★ Starred review from Foreword Reviews:
"On Fragile Waves is a masterful and poetic novel about finding hope and joy in the most dire circumstances."
★ Starred review from Library Journal:
"Essential fiction to understand our world; Yu will draw in new fans while continuing to intrigue those who have read her for years."
★ Starred review from Booklist:
"On Fragile Waves is a lyrical fabulist novel that will enchant readers of both literary fiction and fantasy."
★ Starred review from Publishers Weekly:
"In flowing, lyrical prose, Yu showcases the power of folklore and the pain of displacement. This is a knockout."
Lightspeed Magazine interview, December 2020
Clarkesworld Magazine interview, January 2021
Los Angeles Review of Books:
"Disquieting....The book offers depictions of tenderness and the fierce love a family has for one another....Gorgeous."
"On Fragile Waves is densely inventive enough to leave us with the feeling that we've been through some sort of epic."
Washington Independent Book Review:
"On Fragile Waves foreshadows an innovative new direction in storytelling....The story is not soon forgotten."
New York Times Book Review:
"A tremendous and almost unbearable work of witness. It is devastating and perfect."