The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together.
I'm sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon. "Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck with open arms, inviting us all to join her on board."
"Why don't we sail to her ourselves?" I want to know.
"Because she promised she would come," granddad replies. "And in that promise we trust. It's only the Unbelievers who think they can do everything themselves. They have no faith in the Goddess."
Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community that has put its trust in salvation from across the sea. The townspeople wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple every week. Horror stories to scare their children are told about the Unbelievers on the other side of Tresco.
But not all is what it seems. Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend and cousin Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the origins of Hope Harbor's society...and the secrets of the temple.
Return to the world of The Island and discover what Walt's life was like before and after he met Leia!
©2014 Jen Minkman (P)2014 Jen Minkman
When I started to read The Waves, the follow up to The Island, I thought I must not remember the first book as well as I thought I did. Rather than starting where the first story ended, it reads like a completely different story. Like with her previous book, Jen Minkman does a fantastic job writing a very unique story, with very sympathetic and believable characters.
In The Waves, the story focuses on Walt and a group of survivors who are stranded on a relatively secluded island after the Apocalypse - on the other side of the wall featured in The Island. Walt lives in Hope Harbor, where its citizens believe that the goddess Annabelle will come for them. However, Walt and his cousin Yorrick believe there is more to life beyond their own little island. The rest of the story focuses on what happens when the boys start to explore their faith and question the stories handed down to them by their ancestors.
Matthew Mickenberg did an excellent job narrating. He provided different voices for the various characters, and the young boys and adults are denoted by deeper tones.
I’d listen to another audio book written by Jen Minkman, well as one narrated by Matthew Mickenberg, any time. Well done!
2 different dystopian societies living only one wall apart separated culturally by a couple hundred years of superstitions and myth growing out of misinterpretation of a single historical origin. Simply fascinating.
It would have to be the combination of the author's writing and the narrator's reading. Both were awesome.
The way the author was able to tie the story in to the first book in the series.
All characters were performed very well.
Can't wait for book 3
When he met Lia loved seeing the meeting from his point of view
Really enjoyed how he performed the story and made it his
Loved how it was it's on story but fit with book one
As sequels go this wasn't, it was more of the other side of the coin in the original story. This book takes the same time frame as The Island and tells it from Walt's point of view. You get a fuller understanding of his side of the wall and how the divide really happened.
I really enjoyed this and was intrigued by the differences in two groups that came from the same place. It is fascinating to see how each group evolved and then what happens when they are brought back together.
This is more of about the two groups than the romance. Sure you get the idea Walt and Leia like each other but there is so much more going on than that.
Even though I knew how it would end, I still found the story intriguing and surprising! It flowed beautifully and so many gaps were filled in with this book. I do wish it had more forward movement in the plot but I am sure that is to come in the next book.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Matthew Mickenberg, who is terrific. He has a rich tone that carries over into the story and moves things along at a steady pace. The voices were distinct and consistent throughout the read. I would love to hear more of his narrations!
This was a great second look at the original story and I hope the next book takes us past the end of the two books. I am curious to know what is out there and how Leia and Walt will react to the changes in their environments.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review all thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
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