Saturday, December 7, 2013

Review: The Waves by Jen Minkman

Title: The Waves
Author: Jen Minkman
Series: The Island series book 2
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Walt lives in Hope Harbor, where they believe that Annabelle, their goddess, would come back for them to bring them salvation. They've waited patiently for the goddess, building ships and going to temples everyday. They are also taught to fear the Unbelievers beyond the wall. 

Walt has been questioning his faith. He believes that he is becoming an Unbeliever. After the death of his friend, it seems that not everything that they are taught is true, about Annabelle & the Unbelievers. It is up to Walt to find the truth and give himself peace & happiness. 

This novella is technically a mirror plot to the first novella. When the first book was about Leia, this one is about Walt. The first half of the book is basically about Hope Harbor and their belief while the second half is about Leia. Nothing much changed, really. You just get some insights about how Walt's people live and how he thinks.

I think this book is way better than the first one. First of all, the plot was way better than the Star Wars thing. I like this because it somehow reflects our religion & society, where corruption is present. How the head of churches use their powers to their advantage. How some believe blindly without really knowing about their religion first. Second, I think this book is well written. I think the lines were less cheesy or corny and the plot was smooth flowing. The story didn't really jump from one stone to another. You could see the improvement in both content and writing skill.

On the other hand, in the first book, there was no character improvement but now there are some changes and improvements in Walt. You could see how he struggled with himself and found the answer he was looking for.

I still think that the series is fine but you just get tired of reading the other novella, when you've read the first one. If you're really interested in Walt, this is the book for you.

I would still like to thank Jen Minkman for providing me a copy for this review.

Rating: 3.5 (This is way better than the first one but I just can't give it a 4)

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