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Franny Stone has always been the kind of woman who is able to love but unable to stay. Leaving behind everything but her research gear, she arrives in Greenland with a singular purpose: to follow the last Arctic terns in the world on what might be their final migration to Antarctica. Franny talks her way onto a fishing boat, and she and the crew set sail, traveling ever fu ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Flatiron Books (first published August 1st 2020)
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Emily May
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2020, modern-lit
It isn't fair to be the kind of creature who is able to love but unable to stay.

I don't think it can be said that I read this book. I felt it. I felt every single word.

It's hard to review a book that affected me like this one did. I want to convey how much I loved it without resorting to incoherent gushing. I guess I could start with the fact that I've barely felt like reviewing at all this year; found even concentrating on books a challenge at times, never mind putting my thoughts down in a
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Nilufer Ozmekik
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bring out your napkins! You may possibly haven’t read something so heart wrenching, extremely emotional, powerful, dark, nostalgic, depressive, tear jerking, sad for a long time and its powerful reality hits like a slap against your cheeks!

After your reading, you gotta need a strong drink, lay down to gather yourself together and breathe in and out several times because you’re truly shaken to your cores. This is so effective, strong and soul crushing, earth shattering kind of journey! You gott
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MarilynW
Migrations follows Franny Stone's journey following the last of the Arctic terns. The time is in the not too distant future and almost every bird, fish, and wild animal is extinct. Almost all domestic and farmed raised fish, birds, and other animals are raised for food. Global warming has wiped out the food and habitat for most animals. And Franny is planning to die at the end of this last journey of the Arctic terns. The birds won't be able to make the migration again because there are no fish ...more
Angela M
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“To me they were the presence of something profound, though at six I didn’t know what. Something like loneliness, or it’s opposite. They were time and the world; they were the distances they could fly and the places to which I could never follow.”

Yet, Franny Stone is compelled later in her life to follow the near extinct Arctic tern.

“..I decided to follow a bird over an ocean. Maybe I was hoping it would lead me to where they’d all fled, all those of its kind, all the creatures we thought we’d k
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Elyse  Walters
We have never needed a book more than “Migrations”, in 2020.
....during the crescendo of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re taken on a fascinating, ethical & emotional journey—
...sometimes funny—
...sometimes brave—
...mostly heartbreaking—

”There is pleasure in the pathless woods. There is rapture on the lonely shore. There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar”

With clear and unflinching prose, this startling story is a page turning testimony to the power of love.

“Her
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Paromjit
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte McConaghy writes a phenomenal, unmissable, and original novel, emotionally charged, tragic, harrowing, haunting, an ode to the wonders of our natural world, set in the near future, an environment devastated and degraded by the impact of climate change, the mass animal kingdom extinctions and the hugely depleted seas and oceans. It charts the flawed and damaged Franny Stone's epic journey following the last migration of the Arctic terns to the Antarctic. Franny was born with wanderlust ...more
Will Byrnes
There is nothing so disturbing as a creature born to flight being bound to dull lifelessness.
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A nameless sadness, the fading away of the birds. The fading away of the animals. How lonely it will be here, when it’s just us.
Franny Stone has always had large volumes of wanderlust coursing through her veins. From? To? Both? Neither? It seems that this is an ancestral gift. Excellent for seeing vast swaths of the planet’s landscape. Maybe not so good for e
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Debra
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
"My life has been a migration without a destination, and that in itself is senseless."

Fanny Stone is a lost woman wandering around, searching for answers about those in her past while trying to make sense of her life. She has suffered many losses in her life and sets out on a journey to follow Arctic terns to their final migration. She convinces Ennis Malone, the captain of a shipping vessel to let her join his crew as they follow the terns who they hope will lead them to fish. For this is t
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Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
This is one of those stories that might not be about what you think it is about. I went in thinking this was about climate change and loss of animals due to that, but it's much more than I expected. The story explores the connection humans have to nature as it explores one of my favourite themes, loneliness, belonging and our need to find a connection. Here we follow Franny's journey as she searching for a connection, a will to live and something to live for. She finds a connection to the sea, a ...more
Farrah
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
' 𝙄 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙩𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙙. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙙𝙤𝙣'𝙩 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙚, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙙 𝙨𝙤 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙛𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙮 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙣. 𝙄𝙛 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣'𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙙, 𝙄 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙨𝙝𝙚'𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙝 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙙. 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙤. '

Set in a future where humankind has made almost all animals extinct.

Franny is a very damaged woman.
Filled with wanderlust, she connects more with nature and the sea than with other people.
This is
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Diane S ☔
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and heartbreaking. I wasn't ready for this book to end. Endings though is what we humans seem to excel at, as this book makes clear. The near future and with our disregard for climate change, our inaction, we have ended the lives and caused to be extinct 80% of lives creatures. There are no more elephants, tigers and lions gone, even crows are no more.

The last hope are the Arctic terns, who travel from the Arctic and back again. This may be their final migration and Franny travels to
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Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Aug 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lit-fic
I do not understand the praise this book is getting.

It’s compared to Station Eleven because, as you find out naturally as the book progresses, it is set in a world (possibly our own future) in which animal and plant life is all but gone, at least in places inhabited by humans.

Our main character is Franny Lynch (nee Stone). She’s on a mission to get aboard a fishing vessel since it’s the only way she thinks she’ll be able to achieve her last goal in life: follow the last remaining colony of Arcti
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Larry H
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte McConaghy's Migrations is haunting, poignant, and thought-provoking. Wow.

This was definitely what I'd call a "Bookstagram made me do it" book. I hadn’t heard of it until two friends spoke highly of it, and it sounded like a book I’d like. And boy, did I ever.

In a not-too-distant future, nearly all of the world’s wildlife—animals, birds, and fish—are extinct. Franny has tracked the last existing flock of arctic terns to Greenland, and she is determined to follow their last majestic
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Jen
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A marvellous debut. Often sad and lonely but still filled with hope for the future.

I feel honoured to have taken this journey with Franny, so passionate about wildlife. She is tracking the near extinct Tern, as it makes its last migration from the Arctic to Antarctica.
It is this journey on which the past leads to the present. On a fishing boat in the North Atlantic we learn of her life and the need to flee; and then return, just as the birds do.

My heart is pulsing. Such beauty in the vastness o
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Karen
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every animal in the world is accelerating towards extinction.
Fanny, from Galway, Ireland has had a very sad and lonely past. She is on a mission to track what is predicted to be the last migration of terns that is left. She finds a fishing ship and weasels her way onto it and becomes part of the crew and she convinced them that with the tracking devices that she put on three of the terns.. if they follow the birds on their migration, they will find fish.
This book goes back and forth from differe
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Lisa
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stunning and soaring, Migrations is alive within me. This isn't a book you finish and forget. Following Franny Stone's quest, I have been devastated, exhilarated, at the edge of my seat. Uplifted. It is an ode to wilderness, an adventure story, a thriller, a book that makes me look at the world differently.

(The audiobook is perfectly narrated by Barrie Kreinik)
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Diane Barnes
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Unequivocally my favorite book of the year. This Godforsaken year that has lasted for eons already, and still more to go. This year that has brought home to us all how much destruction we humans have inflicted on this earth, and how much more we have to lose if we don't start listening to the scientists. Flood, fire and pestilence is no longer just a jokey phrase uttered by me after watching the news, but a reality that we are living in. What have we done? I say we, because even those of us with ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
DNF after 30+ pages and talking with a friend. Too depressing for this time in my life and too much sadness about animals :(
Susanne  Strong
Review also published on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

Brilliant. Moving. Uncharted.

Franny Stone is a damaged woman who loves with abandon and yet leaves with nary a thought.

She is the keeper of deep dark secrets, who is on a mission. To follow the last migration of the Arctic Terns from Greenland to Antarctica.

Dangerous, treacherous, and uncharted, Franny finds a way. Across the ocean on the Saghani, a fishing boat chartered by Captain Ennis Malone and his crew. They are fish
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Andrew Smith
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She’s frozen and her tent has blown away but after six days Fran has finally banded her third. Her intention is to follow the migration of Arctic terns as they flee their breeding ground in Greenland and head to their winter quarters in the Antarctic Circle. These birds complete the longest migration of any animal and they complete it twice each year, as they’ll head back again in around six months. Their annual milage is calculated to be in excess of forty thousand miles and it can take up to t ...more
Linda
Breathless.......

Breathless from touching, experiencing, and being in the presence of this character. One so surrounded with sharp edges that are frigid with crystals of ice while staking out boundaries that not a soul should cross.

Charlotte McConaghy presents a wondrous tale of a young Irish/Australian woman seeking to follow the last migration of the Arctic terns. There has been a mass extinction of Earth's wildlife and Franny Stone makes it her mission to follow and track these terns as they
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Libby
4.5 rounded up - This novel is author Charlotte McConaghy’s US debut, but this is not her first rodeo. She has eight books published in Australia. With writing skills that McConaghy’s has honed to the zenith, a capacity for emotional prose, and the ability to spin out suspense, revealing secrets from the main character’s past with a punch, I find the adjective that Emily St. John Mandel used to describe this book appropriate. “Extraordinary.” From the first sentence to the last, McConaghy’s writ ...more
Cheri

’The Animals are dying. Soon we will be alone here.

’Once, when the animals were going, really and truly and not just in warnings of dark futures but now, right now, in mass extinctions we could see and feel, I decided to follow a bird over an ocean. Maybe I was hoping it would lead me to where they’d all fled, all those of its kind, all the creatures we thought we’d killed. Maybe I thought I’d discover whatever cruel thing drove me to leave people and places and everything, always. Or may
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Carol
5 Amazing Stars!

"A nameless, sadness. The fading away of birds. The fading away of the animals. How lonely it will be here when it's just us."

MIGRATIONS gives us a sad, but somewhat hopeful world with a unique and very well done story. It also produces a complex character in Franny Stone with her black Irish hair and eyes, wandering feet and infinite love of birds, animals and the sea. And oh what she'll do to save those creatures. She's down on herself though, a lonely soul in a very dark p

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Tammy
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The animals are extinct. The oceans have almost been fished empty. The birds have all but disappeared except for the Arctic Terns soon to take their final migration. A woman with fierce determination embarks upon a journey to follow the birds as they make their dangerous flight. The characters unfold gradually as does the character of the ocean. At times it is calm and peaceful at others it is furious and tempestuous. The woman, herself, is unanchored and unable to find her place. Many kinds of ...more
Liz
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, library
3.5 stars, rounded up
In the not so distant future, climate change and other man made problems have decimated the wild animals, fish and birds. Most species have gone extinct. Frannie is tracking the last flock of arctic terns and talks her way onto a fishing boat to allow her to track their migration. She’s got a dark history, one we’re not entirely privy to, but learn more as the book goes along. We hear from her in the “present” as well as her memories leading up to this time.
Frannie is a dam
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Theresa Alan
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was ok

I had a very different reaction to this novel than my Goodreads’ friends. I wanted to put this novel down many times. I didn’t love the writing, and I didn’t care at all about Franny or her difficult past—she came through as so flat and unemotional to me. Yes, she has nightmares and terrible insomnia, but I simply didn’t care. I found this depressing and excruciating.

NetGalley sent an advanced copy of this book, which releases August 4, 2020.
Jill
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW. Just wow. This is a melancholy, haunting, gut-punch of a book that shattered my heart into little pieces because of its many truths.

Franny Stone is a self-destructive narrator who harbors dark secrets that are stingily revealed during the course of this book. Her life is a migration without a destination but eventually it brings her to Greenland. There she connects with a motley crew and a half-mad captain of the ship Saghani and wheedles herself aboard to follow the last journey of a flock
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karen
fulfilling book riot's 2020 read harder challenge task #15: Read a book about climate change

that's what this book is about, right?

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ANNOUNCEMENT:

this book is in the running for my favorite 2020 read, and it's been a year of excellent books, so.

review to come!
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Melissa Crytzer Fry
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This kind of book is the reason I read: to slip into the skin of a character and fully inhabit her anguish, joys, thoughts, fears… to be transported to a different setting that I can experience in every possible sensory way. And, frankly, to learn something new.

Migrations delivered all these things and more (including an emotional intensity that left me ‘feeling’ in such a profound way, I was literally breathless). I read this novel as slowly as I possibly could, knowing this was a book I would
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Charlotte is the author of the national bestselling novel MIGRATIONS, published in the US in August 2020, and published in the UK and AUS as THE LAST MIGRATION.

After having grown up writing SFF, MIGRATIONS is her first foray into adult literary fiction and will be her first book to cross oceans. She has a Graduate Degree in Screenwriting and a Masters in Screen Arts.

She is also passionate about
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