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The Waves

(The Island #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  70 reviews
The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together.
I’m sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon. “Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck
Paperback, 174 pages
Published October 4th 2013 by Jen Minkman (first published September 14th 2013)
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Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines.

I have a rule. Anytime an author emails me with an offer to review their self-published title, I ignore it.
It's a good rule.
I occasionally tend to be an ass if I don't like something, and a book is like an author's baby.
And I know what I would do to someone who was being an ass to one of my babies.
*insert Psycho shower scene music here*
Why did I make an exception to the
Jen Minkman
Jun 28, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Currently working on the sequel to The Island, which is this book! I'm planning on having the novella ready in Dutch by the end of July, and will work on a translation in August and September. Stay tuned!
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2014
E-book gifted by author for review

The Waves is the second installment in The Island series, this time told from the perspective of Walt.

As with the first book “The Island” you are given an in depth and moving tale of life and what it is like for the people on the island of Tresco. You see Walt come to realise that what he has grown up believing slowly come undone with truths revealed and deceptions uncovered. Unlike the first book, you get a sense of hope from the people. They, unlike the people
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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What lies beyond the wall? The answer to that question is in The Waves, book two in The Island Series, by Jen Minkman. Meet Walt, the boy Leia found in book one, The Island. told from his perspective, on the other side of the wall, in Hope Harbor, where its citizens believe a powerful being will come for them and until then, all is good, almost too good. Walt is restless, he wants to explore the world he has never seen, and with his
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I agree with another reviewer who said that this would be a good rainy day novella. This is a well written, enjoyable story that makes a great cuddle up by the fireplace kind of book.

For me, the most enjoyable part of this book was the relaxed way it was written. The main character is fun to listen to and the writing flows beautifully. This is the kind of book that you are sorry to see end when it is finished.

I liked the way events unfolded in this story, slowly and carefully, allowing the
Faida orrie
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this book. I really enjoyed The Island and wanted to find out what happened next with Walt and Leia. The book surprised me by telling a story about Walt and The Fools. It was just as thrilling and fast paced as the last instalment. Now I just have to wait for the next novella to be released in this series
The Island series is simply the most entertaining novella's by far, and now readers will have an insight into Walt's life leading up to meeting Leia,
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: novella
I knew that The Waves was a sequel to The Island but I had no idea what to expect. Would this examine the sea journey or the new world? I was delightfully surprised that it's actually a parallel story exploring the culture on the other side of The Wall.

It was fun to see how the harbor developed so differently from the manor, to see the how fully formed that world is in such a short story.

But most of all, I liked getting to know Walt better. I liked the way his character evolved through the
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The story was well written, with vibrant descriptions and characters that brought this dystopian world together. It has the feel of stories like The Giver, with a society content with how things are despite the evils that are most likely going on just behind the scenes. It takes one character to change the game and this one happened to be Walt. He captures the essence of what questioning the social norm is meant to be. In many ways I hope that I would be the "Walt" if I ever faced a similar ...more
Léatitia Brière
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I tried really hard not to spoil anything but if you haven't read The Island, you really should before reading this review. :)

The Waves is the second novella in the series The Island, written by Jen Minkman. In this sequel, you can read about Walt's adventures before he met Leia. It's through his point of view that we discover his universe and the community called Hope Harbor. At the age of 15, Walt starts to understand that his world is a web
A Book Vacation
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
To see my full review:

If you’re like me, then you probably really enjoy novels that give you the “other” side of the story—the same story from a different character’s point of view. Take Stephanie Meyer’s Midnight Sun, or Marata Eros’ A Brutal Tenderness, for examples. In Twilight we learn everything from Bella’s point of view, but in Midnight Sun (what’s available, anyway), we are given the same information through Edward’s eyes, which is fantastic, in my
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Good

The backlash. My main issue with the first book was the lack of backlash from the community when their entire belief system is torn down. Not an issue with this installment. Anger, hope, acceptance, rage, denial, suicide--the way Minkman showcases such a wide variety of reactions people have when their faith is tested was really amazing. My only gripe would be that many of these secondary characters aren't very fleshed out, but at the same time I think it is a good thing they aren't.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
What will the "Other side of the wall" story be? Are the "Fools" really that foolish thinking that a person named Annabelle would return to their Island to rescue them on her grand golden ship.

I received and e-copy of this book directly from the Author Jen Minkman in exchange for my honest review.
I like the cover as it fits in with the cover of book one. The murky water and the lighthouse that the people of Hope Harbour keep lit so that when Annabelle returns she can
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
*Received in exchange for an honest review*

This was an interesting side to the first instalment, The Island, allowing us to view the events that led up to their collaboration. The cover highlights the main aspect of the water, pronouncing the fact that they are alone and to fend for themselves; the lighthouse additionally portrays their search for Annabelle.

There are two lives you can life; a Fools or an Unbelievers. The Unbelievers are sent away from their parents at the age of ten, to fend
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Waves is the second book in The Island Series. It can be read independently, but I recommend you to read the first volume too. The Waves presents the life and the point of view of that Fool, the one that Leia (the main character in The Island) meets and that could represent for her and for the other people on the island, a step to a possible better future.

If I liked The Island, I liked even more The Waves. The tone is changing, it’s more serious (without being boring), more profound. The
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Whoop! So I'm working with Jen again (: This book is extra cool since it's a rule breaker book! Yup Jen wrote a sequel, but you can read more about that in the interview.

So the waves starts off strong. You are right into the story and just fall in love. Like the first book just didn't end (: Though you get a lot more of Walt and learn much more about him. Which is good, it does change my thoughts about him that I had from book one. It made me think and like Walter more.

So we are now on the
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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THE WAVES is a great companion novel to THE ISLAND. It's told from Walt's prospective, before he met Leia (the girl who's prospective we get in THE ISLAND) and what happens after he meets her. This novella could be read before or after reading THE ISLAND, they both are independent from one another but have great overlapping. If you've read one, I'd definitely read the other just so you can get someone else's prospective.

I really liked Walt. He's struggling with his beliefs and has a strong
Laura Greenwood
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

The Waves is the companion story and sequel to The Island. I received a copy of The Waves in exchange for my honest review.

Walt's Grandfather is a particularly devout man, believing that the Goddess, Anabelle, will come to rescue the people from the Island that they have inhabited for 150 years. Believing that there is more out there, Walt's best friend, and cousin, Yorrick, plans to set sail for lands unknown, but before he can, he
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
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-bookshelf
A few months ago I was asked to review the first book in The Island series and I really enjoyed it so when I was approached by her to read this one I knew I just couldn't say no. Jen is one of my favourite self published authors and every book I read by her is a unique experience in it's own right.

I liked reading The Waves because unlike The Island this one was from Walt's point of view and ever since I read The Island I've been really curious about him since that one was mostly Leia's story,
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jen Minkman’s new novella, The Waves, tells the other side of the story she began in The Island. Walt is the nephew of the Bookkeeper, the leader of the people of Hope Harbor. The residents of Walt’s side of the island are waiting for their Goddess, Annabelle, to come on a ship from the Other Side and save them. This is what they have been taught by their priests to put their faith in. But when Walt’s cousin, apprentice to the Bookkeeper, discovers some documents that seem to contradict the ...more
Laine The Librarian
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, young-adult
In the first installment of the The Island we learned of Leia who lives on an Island that surrounds The Great Book. Nobody tackles or questions the book. And most of all NOBODY talks to the Fools. Fools are people who will not follow the Great Book and have ruined their lives. They will try and take you away from their laws and make you a Fool as well.

But was it all true? Can the urging feeling Leia has about the Wall and the Fools be because she doesn't believe anymore? And what about this
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Back in June I was fortunate to receive a novella called The Island for review. I enjoyed this story quite a bit and was thrilled to learn that the author was released a companion novella from a different character's point of view.

After hearing from Leia in The Island, it was only fitting that we hear Walt's side of the story. I was anxious to hear how he came to cross the dividing wall and came across Leia. But not only do we learn about Walt's adventure, we also learn a lot more about the
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: english-books
Jen Minkman takes us back to the world of The Island where the foggy past, the current beliefs and the hopeful future intertwine in her new dystopian novella, The Waves.

I liked going back to that world and live the adventure from the other side of the wall. It shows how two outcomes can be possible from one incident that made Fools and Unbelievers separate. The novella tackles tough questions like the place of religion within the government, the need to believe and have faith in something. Also
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've learned that when I get an email from Jen Minkman, I should just go ahead and start jumping up and down. I absolutely adored THE ISLAND, so when Jen asked if I would review THE WAVES, I didn't even have to think twice. THE ISLAND was wildly creative so I knew THE WAVES would be just as attention getting.

Book 1, THE ISLAND, is the from Leia's POV. It's her story. Leia and Walt live on opposite sides of the wall, which basically equates to opposite sides of the world. Each has grown up with a
Ashley Ferguson
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I read The Island earlier this year, I was pleasantly surprised! Although it had heavy references to Star Wars, it was a story and a concept all its own. The Waves tells that same story, but from the other side of the island and with significantly fewer references to Star Wars. It takes place pretty much at the same time that The Island takes place, and I thought it was really cool to see what happens over in Walt's world.

Walt was definitely an excellently written character. He's smart,
Received an ARC from the writer on NetGalley.

First of all, thanks Jen Minkman for giving me the chance to read this wonderful book! I was really excited to read the second book.

And what a ride it was! The books follows Walt, the man/boy we met in the previous book, and this book is all about him. About the before-Leia time, but also about the after time. About all the things he discovered. I really loved Walt, he is a wonderful character and despite a lot of things that happened he just kept
Wendy Hines
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A few months ago, I read The Island and really enjoyed it. A story about kids who are sent to a home when they are a young age to learn to live on their own. The kids lived on an island and they based their beliefs off of a worn book of Star Wars.

The Waves is a companion novel to The Island, only in this installment, the story is told through the point of view of Walt. Walt lives on the other side of the island with his grandfather, who is a devout follower and believer of the Goddess
Caro [The Book Rogue]
This wasn't so much a sequel but more a companion story. It started out earlier than The Island, on the other side of the island, and also carried on a little further in the end. I really liked that, especially since Walt's side held a religion. It was nice to learn about the costums on his side of the island, and that people there were just as power hungry and treacherous as they were on Leia's side. I guess it's in mens nature, sad as that may be.

It was also nice to learn more about how the
Ashley Byland
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Waves is not a continuation of The Island, but The Island in Walt's POV. In The Island we discovered how live was on the east side of the island, the unbeliever side. Leia's side. In The Waves we get to see how life is on the west side, the fools side of the island. Walt's side.

I think that either one you read, either The Waves or The Island first, you won't be confused. Since its pretty much the same story in a way. But WOW was this one much much better! I didn't dislike The Island, the
Soma Rostam
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read Jen Minkman's first novella of this series a while ago, and it had me wanting to read her series whole. So, when she approached me to read this second novella, I was up for it immediately!
Walt is a believer. He, just like everyone else in his side of the island, believe that one day they will be rescued by the Goddess Annabelle. And anyone on the other side of the Wall is an Unbeliever. And Walt never questioned his beliefs. Until his cousin's murder, the arrival of a mysterious man
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Jen Minkman (1978) writes YA paranormal romance, dystopian fiction and poetry. She is from the Netherlands and self-publishes her work in English. Her works are available in paperback & digital format (ebook and audio).
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