Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Review: The Deep by Jen Minkman

The Deep (The Island #3)
‘The world is never-ending.
I never realized just how much space there is – how far and wide the water around our island stretches out. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I may have believed that a second Wall ran around Tresco, containing the infinite waters so we wouldn’t all wash over the edge and plummet down into the depths.’
Leia and Walt are on their way to the Other Side, where the legendary land of Cornwall awaits them. Tony, their new friend, has told them that all wars of the past have been forgotten and the citizens of Bodmin and Dartmoor live in peace. People adhere to the tenets of an old religion that preaches forgiveness and non-violence.
However, Walt and Leia soon discover that even a peace-loving, ideal society like this one may have its flaws. While on a forbidden trip to Exeter, the old city of their ancestors, the two Islanders discover more about the new world than they ever bargained for.
Secrets run dark and passions run deep in this thrilling conclusion to the Island novella series.

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

This instalment of The Island series is a little different from the previous two, for a start it's longer and it is told from Leia and Alisa's POV.  Leia is off with Walt discovering the world outside of Tresco across the waves and discovers that even when people live in peace it isn't always as nice as you originally think it will be. Meanwhile on Tresco, the people are restless and unsure what to believe after the appearance of Tony and Henry and their news from across the water. And Alisa steps in to try and help her people make sense of whats going on and to try and keep the peace.
Both girls are wise beyond their years and each displays a maturity that appears to be lacking in some of the adults on Tresco. And they both have some tough decisions to make.

The extra length in this book allows Minkman to really explore not just the differing religions but the difference in the way of life of the people we meet. And it gives us a chance to get to know not just the main characters but the people surrounding them. Who knew that the villains we met in The Island would actually grow on me, that I might even begin to like them... 

I haven't read a book by Minkman that hasn't kept me interested and this book was no exception. The climax of this book had me on the edge of my seat,, with tears pouring down my face.... .This is without a doubt the perfect end to this trilogy. And it leaves me wanting to read more... thankfully I have The Dartmoor Chronicles to look forward to.

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