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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!
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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.