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!
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 174 pages (Paperback)
Source: Review Copy
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: October 4th 2013 by Jen Minkman
A few months ago I was asked to review the first book in The Island series and I really enjoyed it so when I was approached by her to read this one I knew I just couldn't say no. Jen is one of my favourite self published authors and every book I read by her is a unique experience in it's own right.
I liked reading The Waves because unlike The Island this one was from Walt's point of view and ever since I read The Island I've been really curious about him since that one was mostly Leia's story, plus I wanted to learn more about how their two cultures took different paths over the generations.
This one was everything that The Island was and I'm really glad I was able to fit in into my reading schedule this weekend. The thing about the books is that I liked seeing that both cultures were lacking and they both had negative thoughts towards each other but I enjoyed the fact that with some things each side differed on and others they agreed on (though that list is far smaller).
The main reason I liked this installment though is because we also got to see Walt and Leia together which is what I was looking for in the last novella so I was pleased to see that while she wasn't the focus of this one she was still in it.
Overall, this one was just as good as the first novella, but even more intriguing. I love how unique the plot is and the Star Wars theme is wonderfully unique without being campy Jen pulls off another successful novel with the grace and ease I've come to expect from her. The writing was fast paced and addictive and I managed to read this one in one sitting just like the last one. I've learned that anytime I review her books I better settle in because chances are I'm going to be glued to the book from beginning to end. I can't wait to read another story by Jen and I'm hoping she's got something in the works for her die hard fans like myself who hate waiting.
I would recommend this novella to fans of the first novella in this series The Island, as well as fans of her Shadow of Time novel. If you've yet to read anything by Jen Minkman yet I highly suggest giving the first book in this unique Star Wars inspired dystopian series a try as soon as possible.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
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