'The world is never-ending.
I never realized just how much space there is - how far and wide the water around our island stretches out. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I may have believed that a second Wall ran around Tresco, containing the infinite waters so we wouldn't all wash over the edge and plummet down into the depths.'
Leia and Walt are on their way to the Other Side, where the legendary land of Cornwall awaits them. Tony, their new friend, has told them that all wars of the past have been forgotten and the citizens of Bodmin and Dartmoor live in peace. People adhere to the tenets of an old religion that preaches forgiveness and non-violence.
However, Walt and Leia soon discover that even a peace-loving, ideal society like this one may have its flaws. While on a forbidden trip to Exeter, the old city of their ancestors, the two Islanders discover more about the new world than they ever bargained for.
Secrets run dark and passions run deep in this thrilling conclusion to the Island novella series.
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Fantastic Conclusion to Post-Apocalypse Trilogy!
The Deep: The Island Series, Book 3 is another excellent story by Jen Minkman. The Deep begins where The Waves left off, with Leia and Walt sailing across the bay to the new world with about 20 other islanders. Keep in mind that we are 150 years after the Apocalypse where most of the known world died from biological warfare. When they first arrive in the brave new world, the citizens appear nice and welcoming. But soon Walt and Leia realize how drastically different the society is by observing one citizen put to death by lethal injection for a minor infraction without the benefit of a trial, or even the opportunity for explanation. When Walt and Leia soon decide to return home, they are prohibited from leaving and instead are subjected to terrible experiments.
While Leia is exploring the new world, Alyssa is helping the citizens of Hope Harbour deal with the reunification of the Island. There is a group of religious fanatics wrecking havoc on the island and destroying all attempts to bring the islanders together. Alyssa does a great job facilitating and bringing the two sides of the together. She befriends Ben and finds him a job and home, and then meets his brother Saul (the former leader of the manor) and quickly brings him back into society after his self imposed isolation.
I feel this trilogy went full circle, leaving no loose ends. The Deep is filled with several sympathetic and believable characters and it packs an emotional punch. It has joy, excitement, attraction, apprehension, fear, affection, betrayal, love, sacrifice, sadness and grief. What more could a reader ask for in an audio book?