Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release Date: March 22nd 2013
How far would you go for freedom?
Harvesting seaweed for World Food Co. is the only life genetically engineered sea drone Coral has ever known.
Nothing in her short, monotonous life prepared her for a chance meeting with a boatful of strangers who force her to question everything she is.
When the opportunity arises to change her place in the world, Coral finds herself caught between a powerful company and the family she was so desperate to leave.
Struggling to unravel the tangle of politics and love, time is running out as she fights to learn the hardest lesson of all – what it means to be truly human.
I’ve got to say Mermaid by Kate O’Connor isn’t exactly what I expected it to be, but I genuinely enjoyed the Science Fiction twist. This new take on mermaids was clever and original. Instead of being a creature from the sea, these mermaids or rather drones were genetically created with a mixture of human cells and technology.
The eight legged drones, technically they were arms not legs, were created by a company to grow and manage their seaweed and things that are used in their food products. Most drones follow orders and take commands without questioning things or having any thoughts of their own really, except for Coral, later known as Cora.
I don’t want to give too much away because there’s an awesome twist at the end that I definitely didn’t see coming and well, this story is worth the read for that alone. I really enjoyed the aspect of Coral wanting to be human and going about finding someone to help her with that.
It definitely has a ‘Little Mermaid’ type feel to it, but like I said with a twist. I really liked the writing style and the pace of the story. It was a really good read and I’d definitely recommend it to Science Fiction lovers and anyone who enjoys a different kind of mermaid!
Kate O’Connor was born in Virginia in 1982. She graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott in 2009 and now lives (and occasionally works) in the New York area.
Kate has been writing science fiction and fantasy since 2011. In between telling stories, she flies airplanes, digs up artifacts, and manages a kennel full of Airedales.