Article Title

The Siren


Jess Verzello


Significant Shortcomings, Young Adult, Kiera Cass, Romance, Sacrifice, Ocean, Sirens

Document Type

Book Review


It’s the 1950s and nineteen-year-old Kahlen finds herself the sole survivor of a cruise ship sinking in which thousands of people, including her entire family, have died. The Ocean has preserved her life in exchange for one hundred years of service as a Siren—charged with the task of feeding the Ocean souls and sustaining Her—and after which Kahlen will be given a new life. Kahlen accepts the Ocean’s offer and is transformed into a being of exquisite beauty, a deadly voice, and an indestructible body. She and her fellow Sirens are allowed to live amongst the humans but cannot use their voices for fear of sending such persons to a watery grave and revealing the secret of the Ocean. Eighty years in to her sentence, Kahlen finds herself in a terrifying situation: she is in love with a human boy, Akinli, and the Ocean will not allow it. Kahlen struggles between loyalties and love, sacrifice and survival in her pursuit to stay with the boy she cannot live without.