I Married a Merman by Regine Abel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😠😘🤓
Narration Type: Solo Narration
The heroine: Neera – she has a debilitating disease after getting a fever. She has oxygen toxicity and feels that she is constantly suffocating. She also has to keep her apartment pressurized to strictly control oxygen levels and she must wear a mask at all times and she still may die. Before falling ill, she had wanted to become a marine biologist.
The Heroes: Echo – He has wanted a wife for a long time and is very exited when the Prime Mating Agency finally finds a match for him. He thought that it would be much harder since most species can’t survive in the atmosphere of Triton.
The Story: Neera finds out that the fever she had was turning humans into another race of people called Sicarians, though Neera only halfway transformed so she still couldn’t survive in the Sicarian atmosphere, she found that the Prime Mating Agency could help her out with her illness and match her to a planet that suits her needs so that she should be able to be survive the rest of her illness.
Echo is looking forward to meeting his match, though he does know that Neera was midway through mutating into a Sicarian. So if her stalled transformation moves forward once Neera is on Triton, then she might reach a place where the atmosphere of Triton is no longer safe for her at which time she would have to move to the Sicarian planet.
Like the rest of the books in this series, this story was told in dual points of view via solo narration. Narration was done by Daryl Mayfield who has a deep sonorous voice and also does a good woman’s voice. I have enjoyed his narration throughout this series. The world building in each of the books in this series has been terrific, most of them taking place on different worlds and in different types of communities. I have enjoyed each of them quite a bit.
I didn’t like this book quite as much as the rest of this series. It focused more on the differences in physiology between the two species, especially after Neera’s transformation started moving along. I found myself not caring how gills worked, or how their legs had membranes that stitched together into a tail when they get in the water. There wasn’t much of a side storyline in this one as in some of the other books.
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