THE END OF THE OCEAN REVIEW
Characters & their development: 2
Personal enjoyment: 2
-One or two characters
-the second POV
-the lack of tying together between the two plots
In 2019, seventy-year-old Signe sets out on a hazardous voyage to cross an entire ocean in only a sailboat. She is haunted by the loss of the love of her life, and is driven by a singular and all-consuming mission to make it back to him.
In 2041, David flees with his young daughter, Lou, from a war-torn Southern Europe plagued by drought. They have been separated from their rest of their family and are on a desperate search to reunite with them once again, when they find Signe’s abandoned sailboat in a parched French garden, miles away from the nearest shore.
As David and Lou discover personal effects from Signe’s travels, their journey of survival and hope weaves together with Signe’s, forming a heartbreaking, inspiring story about the power of nature and the human spirit.
I’ve heard only good things about this Author, her previous novel THE HISTORY OF BEES is widely acclaimed. However I have to say, this book was really not for me.
We follow two different main characters in different times, we watch them travel over Europe and then slowly see their lives get tied together. We watch them deal with the effects of Climate Change and politics. It is a dystopian novel that hits hard when you think about the way the world is right now.
First of all, I enjoyed David & Lou’s story. I felt for them, and I wanted to know why they were searching for his wife. I enjoyed Lou, and while David frustrated me to no end, he felt human. I had my irks with this plot and story telling but overall, this one would have gotten a 3 star if it was on it’s own.
However, I had no interest in Signes story. She bothered me in the way she talked and how we saw her childhood constantly. She was stuck in her past and reliving stupid things, to only turn around and do something completely out of character at the end. Her character felt underdeveloped and like she was just there to bulk up the story.
Add to this my two biggest qualms and you can see why I disliked this novel. There is a object so to say, that ties the two plots together. I found the choice of the object and how it was done, to be very weak and cheap. It felt like no effort or thought had been put in, and I wished that the author had tried a little harder to weave the stories together. Secondly, there was an absurd amount of children seeing their parents or adults having sex, and that is just bloody gross. I don’t have an interest in smut, but I will ignore it normally in a book. But this was two pages worth and honestly made me feel gross.
The only redeeming quality of this novel, was Davids story and even that was lacking in a lot of areas. I think this was trying to do something amazing regarding the environment as it is today, but it just failed in every other aspect.