Book Title: The End We Start From
Author: Megan Hunter
Publication Date: May 18th 2017
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Romance, General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: Paperback
Goodreads: 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 family’s world – of new life and new hope – sings with love.
My Review: I would like to thank Picador, Pan Macmillan, Camilla Elworthy, and of course the hugely talented Megan Hunter for allowing me to read an advanced proof of The End We Start From. I chose to read this advanced proof and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Where shall I begin with this review I ask???? I don’t quite know really to be honest … this is a novel that has really got me. It is like nothing I’ve read before. The prose is exquisite, yet at the same time absolutely petrifying. I have never crossed paths with a book that contains not one section of speech – not a single character bares any words, yet the entire story is compelling, gripping and intense. WOW!! It wraps you in a blanket and doesn’t let you go until you’ve read the final word.
Set in a dystopian world where each character is only known by an initial, a woman gives birth for the first time in a city engulfed by flooding – the apocalypse on the horizon. The novel follows the journey of her becoming a mother and bringing up the baby alone once she loses contact with her partner. In a terrifying and dangerous arena, she finds herself – along with others she meets on her journey – forced to become refugees. The rest of course … you will have to wait until the novel’s release, sorry!!
One thing I adored about the novel – amongst many other things – are the uplifting snippets throughout that Megan Hunter has taken from mythical and religious worldly texts.
Read in one sitting, this is one novel I may have to pick up again some time to indulge again!
About the author: Megan Hunter was born in Manchester in 1984, and now lives in Cambridge with her young family. She has a BA in English Literature from Sussex University, and an MPhil in English Literature: Criticism and Culture from Jesus College, Cambridge. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and she was a finalist for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award with her short story ‘Selfing’.
Megan’s first book, The End We Start From, will be published in 2017 by Picador (UK), Grove Atlantic (USA/Canada), Gallimard (France), Beck (Germany), Hollands Diep (Holland), and Elsinore (Portugal).