The Mers: A Mermaid Dystopian is the first book in Blackwelder’s Mer Chronicles. This book was captivating from page one. Mira doesn’t seem to fit in with the Mers, she doesn’t have gills, eyes, fins or webbing like they do. She’s just learned in school at age seventeen that humans warred with the Mers and Pirates capture them. One hundred years prior the Earth was covered in water and what little land was left was highly prized, adaptation began quickly and soon another branch of humans began–the Mers. Whether from jealousy or fear, the humans ostracized and fought them. Finally, coming to a shaky peace where the two had separate boundaries.

Mira longs to know who she really is despite the love of her adopted parents Zale and Marina, and the pull and affection of her close friend Niren, who becomes more than that. Mira’s distinctions draw him to her, and you too will fall for the loyal, loving Mer. The book is fast paced, hard to put down, and a great YA read. The main characters Mira and Nerin are well fleshed out and have you rooting for them, and feeling with them in the end. Other characters join the band and have you guessing, are they to be trusted, or not? With surprises and twists, The Mers is certainly a great read. I for one will be waiting with bated breath for the next installment.

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From Amazon.com

A Mermaid Dystopian –The Mers:
What lies beneath the surface?
One hundred years from now, the world has
changed and brought with it, new forms of life.
Who are the Mers? Who is Mira?

Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren with heracross the border dividing Ellis Island and New Jersey, the border dividing two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one.

But, as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of aristocrats who hate the Mers, pirates who want to sell them, and magi who want to use them…finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer willing to fight to the death.

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