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!
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Excellent YA story living after the Apocalypse
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!
Great dystopian novel
- Danielle Bennett