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 seventeen-year-old high school student. Why do her parents have to be so “out there?” Her feelings on the subject are changed 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 finds out that these aren’t humans 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’ll let you in on a little secret about me…..I LOVE MERMAIDS! I hope beyond all hope that some where out there they really do exist. I will straight up devour any story about mermaids. So, naturally the realistic descriptions of the mermaids in this book had me foaming at the mouth.
I liked Juniper from the beginning. Her character is very believable. Can you imagine living in the shadow of such brilliant parents? I can fully understand her desire to make her own path and try to detach her name and future from her parents. Don’t we all want to forge our own path? Don’t we all want to make our own mark on the world?
I love stories set in the northwest. I get lost in the beauty of the forests and the oceans. The author does a great job of describing what I would imagine a “native” of the area would see. I love the transformation of Juniper. She goes from wanting nothing more then to just get away from all the rain and the gloomy beaches. But, then she sees the beauty in not only her own native heritage but the beauty in the native creatures as well.
This book also brings up some serious philosophical questions as well. Would we as a species do more to protect our oceans from pollution if we believed that human like creatures resided there? Would we just brush them off as a lesser species?
All in all I loved the book. I hope beyond hope that it inspires young adults to care more about the oceans of this planet. I hope that it incites a curiosity that allows people to look at other species as something to protect and learn from. I hope this book creates a whole pile of brand new activists. And, most of all, I hope there really is a whole group of mermaids some where out there just waiting to be discovered.
This book gets the full five stars.
The Technical Data:
Title: Cry of the Sea | Author(s): D. G. Driver |
Publisher: Melange Books / Publication Date: 2-23-2014 |Pages: 208 (paperback) |
ISBN: 9781612357867 | Genre(s): Young Adult Fantasy | Language: English |
Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 9-23-2015 | Source: Copy From Author