...the story makes an interesting twist that highlights the dangers of limited understanding and self-referentiality. The language of the story is fitting for the setting and the author shows surprising subtlety, especially in the final third of the story.
When Thalassa’s Children—the mer-like, genderless protectors of the ocean—experience the trapped and suffocating death of one of their own, a single member chooses to take action. Against the wishes of the collective mind.
But can a lone mer ever hope to convince the humans of what they have done to the ocean, in a language they will understand?
And will it be worth losing everything?
“[One of] the kind of stories anyone who reads them will remember forever…inventive, heartbreaking, and wholly original.” — Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo award-winning author and editor
““Alexandra’s story is one of hard choices at every turn, and also dealing with the results of those choices…and I certainly hope is the first of many stories we’ll see by her in the future.” — John Helfers, editor, No Humans Allowed