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Mers, a YA Mermaid Dystopia (Mer Chronicles Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Ami Blackwelder
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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“Ami Blackwelder is a Romantic Suspense author with a Unique Social Voice and Unpredictable Plots.”

Book 1 in the Mer Chronicles:

75,000 words.

If you enjoyed this book, try The Gate of Lake Forest also by Ami Blackwelder

The Mers:
What lies beneath the surface?
One hundred years from now the world has
changed and brought with it new forms of life.
Who are the Mers? Who is Mira?

“I am not a Mer,” A simple but profound statement that changes Mira’s life forever. She always knew she was different. She never quite fit in with the Mers. However, when her quest to understand her past leads her across the border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thinks the journey to find out who she really is will be an easy one.

But, in Jersey she finds more questions than answers. The “Garden State” has become a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them, finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her traveling companion is a Mer willing to fight to the death.


"The Mers is not quite the type of novel I usually read. I'm not a big fan of the fantasy genre but I DO love a good dystopian story! And Mers delivered on that! This novel does Dystopian lit well. It's also a coming of age novel with some romance. It's one of the most unique YA novels I have ever read. I look forward to reading the sequels." -Tzipora @Goodreads

"Oh my...this was truly an interesting read for me. It's my first mermaid dystopian and I really enjoyed every single page of this book." -Ananda @Goodreads

"The Mers was a very interesting and exciting novel! It combines two of my very favorite genres and blends them into an enchanting story. Ami Blackwelder writes a mermaid dystopian that is a combination of action and romance that is extremely fast-paced from the very first page and never stops until the end." -Destiny @Goodreads

"Gripping and Brilliant!…I honestly liked it. It was different!" -Diary of a Cambridge Student

"I finished "The Mers", and I loved it….The characters are complex …I want to know more!  LOVE IT! LOVE IT!" -Charla VandeBerg (Raymond B. Stewart Middle)

Other Books by Ami Blackwelder:
The Mers
She Speaks to Angels
The Day the Flowers Died

The Invasion of 2020
The SCM of 2030
The Shifters of 2040
The Hybrids of 2050
The Hunted of 2060
The Revolution of 2060

The Gate of Lake forest
Prisoners of Pride

Product Details

  • File Size: 2075 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing (December 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z327OE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mermaids of the future. November 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
First the good... Great premise! Kudos to Ami Blackwelder for the idea. This is a dystopian future that I've never thought of, much less read about. I thought the author did a great job thinking this world up along with the strife and tension between the "races" in the different areas of it. The "Aristos", the "Mers", the "Commoners", the "Magi"s" and all the rest were very well imagined. And the horror of the callous treatment of the Mers was so well done in it's offhand "this is just the way it is" manner that it really made my spine tingle! This book was a great start at fleshing out this future world.
Now the bad. I had a terrible time with the characters. They just never made me care about them because they just seemed so shallow and two dimensional. I got really tired of Mira "smirking" at people for one thing. I also don't think it's necessary to spell out everything the characters are thinking and feeling. Leave some of it unsaid, so the reader can use their imagination.
I understand that publishing to an e-reader is different and maybe more complicated than regular publishing (?), but I really think it's important to make sure you are using words correctly in your work. If one of your characters is "peeking" at something don't spell it "peaking". "Revealing" shouldn't be spelled "reveling". Maybe just spellcheck errors? I don't know but they were little things that distracted me from the storyline and decreased my enjoyment of it.
All in all, I loved the story premise and plot and the possibilities they contained, but I was disappointed in the finished product.
I received a free copy of this book in order to review it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Merfolk Tale April 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of The Mers to review.

The Mers was an interesting take on a story about mers and humans, set in the future after global warming has caused the Earth to become a "waterworld" with very little land. Mers are isolated in their own section of the scarce, dry land, and the humans are in another area. Under rules of their agreement after the war, neither group is to cross the borders.

Mira, the main character, is curious about her past - she is not like the other Mer folk. She plans a journey to cross the border into human territory to find out about her true family. This story tells about her life in the Mer village as well as her journey of enlightenment.

I enjoyed reading the story and found it quite inventive. My copy had a few errors, but I had no trouble following the story. I think this might be a problem with a lot of Kindle books.

I look forward to reading the next installments in this trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! October 27, 2012
By Mandy
Format:Kindle Edition
I received Mers from the author Ami Blackwelder in return for a honest review from a giveaway on Librarything. The book is set 100 years in the future,over that time the earth has changed dramatically, causing humans to adapt to survive. Humans took to the water growing webbed feet and hands, gaining the ability to breath and swim under the water, these people are now called Mer. Mira isn't a mer, but she grew up among the mers even raised by mer parents. However Mira has always wondered who where she comes from because she's the only one of her kind living on Liberty Island.

Mira decides to set out for the human colony even though they are forbidden to venture there she still has to know even if it means leaving the mer she loves. Nerin knows Mira maybe better then herself and he knows she's up to something but he's not going to let her go alone, so he goes with her, his little sister tags along with them. The trio journey to Jersey to find out who Mira really is. Since Nerin and Nerissa both have webbed feet and don't look like humans because they have adapted to the water it's up to Mira to explore the colony.

While exploring the city Mira learns that Mers are treated like more like slaves while the royals rule the city. She meets Ethan the son of the king and instantly form a connection with him, wanting to learn more about the humans. However the more she learns the less and less she likes about the royals, they see the mers as nothing more then a product that they can use like wigs, skin cream, and they are hunted by pirates.

I was super excited to win Mers because I've recently gotten hooked on mermaid books. I found the concept unique and fascinating, I had a hard time putting it down to do real life stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it October 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really, really absolutely enjoyed this book! It says book one.. I sure hope there are more to this series..I'd like to know I'd Edith puts her son Ethan into the same controlled puppet role his father had over him.... And did king poseidon really die?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Dystopia! September 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book through the Member giveaways program in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the book! Reminded me of the movie Waterworld, but much better! I liked the descriptions and the realism of the characters. I am looking forward to book #2!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Unique Story! August 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I honestly think I have read only one Dystopian book and a handful with mermaids in them but not as a main character. What I found intriguing with this book was the unique world building this author created. We have the Mers who hate humans, humans who hate the Mers then there are several types of humans, Aristos, Commoners(who are really low on the totem pole), Magi's and even Pirates. The fact all of this takes place in or around Jersey makes me smile.

Mira, who all her life has lived as Mer but was different and wanted to know why, so she sets out for where she isn't allowed to go, due to a truce called between the Humans and the Mers. Her boyfriend and his little sister tag along. But she ends up more confused than ever until she finally finds out the truth.

The book started off a bit slow but soon picked up once they were in Jersey. Then it was non stop action with a touch of sweet romance. It also had a couple surprising moments that I didn't see coming. I do have to say though the ending I was a bit confused about not so much for the story as to where and how Ethan is going to be in the future. I know she was setting up for the next installment, I just I don't know if he is going to be good or bad. I surely hope its not the latter. I really liked him.

Overall this book was far different than I been reading and I did enjoy it. I am looking forward to see what the next book has to offer. Would I recommend yes, if you love YA Paranormal with a Dystopian twist then this book is for you.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a good copy edit
The grammar gaffes and occasionally tortured sentence structures were distracting.

I shouldn't have been reading this story. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard E. Walton, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Graet Dystopian Mermaid Story
One hundred years into the future, after a great flood, humans started getting strange adaptations. Some started developing gills and webbed fingers. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It inspired me to think more about situations that were difficult like when your parents want you to do something. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars I adore this story!
There is something about The Mers by Ami Blackwelder that is enchanting. The uniqueness of the story and the way that this race as well as the human race is written draws you in. Read more
Published on January 25, 2013 by BailsChris
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written!
I received my copy of this book from the author, for review. I absolutely loved this book! Beautifully vivid and rich detail engulf the reader and take them on a journey to a... Read more
Published on October 29, 2012 by Allie
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and adventurous dystopian romance
Article first published as Book Review:The Mers by Ami Blackwelder on Blogcritics.

Knowing who you are and believing in yourself are what most believe create that inner... Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by TicToc
4.0 out of 5 stars Mermaids and Dystopia, My Kind of Book!
The Mers by Ami Blackwelder was a book full of good ideas, great storyline, and wonderful characters. The characters were well developed. Read more
Published on July 14, 2012 by darswords
5.0 out of 5 stars mers
I have this book and then it a great book the cove is different form the one shown but here is story that a lot will like and then if you believe in merman or mermaid you... Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by desi reilly
3.0 out of 5 stars A Young Adult/Dystopian Story
This is basically the story of 17 year old Mira. She has been raised by Mers but she knows that she is not a Mer and her instincts tell her to cross the border into human... Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by A. Harris
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More About the Author

Ami Blackwelder is a Paranormal and SciFi writer. Angels, Mers, Elves, Shifters, Vampires, Zombies. She also has some poetry and short stories.

Pen names: Rebecca May (historical/contemporary)
M. Black (Dystopia/Thrillers)

"Ami Blackwelder is an author with a Unique Voice and Unpredictable Plots."

Part Irish, part Swiss and part English Ami Blackwelder loves to read and write in her spare time at her townhouse in Orlando, Fl. Close to where she graduated UCF with a BA in English where she won Best Fiction 1997 for From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return. After university, she travelled while teaching English for eight years in various countries. Later she returned to school for her Montessori Degree and teaches when not writing. She has been published in various magazines and newspapers such as Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts, Twisted Dreams, AIM Korean Magazine, and Pattaya Today newspaper in Thailand. Taj Mahal Review magazine, Hope Ocean shorts collection, Harvests of New Millennium magazine, and several issues of Poetic Monthly magazine.

She believes in animal rights and supports and

Her motto: They Defeat Those Who Believe They Can.

Come visit me.

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