the waves

The Waves by Jen Minkman

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

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 inquire wide-eyed.
“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!

General overview (no spoilers)

I enjoyed this much more than the first one in the series. There was much more to it and I felt a familiarity with some of the characters. There was not much mention of the Star Wars issue in this book which was a big plus for me. It is well worth the read, could probably be read as a stand alone book.

4 out of 5 stars

4 Stars - Pink

Step by step overview (spoilers)

0% – It’s from a different point of view than the first book, hopefully no star wars references this time. Looking forward to it.

10% – I am enjoying the story from Walt’s point of view. It is nice to find out about the way of life of the Fools. I am guessing we will soon find out what made him crossover the wall.

20% – Lots of secrets have been told. Where on earth did they get tobacco?

30% – I feel like I know where the story is going since I have read the first one but I am enjoying it. It has a lot more to offer than I thought it would.

40% – Slightly confused at the timeline, three years have passed and I did not even notice.

50% – Once inside the caves I am completely intrigued. I wonder who was there? Are we going to meet Henry soon? There are a lot of words that I doubt kids under ten would have known, so how do their descendents know them?

60% – Looks like we are finally getting to the part I know about. I really liked hearing about Walt’s past, lots to it.

70% – The same mistake that was made in the first book is made here to, it is like a sentence was missed out.

80% – I am enthralled by the story from the other side. It gives the story more depth. I keep looking out for bits I remember from the first book.

90% – I am pleased the stories were not overlapped. If something was mentioned in the first book and not necessary to mention in the second it wasn’t. Does not feel like I am reading the same story again.

100% – This story was much better than the first one for me. It was full of wonder and self-realisation. I am hoping she will write another one in the series. Possibly from Ben or Tony’s point of view.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Anyone who likes young adult, dystopian of light fantasy.

Until next time happy reading bookworms.