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 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.

Title:The Surface Breaks
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781407185538
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About Louise O'Neill

Louise O' Neill is from Clonakilty, in west Cork. After graduating with a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, she went on to complete a post-grad in Fashion Buying at DIT. Having spent a year in New York working for Kate Lanphear, the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine, she returned home to Ireland to write her first novel.


    The Surface Breaks Reviews

  • Kai

    A feminist retelling of the Little Mermaid I repeat A FEMINIST RETELLING OF THE LITTLE MERMAIDand have you seen this cover?GIVE IT TO ME...

  • Emer

    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 ...

  • Katie.dorny

    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 ...

  • ?Misericordia?  ????

    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 t...

  • milou ??

    "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 ...

  • Minni Mouse

    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 st...

  • Sana

    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 😤😤...

  • Resh (The Book Satchel)

    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 per...

  • Scrill

    Retelling of The Little Mermaid with a dash of feminism? Yes please!ALSO, that cover is gorgeous!!...

  • Es Summer

    "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 obj...