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The End of the Ocean

(Klimakvartetten #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,738 ratings  ·  350 reviews
From the author of the #1 international bestseller and Indie Next Pick The History of Bees, a captivating new standalone novel about the threat of a worldwide water shortage as seen through the eyes of a father and daughter.

In 2019, seventy-year-old Signe sets out on a hazardous voyage to cross an entire ocean in only a sailboat. She is haunted by the loss of the love of
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by HarperVia (first published October 12th 2017)
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Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mostly, I was bored. There was good descriptive writing, but it lacked an engaging storyline. It covers the timely issue of climate change, but overall the story lacked a concrete direction and was tediously executed.

The story is told in two time periods. Signe's narrative is told in 2017. Signe, a seventy year old woman in Norway, mostly recalls flashbacks from her childhood throughout her young adult life; her memories reflect the growing climate change and the power of water. David's
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The End of the Ocean has two narrators, Signe, in 2017, and David (with his little daughter, Lou), in 2041. The location of the story is Norway, the ocean, and drought stricken Europe. In 2041, wars are waging, people are dying due to lack of water, refugee camps are overflowing and then falling apart, as they can't keep up with the influx of refugees.

Seventy year old Signe, is crusty, angry, fueled by that anger, and has one more point to make, one more point to drive home, about the damage
Andrew Smith
We first meet Signe, it’s 2017 and this seventy-year-old Norwegian lady has come back to the village of her youth. She is tortured by her past, by her fractured relationship with her mother but more so by what has happened to this beautiful place where she once lived. For as long as anyone could remember there was the mountain which on one side became a vertical wall creating the opportunity for the Sister Falls to descend hundreds of metres toward Lake Eide. On the other side of the mountain ...more
Emer (A Little Haze)
This is an incredibly relevant story for society's actions regarding climate control, the use of non-degradable plastics and the abuse of water.

The book follows two timelines:
In 2017 we follow the story of sixty seven year old Signe who all her life has battled thoughtless industry practises that have a detrimental impact on the environment.

And in 2041 we follow the story of David and his little girl Lou who are living in an all too realistic post-apocalyptic version of our future where drought
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
In 2017, 70 year-old Signe returns to her home - the village of Ringfjorden, Norway. She has come with her life-long partner, her sailboat Blue, to avenge the glacier and the waterfalls of her home on the edge of the fjord. Signe became an environmentalist at an early age by the influence of her father, and she carried this with her throughout her life by fighting against the folly of human progress. Now she plans to make her final stand carrying the precious ice being harvested from the ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The End of the Ocean, Maja Lunde's sophomore novel, is a speculative fiction epic about conservation, ecology, climate change, family ties, the deep inner strength we all have as human beings and, most of all, water. Initially published in 2017 in Norwegian, this a book about survival and the desire human beings have to struggle through the often overwhelming obstacles and the adversity that stands in their way. It centres around three characters in particular: Signe, David and Lou. Signe's ...more
Tanja Berg
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
Water. Fresh water. Our most precious resource, so readily squandered where there is an abundance of it. In this particular book, the theme is water.

I enjoy Maja Lunde's writing. Her characters are wonderful and complex, usually set against a bleak future. We have Signe set in 2017 and her life, growing near a glacier. Her protests against extracting glacial ice for expensive drinks in the Middle East. Then there is David in 2041, who is a climate refugee with his daughter Lou. They got
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
This book is set in two different timelines. In 2019, 70-year-old Signe has spent her life as an activist on environmental issues. A majestic glacier is now being mined for its ice to be sent to the rich to put in their drinks. Signe performs an act of courage and takes off to the sea, on her way to confront the love of her life whom she hasn’t seen since she was a young girl. She has precious cargo on board.

In 2041, David and his little girl, Lou, have fled a terrible fire. They’ve been
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
I had so high expectations for this book, and sadly, that probably ruins it.
It's been a while since I raed this, so this review will be short, but I swear, I could probably talk about it for ages.
Signe, one of our main characters, was one of the most annoying characters I have every read about, that was not supposed to be annoying. I skimmed through her first chapters and I liked the first chapters about David and Lou. But then, they started annoying me as well.
By no means is this a bad
 Sophia B
Good idea, hasty execution. She should have used more time on the prose and the editing. But the characters are charming. And the theme important. So 3 worthy stars.
Renee (The B-Roll)
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The End of the Ocean takes place in two different time periods, 2017 and 2041. It is told through two stories that are woven together. The 2017 storyline follows 67-year old Signe first in Norway as she travels south to France in her small sailboat, Blue. We learn that she is an activist, just as her father was and is distraught when she learns that the ancient glaciers of her home are being mined to be shipped to the Middle East as "pure ice" for the wealthy. As an attempt to show her defiance ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookish
They were childhood friends who become lovers.

He wanted a comfortable life.

She wanted to save the world.

Would their love survive?

of the Ocean by Maja Lunde is a compelling dystopian novel and a warning. It is also a heartbreaking story of lovers torn asunder by social forces.

The exotic pristine beauty of Norway is the symbol of the beauty and perfection of the world--which humankind is willing to sacrifice to continue an unsustainable lifestyle.

Signe's mother was willing to destroy their
Never Without a Book
This book was okay. Final thoughts to come.
Melissa | Recreational Hobbyist
Review to come!!
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A story that brings up modern problems such as lack of water, an increase in the accumulation of waste and climate change. Narrated by two different people- one living in today's word and other from the future (2041), 'The End of the Ocean' is an eye-opener.
Signe, angry and frustrated, narrates a story that is her life, a battle with people who are degrading the environment. David and Lou, in 2041, are in a refugee camp in drought-stricken Europe.
The story eventually connects Signe and David
Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic ARC copy of this novel on October 5, 2019, from Netgalley, Maja Lunde, and Scribner UK. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am pleased to recommend The End of the Ocean to friends and family. This is a novel that speaks well for the hearts call of family and the importance of cleaning up our act on our earth. It is a story for our time, and that to ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The long awaited (at least by me) following book to The History of Bees and the most important message here is: YES! Maja Lunde could hold the level and the new book is again a highly recommended book and a great and important read!

Again Maja connects various points in time and describes a possible future scenario - this time a European future where the southern parts of the continet are about to turn into deserts. To imagine this future it surely helped that I read it during a very hot and dry
This was so close to a five star. Especially the Signe parts. She is my idol.
I'm one of those who think this is better than the previous one. So good and made me think a lot.
If you have a vague interest in this, read it.
Nothing really happened and the ending didn’t give me any closure? I expected a bit of hope, as in The History of Bees, but this just felt like they gave up.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read. Make you think about the current situation regarding all the ongoing actions on climate and climate change.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
The thing I loved most about this book was that it spotlighted environmental issues that persist in today's world and ones we certainly take for granted. Our climate and water are natural resources we use (and abuse) in excess when there is an abundance of it and is all around us.

What if our current climate changed and there was a shortage of water? This story follows Signe, in current day, as well as David and his daughter Lou in post-apocalyptic times, through these environmental changes and
Ready To Reading
Simply and beautiful story about world without water. Very deep and somehow scary story. For me Singe chapter are quite boring, the most I enjoyed David and Lou story.

This book is really amazing and I think everybody should read it. I think it's that kind of book who stay in my mind for long time. I really enjoy it!
To my surpsrise this book turned out to be quite a dissapointment to me. I loved The history of bees - trendy and interesting idea, well-thought-out characters and story lines that beautifully twist in the end of the book - none of this was found in the second book of her Klimakvartetten series. I found a male character hardly believable and could feel that the auther was a female.
I might have liked t more if I wlouldn't have read The history of bees first. I think Maja definatelly did not
Timo ✨
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two tragical little stories mirroring the problems of life and showing what kind of problems could result from the current relationship of the ruthless blind human and his caring Mother Earth. Kind of depressing and sad with a cute little twist at the end that makes it all perfect again, that made me smile brightly and deeply and made all the pain and suffering worth it all of a sudden. Reminded me of life sometimes. ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book could've been showstopping and really important and instead it's just..... flat. The characters were really annoying, only the background was interesting. 3 stars solely for the premise, the awerness and the topic.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
For such a short book “The End of the Ocean” is truly epic in scope. The two main characters, Signe and David, are in two very different timelines that connect at the end in a profound and emotionally shattering way. This story will rip your heart out, cast you into the pit of despair and pull you out the other side determined to change the world. Pretty powerful for one book!

There is nothing scarier than seeing a dark future coming and being unable to change course and avoid it. This story is
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued to read this book as the underlying message is just so relevant and important in today’s world. I was hoping that it would force me and other readers to spend serious thought on the ramifications of our present actions for the future of the planet. Water - something we take for granted, yet still from where I sit in Australia, droughts are all to frequent, in fact, neverending in some parts of the country. What does the future hold?

‘My whole world was water. The ground, the
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book pulled me in with its absolutely gorgeous cover and interesting premise, but I was left feeling sadly underwhelmed! The End of the Ocean is told through two character’s storylines (one in 2017 and one in 2041), that interchange each chapter and connect in a couple ways. I have to say that I hated Signe’s parts though… I was just so bored and ended up glancing through her pages! I really liked hearing David and Lou’s story until David did a thing I can’t say due to spoilers and then I ...more
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After the rather remarkable History of Bees, this is another fascinating story about another vital resource of our world; water.

The theme of water is present throughout – Signe loves to swim, lives among the fjords of Norway. She is determined to protect her small town and the environment against changes which will affect the balance and beauty of the water. Water is everything here; it creates the landscape, the waterfalls, as well as being vital to life of
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshelf
An important book, in various senses of the word. I really liked the style: simple, to the point, with long sentences and repetitions. The world presented is terrifying - even more so when you remember this is exactly what is going to happen. The story doesn't really offer a solution to the problem, and you finish the book wondering: is there even a solution to this? Can we do anything to stop - or delay - the inevitable?
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Maja Lunde is a Norwegian author and screenwriter. Lunde has written ten books for children and young adults. She has also written scripts for Norwegian television, including for the children’s series Barnas supershow (“The Children’s Super Show”), the drama series Hjem (“Home”) and the comedy series Side om Side (“Side by Side”). The History of Bees is her first novel for adults. She lives with ...more

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