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‘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
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 7th 2021 by Chatto & Windus (first published August 4th 2020)
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Emily May
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arc, 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  ·  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
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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
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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Angela M (On a little break)
“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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Paromjit
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
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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Dem
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Migrations for me was a book that was all over the place and I didn't find the story plausible or entertaining. I didn't find it suspenseful or atmospheric, more a confusing and disjointed read.

I had such high hopes for Migrations that I even ordered my copy in hardback and waited 4 weeks for it to arrive, due to Brexit. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy the reading experience hence my 2 star rating. An ok read but not one I can recommend.
I loved the premise of this book, a future where climate chan
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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
Debra
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
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jessica
meh, this was fine.

definitely a well-written novel but, after reading the authors other book, i found this one to be a little flat by comparison.

i think its because i wanted it to lean more into the sci-fi aspect of the plot. the birds are disappearing, so why dont i see more of that in the story? if anything, its only used as an excuse to drive the character development further, rather than being an actual part of the plot.

which i guess is fine if you prefer books that are more character-drive
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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
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Farrah
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
' 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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Melissa ~ Bantering Books
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I’ve been fortunate to have read many beautifully written books over the years. But I can think of none more stunning than Charlotte McConaghy’s Migrations.

For this reason, I’ve put off writing my review. Partly out of fear – I’ve been afraid I’d be unable to adequately convey the depth of my connection to this novel. And partly out of sorrow, because I know that once my review is written I will begin to let Migrations go. The memory
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Debbie
Pogo-stick party time!

Wow wow wow! When I turned the last page of this gem, I felt so full I didn’t know what to do with myself. Ding! Grab your pogo stick, dummy—and I did. I bounced for a good hour, all twitchy and manic, with dramatic sighs. Then I became a pushy bitch and instructed my friends to drop everything. Read this book, I screamed. I didn’t want to start another book because I didn’t want to break the spell of this one. There is nothing, I swear, nothing, that beats that feeling you
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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
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Jen
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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.
Karen
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
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Diane Barnes
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa
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)
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Lori - I'm back (with a lot to catch up on)
(Written 9/1/21, revised 9/3)

This novel was a failure for me in every way, yet so many friends and others whose reviews I respect loved it. A lot. And it was nominated for best book of last year. It's set in a world affected by climate change, with an allegedly unreliable narrator, a quest and mysteries: all of those appeal to me. But I can't find any redeeming qualities in Migrations; rarely has a book provoked escalating annoyance, at times anger, in me.

The setting, some unspecified time in t
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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
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
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 :(
Dolors
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2021
A not so very distant future.
A world with less and less wildlife.
A woman with a restless heritage dealing with unspeakable trauma who escapes physical death but without reason to live.
An impossible quest to follow the last terns across the Artic Sea to see their ultimate journey, an act of faith or the blind faith of a deranged person?

“Migration” is a complex book but very easy to read; a book full of contrasts.
Half dystopia, half adventure and with special attention to the psychological portra
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Susanne
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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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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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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Charlotte McConaghy is the author of the international bestseller MIGRATIONS, a TIME Magazine Best Book of the Year and the Amazon.com Best Fiction Book of the Year for 2020, which is being translated into over twenty languages.
She has both a Graduate Degree in Screenwriting and a Masters Degree in Screen Arts, and lives in Sydney, Australia.
Her new novel, ONCE THERE WERE WOLVES, is coming Augus
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