Musings on Lost Voices

May 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

**some very minor spoilers**

** Trigger warning for sexual assault and abuse**

Lost Voices tells the story of fourteen-year old orphan Luce, who lives with her abusive uncle. After being sexually assaulted by her uncle on her fourteenth birthday, Luce transforms into a mermaid.

Let me start this review by saying that I quite like mermaids so I was pretty excited to read this book, with its concept of mermaids that are bound on revenge. Unfortunately, I don’t Porter was able to do the concept any justice. 

Porter’s writing wasn’t all in all bad. A lot of the time it managed to be quite aesthetically pleasing. However, it was inconsistent and ultimately, it was amateur. This gave way to inconsistent characterisation too. I found it irritating to read the characters because they were so inconsistent. I felt like Porter was attempting to portray dramatic mood swings, attempting to show confusing display of emotions, but she failed. It came out as inconsistent writing and irritating character that made very little sense. Many of the characters also felt underdeveloped and two-dimensional, especially those characters that Luce didn’t like. 

The plot itself wasn’t particularly enthralling. The beginning was interesting, when you learn of the mermaid’s motivations and such. But soon, the novel just became an account of their day-to-day activities. It was tiring and uninteresting. There was very little plot to speak of. A lot of plot points were also incredibly underdeveloped. Porter never fully explores the motivations of the mermaids, and their ability to see their history if they look at each other from a certain angle just felt like lazy storytelling. 

Honestly, there were so many interesting elements in this book that were never explored properly or well. Catarina could have been an extremely interesting character, but she was inconsistent and underdeveloped. When I was halfway through the book, I just couldn’t wait to get to the end because I was so bored with the nonexistent plot. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next two books in the series.


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