Beautiful and Poignant- The Waves by Jen Minkman

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.”the waves

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!

This book has been much anticipated. I loved the first book of the series, ‘The Island’. Read my review here!

The book begins with Walt trying to come to terms with his life. His grandpa wants him to have a certain set of beliefs which he isn’t sure he endorses. He is curious about his origins and questions why the townspeople believe what they do.

When Walt’s cousin springs a plan to question the elders and their beliefs, he is killed in a freak accident. Only Walt knows otherwise.

After his grandpa’s death, Walt finds himself discovering mysteries and questions.

When he meets someone from the other side, or the Unbelievers side, his life changes.

Follow Walt’s journey in this incredible sequel to the dynamic masterpiece, The Island,

I LOVED THE COVER!! It just makes me want to buy the book and read it ASAP!!

In contrast to the first book, the Waves are more slowly put out as Walt finds himself unbelieving everything he grew up with. He meets one of the Fools and finds himself interested in their thinking. When he finds Leia in trouble and discovers something that will threaten all their beliefs, he takes the step of setting sail with Leia to quell the problems over to the other side of Tresco.

What I loved about the book

1. The Fact that Beliefs need not stay the same:

What I’ve observed is that, although time moves on, beliefs still stay the same. While being an Indian, belief is the core of my tradition but there are so many outdated beliefs which need to be modernised and let go. The strength to change beliefs which do not apply anymore and the courage to take the step to make that change is HUGE. Walt symbolised that to me.

I feel if everyone could take this small step of bringing about a more harmonious way of life, then international relations would be so much more better than what they are currently.

2. The Fact that you should Nurture your thoughts even if the world thinks otherwise

Walt was trained to think that Annabelle and the ship will come some time in the future. His whole community waited in anticipation of it. Walt wanted to explore outer waters, what other people had not experienced before. He nurtured that dream and took steps towards it.

I think many of us are unhappy with our lives because we crush many many of our dreams left, right and centre. This over time builds to a lot of guilt and feeling that life could have been much better than what it was.

3. Hope brings us the boost we need to live life

This world is a mass of negativity, and nobody is going to help you survive. It is something you must learn for yourself. Fending for yourself is always helped knowing that there is Hope. This series is about 2 people who had a hope of something better and different.

It took me a little longer to read this and fully understand. While I love the Island a little more, being a first born of a series, the Waves gives you a lot of fodder to chew on as well. And not to mention Jen is at her classic best in this series.

My rating: 4/5


This book is something that will make you think and wonder too!!

Pick it UP IMMEDIATELY if you’ve read the Island. It is advisable to read the first book but this can be read as a standalone

Look out for Jen’s clear and impactful writing.


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