Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Surface Breaks’ by Louise O’Neill

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a young adult, feminist retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill!

In addition to this beyond gorgeous cover and the fact that it’s a Little Mermaid retelling, we love the fact that it’s written by O’Neill, the author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It.

The Surface Breaks: A Reimagining of the Little Mermaid hits shelves in the U.K. and eReaders in the U.S. on May 3, 2018.

Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice?

Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.

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