Darren Chan Chan din Siwanirural, Haryana, India
Emily locuiește pe o barcă de casă cu mama ei, deși nu a înotat niciodată și nu a făcut niciodată baie (hmm), iar mama ei nu vorbește niciodată despre tatăl ei. În timp ce ia lecții de înot pentru prima dată în școală, Emily își simte picioarele înțepenindu-se. Știa puțin, este o sirenă! Sau mai degrabă, pe jumătate umană, pe jumătate sirenă, aceasta din urmă apărând când este scufundată în apă. Această descoperire duce la o aventură o duce pe Emily într-o lume cu totul nouă sub apă, unde întâlnește noi prieteni și află adevărul despre începuturile și părinții ei. Aceasta a fost o poveste drăguță! Părțile de început au fost puțin lente, dar odată ce Emily a intrat în morfing într-o sirenă, povestea se ridică și devine interesantă, deși am întrebări logistice despre a deveni o sirenă de la om. (Deci ... poartă un costum de baie și fundul tocmai se dezintegrează?) Dar aceasta a fost o poveste minunată și amuzantă pentru iubitorii de fantezie (poate cărțile de zână?)
The story was very well-written, but I found some of the basic assumptions that were required to make the plotline work dubious at best. If there were that many parallel universes involved, and tiny, but noticable differences appeared just from one to the next, it seems to me that there would be much more noticable, much more significant changes by the time you got to universe 2410. Therefore, the various "Janeways", "Chakotays", etc, would come up with much more varied responses than these did; they were so identical that they made the same decisions in every single case. Surely in some cases, there would have been an away team sent to the planet, and in other cases, not. In some cases, the away team would have varied just a tad, it wouldn't necessarily have icluded the same four people every time; maybe sometimes, Janeway would have gone herself, rather than send Chakotay. In others, maybe Paris would have been busy with other things, or would have been a touch under the weather. Maybe in some cases, Tuvok would have been sent instead of Kes. There are plenty of variables in such a decision; there's no reason to think that the same decision would be made in every single parallel universe. Certainly, when the situation was different, different decisions might be made, so we might have had different (or non-existent) away teams when there was a populated planet, and when there was a ghost planet. I also find it somewhat dubious, for the same reason, that in every single universe, they came up with the same solution. Maybe there wasn't a better solution available, but surely, in some cases, they would have failed to come up with that solution, and offered less-workable solutions. At the very least, in a parallel universe that differed so much from ours that in it, a planet that existed in our universe is rubble in the other, there might be more noticable differences, and in those realities even farther away than that (on the other side of that one) differences would begin to rapidly accumulate. As I say, the story was well-written, the concept interesting if dubious, the characterizations well-handled. I just have difficulty suspending disbelief sufficiently to swallow the basic plot concept.
Funny, quick read.