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The Last Migration

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  3,995 ratings  ·  970 reviews
‘An extraordinary novel… as beautiful and as wrenching as anything I’ve ever read’ Emily St. John Mandel

A dark past. An impossible journey. The will to survive.

How far you would you go for love? Franny Stone is determined to go to the end of the earth, following the last of the Arctic terns on what may be their final migration to Antarctica.

As animal populations plummet an
Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2021 by Chatto & Windus (first published August 4th 2020)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
“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
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Elyse  Walters
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Will Byrnes
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
Diane S ☔
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Larry H
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
DNF after 30+ pages and talking with a friend. Too depressing for this time in my life and too much sadness about animals :(
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
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
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

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
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Diane Barnes
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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

’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
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I finished this book in less than two days, I couldn't stop listening.
I can't think of anything to criticise. If there is such a thing as perfection, this novel came pretty close to it.
The prose is lyrical, atmospherical and truly beautiful, so I knew early on I was going to like this novel. That was all good and dandy, but will the plot be realistic enough and melodrama free, in order for me to truly love this novel?
As you can tell from my high rating, I had no issues with how things unfo
3.5 stars.
I regret that my rating and reaction to the book does not coincide with the many who loved it. I purchased the book based on the description comparing it to Station Eleven and Flight Behavior, one of my favourite books. It was beautifully written and so atmospheric with lyrical and vivid descriptions of the turbulent sea, the ice and snow. Its overall feeling was one of melancholy and hopelessness.

Humans have thoughtlessly and selfishly wiped out wild animals from our planet throug
Theresa Alan

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.
Jennifer Blankfein
I loved the adventure of travel and the impassioned characters in Migrations by Charlotte McCaunaghy. Franny Stone’s journey to follow the last of the arctic terns to Antartica is what she believes is her final chance to reclaim herself. She is heading toward devastation, along with the wildlife she is so passionate about. Her marriage to ornithologist, Niall Lynch is loving but strained, and with her overwhelming need to travel, and the birds are heading toward extinction, Franny leaves her hus ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Have you ever read a book that you knew as soon as you finished it, it would forever leave a scar on your heart and soul? One that completely shattered you, but you couldn't stop reading? Migrations is one of those books for me. This dark yet beautifully rendered story is very raw, primal and heart wrenching. Franny Stone is a wanderer at heart and by following the ocean's tides and the Arctic Terns, she feeds a mysterious, burning need within while also seeking solace for past transgressions, g ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect based on the description of this novel - dytopian world following the migration of birds. What I read was so much more than that.

Franny Stone has issues (to say the least)- she runs, she swims in the cold water and she searches for freedom, waiting to be released. McConaghy creates multiple storylines, gently weaving a narrative and a strong character study into this novel. One constant thread pulling the reader through the ice cold waters of the Arctic in a world wh
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
It's being compared to STATION ELEVEN and the summary makes me suspect that I'll cry while reading this. Am I going to read it anyway? Yes, because I am a masochist.
sarah xoxo
Migrations is set in the chillingly near future, where most of the animals on earth have become extinct due to climate change, deforestation and overconsumption. We follow Franny, on a mission to track the only remaining arctic terns on their final migration from Greenland to Antarctica. She convinces the crew of the Saghani, a fishing boat, to let her join them, following the birds to lead them to fish which are becoming increasingly rare. But Franny is not only chasing the birds- she is runnin ...more
I don’t want to read happy books during the pandemic. I don’t want to be uplifted or inspired. I want to read about how we’ve destroyed everything. I want to read about the earth turning barren and our pain stretching to the far reaches of the Arctic sea. I want darkness. I want inevitability. We did this. We keep doing it. We bicker about how to fix it. That’s the earth. That’s human beings. That’s what’s on the news. That’s what’s on our minds. That’s what’s in this book. We’ve ruined so much, ...more
Carol (Bookaria)
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, sci-fi, fiction
“A life’s impact can be measured by what it gives and what it leaves behind, but it can also be measured by what it steals from the world”

This was an introspective and engaging novel. The story starts with Franny Stone, our main character and narrator, who arrives on Greenland to find the last elusive flock of terns.

It takes place in an earth where most animals have become extinct due to climate changes, specifically global warming. As the novel progresses the story becomes increasingly dark
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I'm Charlotte, the author of the forthcoming 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, this is my first foray into adult literary fiction and will be my first book to cross oceans. I have a Graduate Degree in Screenwriting and a Masters in Screen Arts.

I'm also passionate about wildlife and the di

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“But there won’t be any more journeys after this one, no more oceans explored. And maybe that’s why I am filled with calm. My life has been a migration without a destination, and that in itself is senseless. I leave for no reason, just to be moving, and it breaks my heart a thousand times, a million.” 3 likes
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