The Surface Breaks

The Surface Breaks

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 Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father...

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Title:The Surface Breaks
Author:Louise O'Neill
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Surface Breaks: a reimagining of The Little Mermaid
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Surface Breaks Reviews

  • Scrill
    Feb 10, 2018
    Retelling of The Little Mermaid with a dash of feminism? Yes please! ALSO, that cover is gorgeous!! ...
  • Serena
    Feb 01, 2018
    'Another human woman set on fire by an insatiable man.' Louise has done it again - she has reimagined this classic in a way that will make your brain do mental gymnastics to align what you thought you knew and what you know is right. I inhaled this book, much like every other feminist ...
  • Emer
    Apr 30, 2018
    Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid was my absolute favourite fairytale as a child. I loved it for its unrequited love story and bittersweet yet I always thought hopeful ending; I just loved the character of the little mermaid and how she gave everything for true love and when...
  • Ezgi Tülü
    Jul 19, 2018
    ?The women always get blamed. Have you noticed that? The wives are nags. The mistress is a bitch for betraying the sisterhood. And the men just fall through the cracks in between. We expect so little from our boys, don?t we, Grace?? ...
  • The Serendipity Aegis ~ ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    May 13, 2018
    A retelling of Anderson's fairy tale. A feminist one. An awesome one. It was good to read about the merpeople kingdom. As for the world-building? 'Rusalka' is a 'mermaid' in Russian. Why the author thought them ferocious or anything, beats me. Obviously, yet another author became ...
  • Roz
    May 03, 2018
    That cover!! ...
  • Chloe ✨
    Jun 14, 2018
    Trigger warning: sexual assault I will talk about this more on my channel, but some quick thoughts: I was really excited for this. I mean, a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid? Yes please!! But unfortunately I was disappointed. The only things I really loved were Ceto (Sea Witc...
  • C.G. Drews
    Feb 15, 2018
    Wow so in other news this book would like to say hello, and then follow up with "men are trash" and like, where is the lie? Also the second thing that is very important to note is: THAT COVER. This was 50% a cover buy and 50% I liked Only Ever Yours by this author. That was a really di...
  • Es Summer
    Jun 04, 2018
    "They estimate the beauty of each passing girl. Listing pros and cons to their friends as if it is their decision to make, that the girl's beauty will be determined by their opinions rather than objective fact, because they are men and a man's word is final. The girls, knowing the me...
  • Toni Davis
    Mar 02, 2018
    Honestly I didn't like this book at all. I try not to score low hut I've been generous giving a 3. I got a proof of this book and the cover is georgous however for me the story was contrived and the feminism was to angery to understand feminism isn't about bashing men. It about underst...
  • milou ✨
    May 08, 2018
    "We are women. And women are warriors, after all." This story is a retelling of the famous The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and therefore this book is anything but the happy and soppy Disney movie that everyone knows and has grown up with. Therefore the story is ...
  • maria ☽
    May 13, 2018
    DNF @ 15% yeah... not for me, after only 2 chapters... 1. sister hate, i'm not about that life 2. the main character saying "if you keep behaving like that no man will want you" or some bullshit like that 3. her FATHER, the sea king "If Muirgen were not my daughter, perhaps I wou...
  • Sana
    Feb 18, 2018
    the cover of this book reminds me of the art from Leigh Bardugo's The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic. also, a YA feminist fantasy, we're all blessed ?? ...
  • Katie.dorny
    Jun 10, 2018
    Everyone oversold me on the feminist part of this story. Don?t read further on if you don?t like ranting. Gaia spends most of her time pinning after the main boy who ends up being an ass. Her inner monologue is recognising the boy is a stranger - but her must be perfect because s...
  • Gabriela Pop
    Apr 03, 2018
    CW: fatshaming,homophobia,mentions of suicide,domestic violence,sexual harassment Disclaimer: I have read and loved all of Louise?s previous work and I love her newspaper pieces but this one just wasn?t for me and that?s that,so don?t come at me,please. For once,I quite ...
  • Farren
    May 06, 2018
    Not even going to pretend I'm adding this to my TBR for any reason other than that beautiful cover ...
  • Kristen
    May 26, 2018
    I will flay the skin from the bones of men like my father. I will tear them apart and I will eat them raw. Oh, I will set them on fire and devour their ashes whole... I will have my vengeance. Oh, this book got me all riled up now. I'm ready to kick some ass and take some names. ...
  • Kai
    Feb 26, 2018
    ?We are women. And women are warriors, after all.? A feminist retelling of the Little Mermaid I repeat A FEMINIST RETELLING OF THE LITTLE MERMAID You remember sweet little Arielle, combing her hair, loved by her family, singing with the fish? Yeah, scratch that. This is n...
  • Rissa
    Jun 14, 2018
    The surface breaks ? Star reasoning ?the exterior is gorgeous so that deserves a star right there ?the relationship between the sisters was golden ?an interesting twist on the little mermaid. Loved the little bits of treasures and beautiful writing. -2 The story was s...
  • Jess ☕️
    May 07, 2018
    ?Something hardens inside me, and I allow it to happen. Nay, I welcome it. I will be hard. I will be made of ice.? Holy shit. Disney?s The Little Mermaid was my fav as a kid so naturally this sparked my interest, as I?d never really gone much further than the Disney films ...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Jun 02, 2018
    A retelling of the Little mermaid. What to expect: - a patriarchal under water kingdom ruled by the Sea King - HIGHLY ENGAGING plot - plight of women in a partriarchal world - being wed without their permission, being called unnatural, being forced to behave, being cast out as r...
  • Krissysch
    Jul 17, 2018
    Dieses Buch ist eine Nacherzhlung von Andersens Kleiner Meerjungfrau, allerdings wunderbar dster. Die Protagonistin Gaia fand ich super, denn im Gegensatz zu ihren Schwestern beginnt sie, die Regierung ihres Vaters und den Stand der weiblichen Meermenschen zu hinterfragen. Auch die...
  • Minni Mouse
    May 10, 2018
    Unpopular opinion coming against what's being popularly hailed as a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid. I guess that means I need to stay in the kitchen and make my man a sandwich because 2.5 stars due to the amount of social political themes slapping me in the face that ruined t...
  • Denise Bücherwunderland
    Jun 23, 2018
    3.5 Sterne ? denke ich ? The Surface Breaks war ein absoluter Coverkauf ?. Nachdem sich auch der Inhalt toll angehrt hat, musste ich es natrlich auch gleich lesen ?. Aktuell wei ich aber noch nicht was ich von dem Buch halten soll ?. Es handelt sich um ein e...
  • María
    Feb 11, 2018
    Have you seen this cover? I just want it to be in my bookshelf beautifying it, all I want is to look at it and plus, a retelling of the Little Mermaid with feminism? Yes, please and thank you. ...
  • Mavence [semi hiatus]
    May 23, 2018
    Again, these types of books have thwarted my initial impressions. I never really expected much from this one, to be honest, yet it had completely stumped my meager expectations to no end. ?There was no one there to hear them scream 'no'. Or maybe there was; but that 'no' wasn?t ...
  • hannah ✧/ᐠ-ꞈ-ᐟ\ (on hiatus)
    Aug 04, 2017
    how did I miss the cover release AND the publication?? ____ I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE NOW i want this book to destroy me ...
  • Katie (Melting Pages)
    Jun 03, 2018
    I ended up DNFing this book at about 82%, so I feel like I know what it was that I did not like about this book and I feel confident in my rating. The synopsis of this book says that it is ?reimagined through a searing feminist lens? and I do not agree with that at all. To me wh...
  • The Book Valkyrie
    Sep 04, 2018
    Well that was a disappointment. Not only was this book slow, boring, and not in the least bit originative, it was problematic and lacking of character development. Which is surprising because this book?s brief blurb makes it seem like the exact thing a fantasy loving feminist would w...
  • Miriam
    May 08, 2018
    A book by Louise O'Neill? A fairytale retelling? Feminist? This should have been everything I wanted. But it wasn't. I read Almost Love when it came out and I can't help but wonder if maybe writing the two booms at the same time damaged this one. I had my issues with Almost Lov...