In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z's small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, Megan Hunter's The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this familys world of new life and new hope sings with love....
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The End We Start From Reviews
What a strange book. The writing is very sparse. At time, the book reads more like someone’s notes about a book than an actual story. And it's funny how the use of initials instead of names threw me for a loop.
In this book a woman gives birth to her firstborn just as a flood envelopes London. She and her husband escape to a mountain to live with his parents. But they are forced to keep moving and half the time the reasons are not filled in. People come, people go. It's like as the world ends, s ...more
I...I don't really know what to say? Super weird and confusing.
I've read some weird books in my time. Good weird, bad weird, you name it; deadly sounds, man eating gators, severed bee penises, bones and blood sprouting from the ground, a werebeetle, and some unfortunate life decisions involving mayonnaise. To name a few.
So as a self-named expert on weird, that's what I'm going to choose to call The End We Start From. This shit is WEIRD.
This is a not very dystopian dystopia, but hey, the concept ...more
⭐⭐⭐ / 5
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If you like metaphoric, poetic prose then you will enjoy The End We Start From by Megan Hunter.
The prose in this book was very metaphoric, and unfortunately sometimes the meaning was lost on me. The writing was also very sparse in this book. At 134 pages this novella is very short and can be read in one sitting, fairly q ...more
This was a short novel, a cautionary tale on the condition of earth should the water rise and take over the land. Not only would we lose the land, we would also lose ourselves to drift in a world where we moved from place to place looking for a place where we can be dry.
Into the environment comes a family, a new mother and her husband. The novella is not really so much directed towards disaster as it is a treatise on being a parent. The husband is missing in this story, where all people go by an ...more
After digesting for a couple days, am still not quite sure how I feel about this short dystopian read. Initially confused...I wanted more. The story is vague with much left unsaid, but fear of the unknown is there.
In the beginning...or is it the end...an expectant mother's water breaks and a child called Z is born. (No names here...only single capital letters for characters.) In a desolate new...or is it old...world, water is flooding the country, and struggle for survival is apparent. A search...more
Zuwenig ist Zuviel
Ich möchte nicht verheimlichen, dass ich etwas angesäuert bin. :)
Aus dieser Geschichte hätte was werden können, wenn die Autorin es nicht vorgezogen hätte, ihre Leser permanent mit ausgestrecktem Arm auf Abstand zu halten.
Ich hab jetzt zwei Endzeit-Thriller hintereinander gelesen. Während man bei McCammon förmlich ins Buch gesogen wird, darf man ihm hier nicht zu nahe kommen.
M. Hunter sorgt mit ihrem sprachexperimentellen ABC dafür, dass man sich mit keiner Figur identifizieren ...more
Beautifully and frustratingly sparse. This book is written in absolutely stunning prose that in places feels like poetry. It is stylistically wonderful - its sparseness works great in conveying the way the world has shrunk around the protagonist; minimizing her field of vision around the essentials: her new-born son and her husband.
Set in the not so distant future when the oceans have risen dramatically and drowned much of England, the main character has just given birth to her son when she has ...more
‘’In the darkness demons flew. Their shapes made a fearful noise until a voice called out, and they were still, and the silence was complete.’’
When we have read 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale , it is reasonable to believe that it would be rather difficult to be touched by any other dystopian novel. Yet, we may be mistaken. At least, I was. Frightfully. I frankly don’t know where to begin with The End We Start From. It shocked me, frightened me, moved me and disturbed me. And as far as I am conce ...more