Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Exodus by Jen Minkman

by Jen Minkman

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Dutch Venture Publishing (May 9, 2016)
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Genre: Fantasy | Scifi
Print Length: 31 pages
Available from: Amazon

 "Time is old here.
Older than the cracked and scorched earth, older than the scraggly bushes and the dusty road that winds through the desert like a sluggish snake on its way toward the horizon wavering in the heat.
I no longer recall for how long I’ve been here, but I feel just like that snake – forever on my way toward a destination that’s just out of view. Only when I look up do I see what my heart longs for. The endlessly blue sky. My visions are blue. My eyes are hungry.
The cabin is on the edge of what must once have been a lake. When I step outside and stand on the verandah during the hottest time of day, the air is so hot that it turns everything blurry and wavy, filling the lake with something looking like water once more. Even though that mirage can’t quench my thirst for the blue.
The clock above the door is broken. Time isn’t just old here – it seems to not pass at all.
And yet I wait."

'Exodus' won second place in the Harland Awards (short fiction contest), a prestigious Dutch award for fantasy and sci-fi stories and novels. It is a story about the end of the world, a lonely teenager desperately trying to leave Earth before it's too late, and her search for redemption. The jury called Exodus a story containing 'a deep and beautiful message'.

Exodus by Jen Minkman

ExodusThe Earth is a shadow of itself, decimated by another world war and only the fortunate few are allowed passage to Mars while the masses will wait to die. Sarah waits for her aunt, a member of the government to retrieve her, because they have been afforded tickets on the last flight to Mars. The hellish heat continues for days as Sarah sits, always searching the dusty horizon for signs of life, for one person, her aunt.

Then it happens, a figure, alone is coming toward her, not a mirage and not her aunt, but a man who will show Sarah the truth of her past and of her future.

Always expect a thought-provoking and intense read when picking up one of Jen Minkman’s books. Exodus is a powerhouse of “moments.” Into these short pages is a tale that will captivate its reader from start to a finish one will NOT see coming, and yet, the clues were there…

I received this copy from Jen Minkman in exchange for my honest review.

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