Review: Fathomless

Title: Fathomless
Author: Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Little, Brown
Genre: young adult, paranormal, fairytale retelling
Rating: 4/5

I was a fan of Disney’s adaptation of The Little Mermaid when I was a kid, and when I got older I was really surprised at how very different the original fairy tale is. Things aren’t all musical numbers and true love; there are broken hearts, bleeding feet, and mortal souls in jeopardy. Fathomless catches that feel of the original fairytale, and updates it perfectly; it never looses its quiet edge, but it gains a good deal of context.

Lo lives in the ocean, and although she knows that she once was human, she doesn’t remember it. She doesn’t even remember her own name. That is, until she meets Cecilia Reynolds, who can see a person’s past just by touching them. Cecilia can help her untangle her memories, but they both find themselves drawn to the same boy—a guitar player named Jude, who they rescued from drowning.

When I first got this book, I was really sad that the cover doesn’t match the original covers for Sweetly and Sisters Red, with their clear, crisp illustrations. Having read the book now, though, I’m kind of glad. Although this book is definitely in the same series and world as the other two, it feels distinctly different.

All three books have the same themes: sisterhood, the quest for identity, realizing your own strength. But this book has a slower pacing than the others, and although there is a good deal of identity-finding and strength-realizing, its on a much less physical level. The other books are at least half werewolf-hunting, but this book has barely any wolf-slaying at all. It’s just not that kind of book.

I’m really curious to see where Jackson Pearce goes with the next book in this series. It feels like the characters in the different books are circling each other, and its only a matter of time before they all come together. And eventually we’re going to run out of Reynolds siblings.


About Lucy

If you want to get fancy, Lucy lives in Portland, OR, and has a MA in Writing/Book Publishing, with a focus on Young Adult Literature, and a heaping disregard for literary snobbishness (she was an English Major–she’s seen and spouted her fair share). She works as a social media marketer, and has dabbled in developmental editing as a freelancer.
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