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The Deep

(The Island #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  42 reviews
‘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 S
Paperback, 290 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by CreateSpace (first published June 1st 2014)
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Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines

Warning: Spoilers for the previous books in this review.

When I originally read The Island, I never in a million years imagined that it would end up making a point. I thought it was just this weird little book, about a group of people who based their belief system on Star Wars fanfic. I mean, come on, how are you going to turn that into a poignant social commentary?
Can I get an amen, folks?

Ok, Minkman. You got me. I get it now.
In the original book, Leia starts q
Jen Minkman
Mar 11, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I did it. I translated a full novel from Dutch to English in two weeks' time. Bless me! Okay, so I probably permanently effed up my carpal tunnels because my wrists feel VERY stiff from all the stressed typing, but hey, it's all for a good cause, eh? I will be sending out review copies later tonight (so afternoon for you Americans) because I need to give the manuscript one more careful run-through and correct the wrong prepositions. I tend to use the wrong ones. Alongside naval terms, they are t ...more
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Jen Minkman has outdone herself! The Deep, the last book in The Island Trilogy not only is the best of the best, but it wraps this series with a bright and unwritten future for its characters as they set a new course for their future.

The world has opened up for the Islanders and the Fools and all of the small lands that thought they were either the only ones or the only ones who lived as their “gods” wanted. Told from the POVs of two of
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2014
E-book gifted by author for review

The Deep is the third and final installment in The Island Series from Jen Minkman. Leia and Walt lead the people from both sides of the island with the help of the stranger Tony that came to Tresco. They are sailing across the sea, to a world that they have only dreamed about.When they arrive they find a completely different world to their own little island. Many friendly and welcoming people, but is this new world all it seems to be or is there a darker side to
Léatitia Brière
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Deep (From my blog: http://mybookshelfisyours.over-blog.c... )
(I hope my English is good enough and makes this review as good as the time I had writing it)
First thing I have to say is that The Deep is a beautifull and perfect conclusion to a great series. The pace of this last book in The Island series is well done and efficient thanks to the rythm of the two points of view. (Leia and Alisa) There was so much to say about what happens and I think the way it's written allows the reader to h
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***(I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review)***

The second I saw the synopsis for The Island which is the first book I knew I would love the series. It was simple as that and I was not wrong. There was no apprehension for the final instalment because all Minkman’s decisions including the one to basically re-write The Island from a different POV, a decision which could have easily gone terribly wrong being repetitive, actually worked; and it
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Leia grew up on the island of Tresco where when all of the children reached the age of ten years old they were considered adults and were sent to live in the big house which was called the manor. Leia and all of the other children lived there and were taught how to take care of themselves. All of the children that lived at the manor and "the parents" believed in "The Book" which was actually titled "Star Wars". Leia's and everyone else's ancestors were taught that "The Book" was the rules that t ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
As with Jen Minkman's previous books in this series, this is a lovely read full of whimsical ideas and interesting concepts.

If you have not read this series yet, I recommend that you do. This book expanded upon the previous novels, telling the tale from two different points of view and giving us a more in depth look at the life of the characters and exploring the different outcomes of the choices they made.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The setting is beautiful and descriptive and allows
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r4r-and-arc
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have read the first two books in the series and really enjoyed them. This one kept the momentum flowing. It was a while since I read the first two, it took me a while to remember exactly what happened. But once I had, I was in love with the story once again. This time the setting was Dartmoor, it was well done, and the writing was beautiful. The characters I know and love are back, with a few new ones, lots of exciting new
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kalin by: Author
Full and formatted review on my blog: Kalin Elizabeth

The Deep (The Island #3) by Jen Minkman

I would just like to say, Jen Minkman has become one of my favorite authors due to her ability to leave me shocked every. single. time. The plot twists in all three of these books literally leaves me with a Cheshire cat grin. I can't help it!

Now, it's been a while since I last read The Waves, so it took me some time to remember all the fine details. Luckily there are multiple reminders of the other two books, so I was quickly back on track.
Beth Cutwright
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This third in the series, was told from Leia's and Alisa's perspective, alternately. Both of these women were strong characters and well written. Both had been crucial characters in the previous two books. The story line was very unique in this last installment with redemptive stories of Ben and Saul presented in a most endearing manner. Leia and Walt melded their relationship with their need for one another's support and protection as they observed and explored in the world across the seas. And ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
***Received the trilogy ebook via Story Cartel for an honest review

The cover is beautiful with Alisa on the front :)

This book was longer and definitely had more action :) I think for me this was the best of the trilogy. It did still have a few parts that were a little slow for me, but I’m pretty sure this was just me because I do not usually read books that resemble real life this much :)

Jen’s writing style is great with her descriptions a
Taylor Dean
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Island series takes the reader into an amazingly creative dystopian world filled with mystery, deceit, and mayhem.

Once I finished reading The Island, I was filled with questions and a burning desire to know more. No worries, as the series continued, all was revealed. The story unfolded, bit by bit, revealing the truth behind the inhabitants' existence. The Deep was a satisfying conclusion to the story and kept me engaged with its non-stop action and adventure--and of course a little romance
Ellen Zacarias
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Note: I received a copy of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is the third installment in Jen Minkman's The Island novella series, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in which the inhabitants of an island are descendants of children who were spared from the plague. The first two novellas in the series are The Island and The Waves.

The narrative switches between the perspectives of Leia, a girl who travels to Cornwall with friends, and Alisa, a girl who l
Sandra "Jeanz"
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to this book after reading book two. The only hesitation I had was would it have lots of references to the "Star Wars-ish" theme that was featured a lot in book one The Island.

I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I really like the cover of this book, it depicts a scene featured in the book. It's Alisa holding the treasured shawl that her now dead fiancé, Yorrick gave her. I like the whole set of covers of this series.
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, so I was excited to get a chance to dive back into the lives of Walt and Leia as they make their way across the water to a new world. This book, like its predecessors, has a distinctly anthropological feel to it, highlighting clashing religions, cultures, and customs.

In the previous books, we see two distinctly different religions war with one another as their entire way of life is brought into question. This book continues to highlight the gr
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Jen Minkman for giving me the opportunity to read/review this book!

With the Deep, the Island series come to a close (insert sad face). It was a very interesting journey, we met very interesting characters and we met with an interesting world. A world that is broken, a world still building back to normalcy.

In this last part we have 2 POVs, this time Leia (our main girl in all the books) and Alisa. One of them is travel
Laura Greenwood
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reveiw forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of The Deep in exchange for my review.

Having united the island of Tresco to some degree, Walt and Leia head out on the Explorer to find out about the land across the sea. With Tony as their guide, the Islanders discover Cornwall, a place where survivers have set up societies like they did on Tresco. But things aren't quite what they seem, and Dartmoor, which is based at an old prison, is too peaceful for Leia's comfo
Ashley Ferguson
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I absolutely loved Jen's novellas The Island and The Waves, and I figured that would be the end of the story. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned there was a third installment. AND it's novel-length! And honestly, The Deep did not disappoint in any way!

This time around, we get to see the story unfolding from Leia and Alisa's perspectives. Leia has left the island with Walt and Tony and anyone else who wa
Sally Balboa
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel was so much more satisfying then its predecessors. Don't get me wrong I was a big fan of the first book in the series, not so much the second but regardless this book made up for the second. The Deep had that splash of romance, regret, and a sprinkle of pizzazz that make YA books so fun to read.

The Deep starts out with Leia and Walt sailing across to the new world, leaving their old one behind with Alyssa who is dealing with the chaos of a dead priest, the crazy religious people still
Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
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 step ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Jen Minkman brings her Island series to a close with a strong final story spanning both the Island of Tresco and Cornwall. It explores both primary characters from The Island and The Waves while also going deeper with secondary characters from both books. It's an excellent weaving of several elements from the other books and a satisfying close to this part of the characters journey.

I also think Minkman does a great job of honestly exploring the naivete of these characters and the way their cultu
Olivia (Bookcomet)
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dys, for-review
If you have the deep (see what I did there?) craving for dystopian books, look no further than this book to fill the void.

The thing I love most about this series is how with each book the world expands more. It's great - we discover more about the world at the same time as the characters do. I love the setting, and it's made even prettier by Jen Minkman's pretty writing.

I don't know what it is, but I just really love the author's writing. And what's even more suprising is that this is a transl
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
The final installment of The Island novella trilogy by Jen Minkman is a fitting conclusion to the story begun with The Island. I had concerns throughout The Deep as to how Ms. Minkman was going to leave her characters by the end. For as honest and honorable as Tony was to the islanders, I certainly hope his story about Lundy was true and not just a story to remove Walt and Leia from the ship so that he can follow through on his plan.

Thank you, Ms. Minkman, for a very good story. I realize that y
Kasey Cocoa
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
It's interesting to see how an author develops their craft through experience and time, always open to constructive criticism (and some not so constructive) and improving with each step. Pick up the first book in this series and read it with an open mind and the reassurance that each book is considerably better than the last. You'll see what I mean as you read the second and then this one, the best of the three. Familiar characters continue to explore not only their island but themselves and oth ...more
Kara Baker-finch
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I read the first story in this series, I found it be entertaining in a somewhat childlike manner. Therefore, the end of the first story and the entire second story of the series were very different than I expected them to be. They went beyond a sci-fi story and started to explore some real-life topics. And this final story in the series was just plain amazing. This is definitely the most thought-provoking of the series. Its themes on religion, self love/hate, and sacrifice would make great ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Different from most books I read and
the Dutch writing style is something new
to me, I intend to check out more authors
from this part of Europe

I have really enjoyed reading this series,
This was the third and final book from the
Island series. Set in a dystopian future
in the Scilly Isles & Cornwall, easy to
Google the locations to add to the sense of
The first book in this series is called The
Island and is free on Amazon and well worth
checking out
I hope that Jen Minkman re-visits this seri
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
Thank you to Jen for allowing me to review. This series is incredibly charming and whimsy, I love Leia and Walt.
Review to come.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads shows this as book 3 of The Island series, but my e-book says it is book 2. I'm a little confused. It appears that The Island and The Waves were combined into The Wall. Maybe. Anyway, this book follows The Wall. I had a little more trouble keeping up with the two narratives in this book, perhaps because so many new people and ideas were introduced. It was very interesting, but also confusing. I didn't enjoy it as much as The Wall, perhaps because so many of the new people were evil; al ...more
Jennifer Turner
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Deep

I really enjoyed these 2 books. The characters grow and develop. You are with them through the good and bad. Lots of fun but also gives you a lot to think about. I am now going to start Beyond the Fence by Jen Minkman!
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