Salted by Aaron Galvin

Selkies and mermaids abound in this contemporary fantasy targeted at the Young Adult market.

The story begins with Lenny, a teenage slave under the sea, being tasked with capturing a notorious runaway slave. With his crew of teens, he travels America trying to catch the runaway. Meanwhile, ordinary American teen Garret has to deal with bullying and turning into a whale.

The writing is very readable throughout and the editing good with only a few noticeable errors.

There is much to like here, but the story struggles with too many characters and plot threads, most of which are not resolved at the end. It’s also rather a shame a story about selkies takes place almost entirely on dry land.

Includes violence, scenes of bullying and references to sexual and physical abuse.

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