Author: Jenetta Penner & David Bernstein
Series Title: Echoes of the Lost
Published: December 12th 2017
Can a pure, but broken heart fuel the war to control the NeverSea?
“The Little Mermaid & Peter Pan together in a sci-fi retelling.”
Forced under the sea, seventeen-year-old Arya fights, alongside her sisters, to take down the Syndicate—a group looking to genetically redesign humanity against their will. When a routine patrol goes horribly wrong, she reunites with Peter, the ousted former leader of the Lost Boys. Arya and Peter’s tortured past, filled with genetic experimentation, fuel their need for justice.
Years earlier, Peter left young Arya when she needed him the most, leaving her torn from James, the love of her life.
Now, Arya has no choice, but to trust Peter or risk losing everything.
In a future where a constantly rising sea has swallowed nearly all the land on Earth, Arya and Peter fight to regain control of Neverland, a massive floating settlement, now controlled by the Syndicate.
The abilities forced on them years ago, are now the weapons they need to fight back.
I received this book as an Advance Readers Copy for an honest review.
I was so excited to start this book. When it popped up in my email, my excitement to read another one of Jenetta’s novels had me going. Especially if it was a collab. However…. immediately after starting, there were some issues.
The first chapter (prelude) was jumping in years with WAY to much nonsense that I felt was unnecessary. Honestly it wasn’t what I pictured a good starter would be. I figured something a little more personal. Not in the form of data.
My biggest problem with NeverSea is that it moved way to fast. Half way through the novel and you are still on the same day. The day seemed it would never end. Honestly, there was too much going on. I felt as though it should have been broken down as a span of a couple of days.
Now that I got that out of the way. The characters.
in NeverSea, you are following two main characters. Peter and Arya. Two genetically modified teens who were forced into experimentation as young children. Peter has the ability to fly, among other abilities. Arya has the ability to breathe under water with the sonar sensitivity as a dolphin.
The summary points that this is a Little Mermaid and Peter Pan retelling with a sci-fi twist, must like the Lunar Chronicles. However, I felt as though there was no connection to the characters. Peter was too obsessed with finding Tiger Lilly and Arya with revenge that they didn’t really click with their peers, who look to them for guidance.
All in all, this book deserves a disappointing 2 stars, but because of the interesting retelling, I give it an honest three.
** I was asked to write a review for this novel.
It was not agreed for the review to be positive.
I’m not compensated for my reviews.**