The Aqua Human by J. Elizaga
A teenager in the Pacific during World War II, evades capture by escaping to sea. She survives a tragedy and discovers new physical abilities underwater. Alone, she grapples to survive on land. But under the sea, she finds friendship from the most intelligent marine creatures. Over the decades, Amaya searches for the answer about her mysterious transformation while hiding her secret. But her secret may have finally been captured on film.
New Adult • Historical Fiction/Cultural Heritage • Fantasy/Magical Realism • Fantasy/Mythic, Retelling, and Folklore • Fantasy/Dark • Diversity Representation/BIPOC/Own Voices
Content Warning: Rape, Military brutality, War crimes
Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Characters: Roles are clear
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Matches the story well
A teenage woman from a sleepy village in The Phillippines has her life changed forever when the village is occupied by Japanese War World II troops. Her father sacrifices his life in a gut-wrenching scene to shove her in the water... where she discovers her dormant superpowers...
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