Middle grade fiction can be so fun. It’s imaginative and engaging with so much action. Luce is a pre-teen girl whose city has been ravaged by war, she is writing to the leaders trying to implore them to understand the impact and inspire them to change. There are a lot of unusual sea creatures and magic but the real heart of the story is a girl trying to comprehend the lengths humanity needs to go to survive and why they were put in that situation in the first place. Her parents are building a contraption to help people escape. We see Luce, her best friend and her dog drawn from childhood things into the severity of adulthood in this world.
Because it’s short, you just need to allow yourself to be drawn away with the story rather than trying to get too much of a grip on the world building. This is part of a series so I imagine the other books fill in some of the gaps, but if you just accept the magic of the Sea Mother and the presence of mermaids you will be fine. The story is truly with the humans and their engineering and passion for their world. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to the author for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.
Do you ever read middle grade stories?