My Book Review of 2043…(A Merman I Should Turn to Be) (Black Stars)

2043...A Merman I Should Turn to Be (Black Stars #3)2043…A Merman I Should Turn to Be by Nisi Shawl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Original Mer Story

The underwater world was really original. The complexities of the races and politics were intriguing though disturbing. Of course, the human flaw to migrate toward “us vs them” (regardless of what credentials they base it on – race, status, money, etc) will always disappointment and dismay me.

What I liked was Catherina and Joa. Their ability to see possibilities and to forge friendships despite differences made them very appealing characters.

What I disliked was the black – white race issues and the violent nature of the hate groups. I understand prejudice and ignorance exist in humans as much as violence and cruelty, but only highlighting that aspect of any person or race or species… that’s a prejudice view in itself.

Vampires aren’t inherently evil because they are parasites. They must drink blood to survive. However, HOW they choose to acquire their sustenance is the tell, determining good or evil. Did they kill for the blood, or have a willing donor, stopping when satiated?

This story opens one’s mind to many questions. It does what writers intend – it makes you re-evaluate things and see life with new eyes. Well done!
View all my reviews

Leave a Reply