Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Waves by Jen Minkman (The Island, #2)

The Waves
by Jen Minkman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Island, Book 2
Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Publisher: Jen Minkman
Genre: YA Dystopian Fantasy/Dark Fantasy
Page Count: 174
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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!

My Review:
The Waves (The Island, #2)What lies beyond the wall? The answer to that question is in The Waves, book two in The Island Series, by Jen Minkman. Meet Walt, the boy Leia found in book one, The Island. told from his perspective, on the other side of the wall, in Hope Harbor, where its citizens believe a powerful being will come for them and until then, all is good, almost too good. Walt is restless, he wants to explore the world he has never seen, and with his cousin Yorrick, they were to take they future into their own hands and create their own destiny. What happened next will forever change Walt as he alone meets Leia and sees her world, so near physically, yet light years apart in their way of life. Is power destined to create corruption if it is not tempered with integrity and knowledge? Can two worlds so different find a common ground?

Once again, Jen Minkman colors her world with bold and dark strokes, filled it with shady characters and defining the main character crisply. Is there a message in her words? I believe her style of writing allows the reader to add on mentally and draw their own conclusions, while still enjoying this detailed, yet short read. Definitely put this on your Dystopian “to read list!”

I received a review copy as part of The Island and The Waves Book Tour stopping at Tome Tender November 29, 2013.

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