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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
....during the crescendo of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’re taken on a fascinating, ethical & emotional journey—
”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.
There is nothing so disturbing as a creature born to flight being bound to dull lifelessness.--------------------------------------
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(The audiobook is perfectly narrated by Barrie Kreinik) ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
’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 ...more
"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...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
that's what this book is about, right?
this book is in the running for my favorite 2020 read, and it's been a year of excellent books, so.
review to come! ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more