Author: Jackson Pierce
Series: Fairytale Retellings #3
Publisher: Little, Brown
Date: September 4, 2012
Source: For Review
Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant -- until Celia meets Lo.
Lo doesn't know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea -- a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid -- all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she's becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she's tempted to embrace her dark immortality.
When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.
Fathomless is a re-imagining of The Little Mermaid, but aside from the ocean the two stories have very little in common (well, at least with the happy Disney version that I am familiar with). The story is told from 3 perspectives: Lo (the mermaid), Naida (former human turned mermaid/the other half of Lo), and Celia (human born with powers). Having the novel told from three perspectives really added to the plot and let us experience a lot more of the story.
Something terrible happened to Naida that caused her to become Lo–now the two more or less share a body and Celia does her best to help them. This sounds a little confusing, but is surprisingly easy to follow.
The focus of the novel really centers around what happened to Naida. SInce Naida has very few memories of her past, watching her struggle with herself is fascinating. I have always loved novels about memory and mental stability–they are just fascinating to me, so I really loved this about Fathomless.
Fathomless is a dark story about a girl who can’t remember how she turned from an ordinary human to a mermaid. The plot is filled with mystery and is perfect for fans of psychological thrillers. As much as I enjoyed this novel, my questions were not satisfactorily answered at the end and I am left wondering what exactly will happen in the future. However, as this is a stand alone, I will have to let my imagination fill in the blanks.