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5.0 out of 5 starsIf you focus deeper as you read this book, you will come away changed.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2020
I absolutely loved this book. Many reviewers have already stated that this book is different than the authors other books and that is true. It still has her great writing, storyline and character building that one would expect from her. However, I recommend you read this book slower than other books you read and really pay attention to what is happening and why. If you do, I believe you will love this book also. The storyline and message had me almost crying toward the ending (not in a bad way) because I was so deeply involved with the book and my thoughts. If I could give more than five stars I would for this book.
I'm a big fan of C.S. Johnson!! This book is different from her normal fantasy writing and a little darker but I love it. Milo is another great character that I can see myself being that character in his world.
This book just didn’t quite do it for me. There were elements to it that I enjoyed - wandering through Rasulka was fun and interesting - but all in all, I felt like this was two different books that never quite came together. It was both a fantasy novel about mermaids and a story of psychology and what it means to be human, but I was never convinced that these two ideas were part of the same world.
The relationships between the characters felt hollow to me. I did not see much to make me think Milo and Laura’s relationship was going anywhere or would last even after the book ended. I honestly forgot pretty quickly that Milo was writing this story down in a journal from some kind of mental facility, so when that came back around, I didn’t feel like it actually tied anything together. I wanted to feel some kind of admiration of the fantastic with this book, but instead I felt like half the book might as well not have happened for all the effect it seemed to have on the outcome and the world.
I felt like there were a few half finished ideas that never really came to fruition. Everything in the mermaid city felt like it had so much more to offer and could be expanded into a really interesting book. We just were not there long enough to really come to care about any of the characters or the mermaids in general. Killer whales appeared more than once in this book, but never really seemed to follow through with any deeper meaning. Also, some of the characters never seemed to be more than side characters, even when they were present throughout much of the book.
This is a book that I think has an interesting premise, but just does not deliver for me.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a different style from the other novels I have read by Ms. Johnson.
Although the genre is fantasy as others she has written, it is a very dark fantasy that contains (mostly offscreen) violence, medical experimentation, torture and death. The novel’s “whispers” or “sideways glimpses” of horror are even more evocative than if she had fully described the scenes.
This was not an easy novel to read although it was worthwhile albeit for mature individuals who perhaps can better understand and learn from the themes of devastation and redemption.
It was my pleasure to receive this ARC and give my honest review.
Milo goes through a journey of self discovery. His experience shows him that his Uncle Jay was right about merfolk being real. He learns that our choices have consequences that can affect others. He realizes how selfish he has been, how life is worth living, and love is worth giving. A very enjoyable and thought provoking story. I received an ARC copy if this story and this is my honest review.
Till Human Voices Wake Us is a refreshing new take on the idea of mermaids and insanity. After all, how do you confront the idea that something you thought relegated to children's stories is completely real, and totally different from the way the stories portrayed them? An engaging read that you won't want to put down for one minute, perfect for fantasy and thriller fans alike.
A darker tale for a mature audience. It made me pause and contemplate after reading. There are allusions to torture, death, & medical experiments but it adds to the story, It makes one stop and think about the human condition. Started reading and couldn't stop reading.