The End We Start From

The End We Start From

Book - 2017
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As London is submerged below floodwaters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, she and her baby are forced to leave their home in search of safety. They head north through a newly dangerous country seeking refuge from place to place. The story traces fear and wonder as the baby grows, thriving and content against all the odds.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2017
Edition: First American hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780802126894
Branch Call Number: Fiction Hun
Characteristics: 136 pages ; 20 cm


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Nov 19, 2018

This is a poetic, magical-realism-ish, beautifully written take on the classic end-of-the-world story. I love the sparseness and "separated" aspect- how everyone's names are just their first initials (R, Z, O, etc.)- and the big details about what is actually happening to the world are not at the forefront. All we really know is that the world has flooded and people are being displaced. I loved this new take on such an old genre and I anticipate future writings from Megan Hunter.

Apr 05, 2018

The conceit of the story was lost on me.

Mar 03, 2018

A wonderful quick read. The author was restrained, yet very deliberate with her chosen words to evoke a beautiful story. A true artist- a wonderful poem!

LPL_KateG Jan 02, 2018

Woo, this is a great and quick read. Its sparse style makes the emotional impact of the story all the more profound. Fans of "cli-fi" (climate fiction) will enjoy this one, as well as anyone who likes an emotionally charged post-apoc story.

Nicr Oct 01, 2017

Climate change has led to water levels rising faster than anticipated. London is suddenly uninhabitable. Into this, a woman has given birth to a son. A brief, poetic, disturbingly plausible experience.

JCLJessG Sep 27, 2017

The world (as far as we are made aware) has flooded, and our protagonist gives birth to a baby we only know as Z. As people and resources disappear, her main goals are to keep her baby alive and still find moments of joy and connection in her new life. Climate fiction with a poetic lens.

Ultimately, I wanted to like this book more. A story of a refugee mother and what she endures to survive has the power to be compelling and beautiful. However, despite some lovely writing, it fell flat for me while reading it. The characters were hidden behind letters as names, and it was difficult to be drawn into their world. I'm sure this was intentional, to emphasize the impermanence of the day to day and that their survival was dependent on an ability to adapt. Sadly, it didn't resonate as much as I had hoped.


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