Powerful look at what our future may hold


The End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde

Book Review:  5 out of 5 star rating

This book is set in two different timelines.  In 2019, 70-year-old Signe has spent her life as an activist on environmental issues.  A majestic glacier is now being mined for its ice to be sent to the rich to put in their drinks.  Signe performs an act of courage and takes off to the sea, on her way to confront the love of her life whom she hasn’t seen since she was a young girl.  She has precious cargo on board.

In 2041, David and his little girl, Lou, have fled a terrible fire.  They’ve been separated from David’s wife and baby son and are trying to find them.  Europe is in the midst of a terrible drought and there is little water to be found.  David and Lou find an old sailboat and dream of setting off to sea.  However, their connection to the past doesn’t end with the finding of the boat.

I was held in this novel’s grip from the first word to the last.  I cared deeply about each of these characters and the different worlds they found themselves living in.  The book is very well written and the story is profound and heart wrenching.  I well remember this author’s first novel, “The History of Bees”, and knew I would also love her newest.  I pray that Ms.  Lunde’s words will reach the hearts of its readers and will make a difference in our future.  This is the second book in a quartet of novels that Ms. Lunde is writing about the environment and I’m very much looking forward to the next one.

Most highly recommended.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.