One of my goals for 2016 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. I have a goal of reading 100 books this year, along with me!
‘The Siren’ by Kiera Cass fell flat for me, but managed to pick up slightly toward the end. A disappointing situation as I enjoy her series ‘The Crown’. While this book was never going to be a literary classic, it sadly stays one note and frankly rather boring until a mere two or three chapters from the end of the novel. The idea is that the Ocean is a living being and must have human sacrifices in order to survive, and therefore provide for the billions of other human lives. Since shipwrecks and natural disasters do not happen on a regular occurance She relies on sirens – women she picks who have no husbands or children- to serve her for 100 years. Kahlen has only 20 years left in her 100 year sentence as a siren and she has always followed the Ocean’s rules, boring, boring, zzzzzzzzz…
She meets a boy Akinli, (what is WITH the crazy names?!) and they start a very, VERY short relationship- but just cannot get each other out of their respective heads. Kahlen sinks further into depression as she must sing with her other siren sisters to sink a cruise liner, which drives her to swim blindly to Akinli. He discovers her and takes her in. This is all while she cannot talk to him- as she is a siren and her voice would send him to his death. The moments they share are cute but nothing life shattering. After he kisses her, she whispers ‘wow’, and he walks, cursed into the ocean. Kahlen pleads with the Ocean who spares Akinli, and She does, but since she has fallen in love- (this is forbidden)- her punishment is 50 more years of service and she can never see Akinli again. So dramatic. But dull.
In the next part of the book Kahlen resembles Bella from ‘Twilight’ but even worse. She has never been a go-getter, but now she’s utterly worthless, she is an absolute hermit who whines and day dreams about the boy and drags everyone down. It is just a snooze fest. Literally. She is needing sleep and food unlike usual, and on her way to sing another ship to its doom she actually needs oxygen. This progresses until they realize she is really and truly sick. Her sisters discover that Akinli is in a similar but even more dire situation and even later on they are discovered to both be dying and that their illnesses are connected. (zzzzzzz….). I won’t give the ending away, but it is the best part of the novel. Haha!
As I said, I’m bummed this novel wasn’t what it could have been. It was actually a re-write of a novel of the same name that Cass self published back in 2009. I fully support her entrepreneurial spirit and the love of a story that she has. She has a really good thing going, and all I can say is don’t let this book be your base of judgement of her writing. I would recommend skipping this one and reading her series ‘The Selection’. It is an enchanting, if predictable series and a much more interesting read.
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Book 10: The Siren by Kiera Cass