The Waves

(The Island Series)

Fiction - Dystopia
170 Pages
Reviewed on 07/16/2014
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Waves by Jen Minkman is the second novella in The Island series, a collection of young adult dystopian tales. This novella continues the narrative of the series through the eyes of Walt, retelling the events of The Island from his perspective, as well as expanding on his past and travelling a little farther forward in the plot’s overall progression. From his perspective, we are introduced to Walt’s life on the western side of the island, his doubts about his belief in the goddess Anabelle and the secrets of his grandfather, which eventually lead him to wonder about the lives of the people on the other side of the wall that divides his island home.

Although the story would make sense whichever book you read first, I think it is a very good idea to read The Waves after The Island. For me, Jen Minkman crafted a very intriguing character in the charming figure of Walt, so rediscovering him and finding the reasons for his attitude and behaviour after book one was a charming surprise. This novella is even better than the first (which was already excellent), developing the romance between Walt and Leia from both sides to give a really satisfying representation of the uncertainty of young love. It also further expands on Minkman’s masterful concept of how beliefs are developed and what it really means to believe in anything at all. The Waves is an action-packed companion to The Island, which was exciting to read. I am very keen to see how this series progresses.