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I loved this book. it was hauntingly beautiful. The writings were so vivid I felt I was with her all the way. It was bleak the concept of having animals wiped out and yet almost believable. The dynamics of the characters and the development of them was beautiful. The will to survive by animals was so well described. the waves and the icebergs I could imagine the journey... The Terns so resilient gave me hope.
I loved this so much. Reading felt like being submerged underwater with all the intensity and beauty that that can afford - but still being able to breathe most of the time. There were moments when I needed to catch my breath - and put the book aside - but then it drew me back. The story sounds so sad and bleak but it is actually so joyous and illuminating - for too many reasons to list here. Take the plunge.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite much of the tale being totally implausible. The characters were intriguing and the writing was magical. It was a bit heavy on the climate change/extinction lecture but good food for thought re our and our animal species' futures. Well done Charlotte!
Franny Stone desperately wants to follow the Arctic terns on what is likely to be their last migration to Antarctica. The terns are teetering on the brink of extinction because of climate change. Franny managed to secure a berth on one of the last ships heading south from Greenland.
As we travel south, Franny’s story unfolds over different timelines. She is a restless soul, in search of answers, meaning and redemption. She is erratic and unpredictable, drawn to the sea. We will gradually learn what Franny is running from and what she is looking for.
‘My life has been a migration without a destination, and that in itself is senseless.’
I picked this novel up and became spellbound. I wanted to know more about Franny and her past, I wanted to understand the why and the what. This is a sad story, but it is so beautifully told that I could lose myself in some passages before being buffeted by others. Is it possible for Franny to find peace? Is it possible for the world to survive our depredations? I wonder.