Merm-8 is a dystopian fantasy/adventure tale taking place in a mostly flooded future Earth. The main character Gene, is a salvager just barely scraping by, his only company being a spunky AI program dubbed ‘Stitch’. One day he finds a mermaid has gotten sucked up into his ship. Thinking this is his lucky day, he takes her to a floating outpost for a scientist friend to examine. But the more he gets to know her, the harder it becomes to leave her. What is her story, anyway…?
I would first like to state that I received this through NetGalley for an honest review. This was a bit of a slow starter for me but once it picked up I flew through it. It was a tale of adventure on the high seas – full of action, plot twists, and the fantastical imaginings of a mad scientist. While the ending left a bit to be desired, overall I rather enjoyed the story. This was a touching and bittersweet novel of personal growth, loss, and love to the very end.