Descent by Katie O’Sullivan is the first YA book about mermaids I’ve actually read. I love all things fantasy but for some reason haven’t come across a mermaid related book before. But I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed this one!
Shea McNamara is a normal boy who lives on a farm with his dad and deals with fancying girls, hating the spoilt rich kid and trying to get a pass to spend his birthday at a baseball game with his best friend John. Oh and trying to ignore the weird traits he has like being able to remember everything he ever reads, and eyes which adjust to the dark.
But when his father is killed in a freak, flash tornado, Shea has to move to Cape Cod to live with his grandmother. Here he begins to unravel the mystery of his mother’s disappearance and enters a world he never believed could exist.
The story is really engaging and quite a quick read, mainly because it’s quite short. I found the characters interesting, and the plot engaging if simple. The underwater world is well constructed and the ending perfectly set for another instalment!