises that being able to see the past can at last be useful in helping Lo to remember her human life. Running alongside this is Celia’s building intimacy with Jude. Celia at last feels as if she has a purpose away from her sisters and using her gift.
Iintrigue/mystery comes from the underwater world mythology. New girl Molly remembers how they were changed but doesn’t share and Celia can’t get past the scream in Lo’s mind. Aging rapidly, do they become angels when it’s time? What really happens to the girls living in the ocean?
Sometimes Lo is at the forefront and other times, Naida. This isn’t as confusing as it sounds as all chapters are headed with the character who is leading … plus their needs are so different there is no mistaking who we’re with.
The settings and environment surrounding the scenes are perfect. Pearce’s writing is very evocative which led me to believe that I was also a part of the ocean. Beautiful writing.
Fathomless is much more than a modern retelling of The Little Mermaid. The triplets reminded me of the Fates and also the three faces of the moon. There is another key creature from myth too – a creature that underpins everything. Would love to read the story from their point of view!
I wasn’t sure how it was going to end (would it have a happy ending as in the amended version of Hans Christian Andersen?) but I have to admit that it was perfect!
Whether you are a lover of fairytales or they’re not usually your choice, Fathomless is a story with a plot and characters that will engage and hold your attention … no matter your age!
I would like to thank the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.