The Wall (The Island, #1)

The Wall (The Island, #1)

by Jen Minkman

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FULLY UPDATED EDITION. This is a revised edition of the novellas The Island & The Waves combined into one storyline with brand new content.

'I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.
Our world is small. We’re on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us as taught to us by our forefathers. 
If I were to walk westward from here, I’d come across a barrier - the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that's what everyone says. I’ve never seen one.'

Leia lives on an island where children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they’re just ten years old. Across the island runs a Wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it should be shunned because they believe in salvation from across the sea. That's what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors. 
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same again. Walt, the boy from the other side of the Wall, isn’t as foolish as she was always led to believe. And as Leia and Walt set out to bring the truth about both their societies to light, all the things they once took for granted fall by the wayside.

Their island world is about to change... for better or for worse.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148574941
Publisher: Dutch Venture Publishing
Publication date: 10/03/2013
Series: The Island , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 721,352
File size: 416 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

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The Wall (The Island, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth buying #2! Totally enjoyed!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book AND author of our time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best of all books. But keep me intrigued to finish the book.
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
It’s been a few years since I first read The Island by Jen Minkman. The Waves is the second novella in The Island series, though instead of being a book two, it’s a parallel story to The Island. While this is a story parallel to the first novella, telling the story of life on the other side of Tresco, it’s also a little more in-depth of a story. What I like best about these books isn’t that there’s action or romance or anything like that, but that there’s a well-written backstory to how the two settlements on this island came to be, and what happened to the world. Even though I knew what would be revealed in The Waves because I read The Island, I was drawn in as the story unfolded. It was a different culture dealing with the new information about its history. It was also a different prescriptive put on the events that take place later in the story. Minkman, again, entertains her readers, makes them think into the deeper meanings behind Tresco’s history, and also makes readers meditate on faith and what it means to believe, no matter what it is that one believes in. There’s a third book in this series now, The Deep, and it seems to continue from where the first two books left off. The story will move forward, and I plan on moving forward with the characters. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for them.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
What lies beyond the wall? The answer to that question is in The Waves, book two in The Island Series, by Jen Minkman. Meet Walt, the boy Leia found in book one, The Island. told from his perspective, on the other side of the wall, in Hope Harbor, where its citizens believe a powerful being will come for them and until then, all is good, almost too good. Walt is restless, he wants to explore the world he has never seen, and with his cousin Yorrick, they were to take they future into their own hands and create their own destiny. What happened next will forever change Walt as he alone meets Leia and sees her world, so near physically, yet light years apart in their way of life. Is power destined to create corruption if it is not tempered with integrity and knowledge? Can two worlds so different find a common ground? Once again, Jen Minkman colors her world with bold and dark strokes, filled it with shady characters and defining the main character crisply. Is there a message in her words? I believe her style of writing allows the reader to add on mentally and draw their own conclusions, while still enjoying this detailed, yet short read. Definitely put this on your Dystopian “to read list!”
niyatimav More than 1 year ago
The book begins with Walt trying to come to terms with his life. His grandpa wants him to have a certain set of beliefs which he isn’t sure he endorses. He is curious about his origins and questions why the townspeople believe what they do. When Walt’s cousin springs a plan to question the elders and their beliefs, he is killed in a freak accident. Only Walt knows otherwise. After his grandpa’s death, Walt finds himself discovering mysteries and questions. When he meets someone from the other side, or the Unbelievers side, his life changes. Follow Walt’s journey in this incredible sequel to the dynamic masterpiece, The Island, I LOVED THE COVER!! It just makes me want to buy the book and read it ASAP!! In contrast to the first book, the Waves are more slowly put out as Walt finds himself unbelieving everything he grew up with. He meets one of the Fools and finds himself interested in their thinking. When he finds Leia in trouble and discovers something that will threaten all their beliefs, he takes the step of setting sail with Leia to quell the problems over to the other side of Tresco. What I loved about the book 1. The Fact that Beliefs need not stay the same: What I’ve observed is that, although time moves on, beliefs still stay the same. While being an Indian, belief is the core of my tradition but there are so many outdated beliefs which need to be modernised and let go. The strength to change beliefs which do not apply anymore and the courage to take the step to make that change is HUGE. Walt symbolised that to me. I feel if everyone could take this small step of bringing about a more harmonious way of life, then international relations would be so much more better than what they are currently. 2. The Fact that you should Nurture your thoughts even if the world thinks otherwise Walt was trained to think that Annabelle and the ship will come some time in the future. His whole community waited in anticipation of it. Walt wanted to explore outer waters, what other people had not experienced before. He nurtured that dream and took steps towards it. I think many of us are unhappy with our lives because we crush many many of our dreams left, right and centre. This over time builds to a lot of guilt and feeling that life could have been much better than what it was. 3. Hope brings us the boost we need to live life This world is a mass of negativity, and nobody is going to help you survive. It is something you must learn for yourself. Fending for yourself is always helped knowing that there is Hope. This series is about 2 people who had a hope of something better and different. It took me a little longer to read this and fully understand. While I love the Island a little more, being a first born of a series, the Waves gives you a lot of fodder to chew on as well. And not to mention Jen is at her classic best in this series.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Jen Minkman has taken me on many adventures through her stories and The Waves, sequel to the Island, was no different. I was drawn into a world so that was intriguing and full of mystery. This story tells us about the other side of the Island, of its people, their beliefs, and their hopes for the future. Walt is set on the path of discovery and finds things that shake his foundation. Will he lose his faith? Has everything they been told a lie? The character development, the relationships, and the utter faith that these characters show is captivating and beautiful. I was completely mesmerized by Walt's quest, his strength of spirit, and his determination. This is a story that will reel you in, make you question your beliefs, and will show you the raw strength of the human spirit. From the first page until the last you will be glued to the pages, seeking out truths. Defiantly a book you will not be able to put down until the last word is read!
WordVagabondReviews More than 1 year ago
Jen Minkman’s new novella, The Waves, tells the other side of the story she began in The Island. Walt is the nephew of the Bookkeeper, the leader of the people of Hope Harbor. The residents of Walt’s side of the island are waiting for their Goddess, Annabelle, to come on a ship from the Other Side and save them. This is what they have been taught by their priests to put their faith in. But when Walt’s cousin, apprentice to the Bookkeeper, discovers some documents that seem to contradict the priests’ teachings, Walt begins to harbor doubts. When a ship finally does arrive from the other side, will his faith be broken completely, or can the residents of the island find something new to believe in? This sequel is much stronger than Minkman’s previous novella, The Island. The view it gives of the other side of the island seems better developed, and there is a solid plot and a good dose of intrigue to move the story along. Character development takes place largely through Walt’s relationships with his family, which are complex and a strong theme throughout the book. This is in direct contrast to The Island, in which family connections were, by design, nearly non-existent. Here they are deeply affecting, and it’s clear how much Walt’s family has influenced and shaped him. Another theme, present in both books, is the questioning of organized religion as opposed to personal faith. On both sides of the island, the ideals of the children who founded their societies have become rigid, codified systems of belief. These systems are fragile, falling apart rapidly when citizens are given reason to question them. However, the author presents the notion that a stronger society can develop when faith is more adaptable. I was impressed with the delicacy with which Minkman handled two threads that could easily have been overdone. First, she addresses the islanders’ unfamiliarity with technology without making them look primitive and unintelligent. The romantic subplot between Walt and Leia also feels authentic for characters of their age and experience. This is refreshing to me, as so many books treat young adult romances with a gratuitously heavy hand. My only criticism is that the book begins to list slightly towards melodrama near the end, but overall I found the ending, and the book as a whole, to be both intriguing and satisfying.
Charlie-Bennett More than 1 year ago
I love this novella series... Both books have been very fast paced and hard to put down, the author manages to describe the characters in good detail and keep you glued to the book.  The Waves didn't disappoint, I wanted to hear what happened next with Walt and Leia but this book tells the story of Walt and The Fools. It's a short book so you can easily finish it in a few hours, my only complaint with it is that I wish it was longer, but I'll just have to wait until the next instalment is released to find out what happens next.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... in all respects.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago