New spin on two old stories. NeverSea by Jenetta Penner and David R. Bernstein bring together Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid in futuristic approach. The polar ice caps have melted leaving the world covered in water and some scientist have looked for a way to help humanity live with all the water. Scientist and Doctor Nerissa Myers has taken it upon herself to alter humans in a way for them to live under the water since there are no land masses left. She experiments by stealing children ranging in ages until she finally has extreme success in two cases. Dr. Myers creates one boy, Peter, with the ability to fly and water based experiments on 5 girls with the most successful, the youngest, Arya. Arya has gills added into her skin and is forced to be turned into a fish. By the time she was 11, Arya had created a strong relationship with Peter as her older brother and made best friends with the military leaders son James.
She is 15 when, Dr. Myers plans to experiment on the other girls with her, though with their older age it would most likely kill them. At this same time, Peter has figured out a way to escape from the science station wanting to take Arya with him. Arya refuses to leave without her sisters and she and Peter separate. On her way to get her sisters to escape she runs into James and is forced to hurt him so she and the other girls can escape.
Fast forward two years later, and Arya and her four sisters have their own vessels and are attacking Dr. Myers ships attempting to stop their recapture plans. The girls find a ship and attempt to sink it, only to find out that their are civilians plus two unexpected passengers. Arya saves James and Peter and decides to use James as a hostage to free more children taken for experimentation.
Peter has fallen on hard times, from getting kicked out from leading the Lost Boys, a group of boys and one girl that live separately from the floating cities. He also in the last two years became a leader and lost a floating town, Neverland. Peter’s one love Lily is being held and Peter doesn’t know how to locate the floating island.
While the idea of combining two fairy tales is an interesting idea, I feel like the Little Mermaid story was lost. While yes, Arya is essentially a mermaid, I would not have connected the two without it being in the information. The connection to Peter Pan was quite obvious, but since this was supposed to be in the future in 2088, but I can’t imagine people hadn’t shared stories orally, and as Peter Pan is one of the most popular. The chapters in the book switch between Arya’s and Peter’s point of view. This book is written by two authors, and I can honestly say that the text flows smoothly at least. While this is the first book in the series, I am not decided if I will read the next one. Have you read this? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.