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The Mers (The Mer Chronicles #1)

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A Mermaid Dystopian...out now!
The Mers:
What lies beneath the surface?
One hundred years from now, the world has
changed and brought with it, new forms of life.
Who are the Mers? Who is Mira?

Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren with heracross the border dividing Ellis Island and N
Published 2012 by eloquent enraptures publishing (first published October 19th 2011)
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Oct 31, 2011 Ananda rated it really liked it
"One hundred years ago, humans began to reap what they had sewn. The Earth fought back with vengeance. Water saturated the planet in what had been dubbed the Great Deluge. Much of the land on Earth vanished underneath the seas. Many humans died, but those who survived became divided."

Mira always knew she was different. Being raised by Mers while not actually looking like a mermaid seem to always make her wonder who she is. Until the age of seventeen she is just aware of the fact she is not like
Mar 28, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dystopian YA fantasy, esp. w/ merfolk
Recommended to Katy by: LibraryThing
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook via the LibraryThing Members Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: The Mers: What lies beneath the surface?

One hundred years from now, the world has changed and brought with it, new forms of life. Who are the Mers? Who is Mira?

Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren with her, across the border dividing Elise Island and New Jersey, the border dividing
Dec 09, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

The Mers is a really unique and intriguing take on mermaid lore. This wasn't in traditional form and I like how Ami Blackwelder made it her own. I also really liked the world building. It was very vivid and rich with imagination.

This has just about everything I liked in my reads. Excitement, adventure and a very sweet budding romance between two life long friends. No love triangles here folks which will please many readers I'm sure.
I also liked that it wasn't very predictable. Mira kne
Feb 22, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Title: The Mers

Author: Ami Blackwelder

Published By: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing

Genre: Romance/Supernatural

Recommended Age: 15+

Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavoc

Blog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community

Rating: 4 Ravens

This was definitely what I have spent a lot of time looking for. Today a lot of the same stories are made to all sound the same way. Lately we have all had more vampires, werewolves and other supernatural type of beings that we have lost out on the
Article first published as Book Review:The Mers by Ami Blackwelder on Blogcritics.

Knowing who you are and believing in yourself are what most believe create that inner feeling of completeness and possibly even happiness. For those who do not know of their familial background, a quest for information almost always begins.

In The Mers by Ami Blackwelder, the author takes us into such a situation, one our heroine, Mira, can only guess at. Living among the Mers, a people that have evolved after the
Charlotte Sebring
Nov 12, 2013 Charlotte Sebring rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever started reading a book and thought to yourself 'this book is terrible', but convinced yourself just a few more pages and maybe it will get interesting; suddenly, despite the poor writing and thin plot you're very curious to know what happens to these people? This is that book. The writing is poor, the characters are barely developed, the plot is thin, the tropes are eye roll worthy, and Ms Blackwelder can't decide if she wants her writing to be accessible or if she should toss in b ...more
Nicole Roberts
This was an interesting story, for a young adult type of book. The story revolves around a young girl (Mira) who is a human that is raised by a hybrid race of people called Mers. (It might just be me but when she described the Mers it instantly brought to mind the image of a Zora from Zelda. It’s not completely accurate but I couldn’t stop myself) Mira is on the hunt to find out where she comes from and what her people (the humans) are like. The story takes place after a giant flood of the entir ...more
Kelsea Dawn Hume
I wanted to like this. Post-apocalyptic mermaids are right up my alley, and I'm always looking for new indie authors to read. Unfortunately, Mers was a huge letdown. Purple prose littered an inconsistent, cliched world, the all-too-familiar protagonist constantly made mind-numbingly stupid decisions, and, to make matters worse, the whole thing was set in Jersey.

Read If:

- You don't believe me.

*I won this book through First Reads.*
Jessica Bronder
Jan 13, 2014 Jessica Bronder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One hundred years into the future, after a great flood, humans started getting strange adaptations. Some started developing gills and webbed fingers. This change caused a war between the Mers and regular humans. But an uneasy truce was created and the Mers could live on Liberty Shores while the humans took New Jersey. But things are changing. Mers are disappearing, pirates are capturing the Mers, and strange and dangerous sea creatures are arriving in the water.

Mira has always felt like an outsi
Mar 17, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mira Always Knew She Was Different From Her Mer Parents And The Mer People, For One, She Had Flaming Red Hair And Her Eyes Were Like None Of Them, Nor Did She Have Web Feet. She Decided That It Was Time To Learn Who And What She Was So One Night She Packed Everything She'd Thought She'd Need And Slipped Out In The Dead Of Night From Her One Time Home. As She Traveled, She Was Scared About Crossing The Place The Mers Called Limbo. She Heard A Noise And Turned To See Her Long Time Friend, Nerin Wa ...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Mira is a teenage girl living in a shattered world, a world that survived a massive flood and is mostly made up of water now. Humans have been evolving to adapt to their new environment, some being born with gills and webbed hands/feet. This has caused wars between the newly evolved humans, named Mers, and the humans who have stayed the same. The wars are supposedley over, but the races remain separated and pirates steal away unsuspecting Mers to sell their bodies piece by piece to the wealthy h ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, autographed
This book was a great dystopian about mermaids. Something different that I needed in my reading material. Mers are people with webbed toes and fingers and they have yellow eyes. They have magic within their body so humans and pirates try to capture the Mers. They use their eyes for amulets, their hair for wigs, and their skin to remain looking young. Mira the main character constantly wonders why she is not like The Mers. She doesn't have webbed features, yellow eyes, and most importantly she ca ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
I did find this a little difficult to get into to begin with, but once I got to reading more about Nerin, his sister Nerissa and of course the main character Mira I really became hooked on what would happen next.
I like the way the Mers are so accepting of Mira even though she is different from them. Then Mira finds out the Mers that she thought where her parents are really the people who found her abandoned and brought her up as one of their own, she feels the need to find out what she
The myths surrounding the mermaid legends has always fascinated me, mermaids to be precise have always been one of my favorite legends. I can remember as a child playing pretend and becoming one of them as my imagination roamed free.

This was a unique twist on the well worn fin. When the earth became swallowed by the oceans. leaving dry land sparse, we do what humans do best, we evolve. Humans turned into Mers. Men and Women who can breath under water and have webbed hands and feet so they can sw
Donna (BLHmistress)
I honestly think I have read only one Dystopian book and a handful with mermaids in them but not as a main character. What I found intriguing with this book was the unique world building this author created. We have the Mers who hate humans, humans who hate the Mers then there are several types of humans, Aristos, Commoners(who are really low on the totem pole), Magi's and even Pirates. The fact all of this takes place in or around Jersey makes me smile.

Mira, who all her life has lived as Mer b
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book through the Early Reviewers Program at
NOTE: This is a earlier version of the advanced copy. Ami Blackwelder has posted that there the professional edited copy will be out Feb, 2012 with a new cover.

Now on to my review but with the previous note in mind. Obviously there are a lot of issues with this copy of the book so I’ll skip mentioning the grammar, spelling, and typos included in the book as they will probably be fixed b
Howard Parsons
It is the policy of this reviewer to NOT include spoilers and/or plot synopses in his reviews. (Neptune knows that there are enough other reviewers who do this.) Instead, this reviewer usually chooses to comment on the book as a whole or, perhaps, certain characters and/or points in the plot.

Unless otherwise noted, all reviews are based on the Kindle edition.

Ami Blackwelder's The Mers is a tale about a post-apocalyptic dystopian society and it's neighbouring colony of quasi-human amphibious crea
Sarah Snyder
The Mers features an Interesting take on the tradition mermaid story. Blackwelder puts a dystopian spin on things and sets her story in a futuristic New York / New Jersey. The Mers themselves are not your traditional take on mer-people either. They are an evolved race of humans; after the world floods over humans began adapting and developing gills and webbed fingers, toes and legs. Soon friction develops between the two races - mainly on the human side of the story. Well long story short, war b ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Destiny rated it really liked it
The Mers was a very interesting and exciting novel! It combines two of my very favorite genres and blends them into an enchanting story. Ami Blackwelder writes a mermaid dystopian that is a combination of action and romance that is extremely fast-paced from the very first page and never stops until the end.

I was a little surprised at how Ami Blackwelder described the dystopian world because it seemed so realistic. Often times dystopian worlds can seem a bit far-fetched, but this seemed entirely
Jan 04, 2013 Bailee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something about The Mers by Ami Blackwelder that is enchanting. The uniqueness of the story and the way that this race as well as the human race is written draws you in. You can't help but fall in love with the characters as they journey through an adventure to discover just who Mira really is.

Ami Blackwelder captures the earnest desire of Mira's to understand who or rather what she is. All Mira knows is that she's different from the Mers who raised her. Is she like anyone else out ther
Michelle Book Briefs
This book is so unique. It's a mermaid story and a dystopian all in one. Plus there are really cool powers involved. This book has it all, but it never seems like too much. The story all fits together really nicely. I read this book in one sitting- I was that absorbed in the book.

Mira was pretty cool. I thought she handled everything so well. If I were that noticeably different than all the people in my community, it would be hard. It probably helped having a friend like Niren though. He is the
Suzanne Dix
Jan 08, 2012 Suzanne Dix rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzanne by: free ebook from the author on Goodreads
This book took me over a month to read. True, I was in the midst of a move from Delaware to Ohio and it spanned the crazy-busy Christmas and New Years holidays but ordinarily I finish books in a matter of days, not weeks. I did appreciate that this was a very different storyline but I found the writing very clumsy. The authors used a technique which allowed the reader to know every characters point of view yet never consistently. One sentence to the next you were in and out of one character's mi ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Chrystal rated it really liked it
Mira has always felt accepted by her family and friends, but also an outsider. She is not like the others in her village - they have webbed feet and gills, while she is the only one with fiery red hair and cannot swim to save her life. She has always thought herself more human than her Mer companions, yet she isn't 100% sure she is human either.

Mira sets out on an adventure to figure out who and what she really is and to find her real parents. She has always kind of known that she isn't a Mer, b
Mandy Sickle
I received Mers from the author Ami Blackwelder in return for a honest review from a giveaway on Librarything. The book is set 100 years in the future,over that time the earth has changed dramatically, causing humans to adapt to survive. Humans took to the water growing webbed feet and hands, gaining the ability to breath and swim under the water, these people are now called Mer. Mira isn't a mer, but she grew up among the mers even raised by mer parents. However Mira has always wondered who whe ...more
Aislynn (Stitch Read Cook)
Mira has never really fit in with her family and the Mers. She can't swim and doesn't have gills like all other members of the Mer society. She's always wondered why she's so different - not that it mattered to her parents or her friends. The nagging voice in the back of her mind propels her to find the truth of who she really is how she came to live with the Mers.

With her best friend Niren, she decides to leave the Liberty Shore and see what is on the other side of the borders. Both Mira and Ni
Julie Witt
I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

3.5 stars

From Goodreads: "What lies beneath the surface? One hundred years from now, the world has changed and brought with it, new forms of life. Who are the Mers? Who is Mira? Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren across the border that divides Ellis Island and New Jersey, a border that divides two vastly different worlds, she
Misty Baker
May 04, 2012 Misty Baker rated it liked it
There are few things in life that genuinely intrigue me.

What happened to the Jonas Brothers? Did they die in a plane crash?
Why is there braille on drive up ATM machines?
Who was the idiot that inspired the “do not drink” sign on the back of concrete mixers?


Who in there right mind would think to combine the fascinating world of mermaids with the destructive premise of dystopian literature?

I’m still working on the first three, but as for the mermaids? I can blame that on Ami Blackwelder.

Lauren Murphy
The Mers offers a new, unique edge to the YA paranormal genre. This mermaid dystopian story follows young Mira who has never been quite sure whether she was a Mer or a human. She lives on Liberty Shore with the Mer community, only she doesn’t display the typical Mer physical appearance of webbed limbs and extremities. These qualities make them excellent swimmers, features that have evolved in the community over time. The Mers remain in their island home for fear of being kidnapped by pirates wh ...more
Dec 18, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Mers by Ami Blackwelder

The Mers is a dystopian story that that takes place in a futuristic New Jersey/New York. After catastrophic worldwide flooding, only small parts of land still exist. Human beings are forced to adapt to this new world. Some humans are able to start adapting to living part time in the water, developing gills and also webbing between fingers/toes and legs that enables to person to swim and live in the water. The humans on land are the same as everyday humans, no gills, no
Dec 15, 2011 Tzipora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mers is not quite the type of novel I usually read. I'm not a big fan of the fantasy genre but I DO love a good dystopian story! And Mers delivered on that!

The novel takes place on Ellis Island and in New Jersey after the world has flooded. There is very little land left that is not covered by water and very few humans left also. Through the generations since the flood humans have begun to adapt to the water and more and more of them have developed mermaid-like features. But many of the hum
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