Migrations

“It’s not life I’m tired of, with its astonishing ocean currents and layers of ice and all the delicate feathers that make up a wing. It’s myself.”

Thank you to Flatiron Books for gifting me a copy of MIGRATIONS by Charlotte McConaghy. 

“Franny Stone has always been a wanderer. By following the ocean’s tides and the birds that soar above, she can forget the losses that have haunted her life. But when the wild she so loves begins to disappear, Franny can no longer wander without a destination. She arrives in remote Greenland with one purpose: to find the world’s last flock of Arctic terns and follow them on their final migration. She convinces Ennis Malone, captain of the Saghani, to take her on board, winning over his salty, eccentric crew with promises that the birds she is tracking will lead them to fish.

As the Saghani fights its way south, Franny’s new shipmates begin to realize that the beguiling scientist in their midst is not who she seems. Battered by night terrors, accumulating a pile of letters to her husband, and dead set on following the terns at any cost, Franny is full of dark secrets. When the story of her past begins to unspool, Ennis and his crew must ask themselves what Franny is running toward—and running from.”

The first few pages of this book were compelling and well thought out but I didn’t feel as strong of a connection to the story as I had originally thought I would. I sat the book down and after giving it some thought, I decided to try listening to it on audiobook through LibroFm (use code ‘BOOKENDLISTENS” for 2for1 audiobooks) and started the book over. 

There was something so mesmerizing about the narrator’s voice that I found myself unable to stop listening to MIGRATIONS. Maybe it was the emotion that was perfectly portrayed by her but I felt as if I were listening to Frank Stone as she sat across from me telling her story. 

MIGRATIONS hit me right in the heart as the author portrayed but oh world could look like if we don’t begin taking the environment and our wildlife seriously. The utter devastation that I felt as Franny described the last of the birds dying out, the heaps of trash discovered floating in the ocean, and the disappearance of all fish. I would like to consider myself an environmentally friendly person but this book made me stop to think that I could do more. 

I also enjoyed that there was an added mystery added to the story. Why was Franny running from her life? What did she do that landed her locked inside a prison? It kept me guessing and left me devastated for her and her unimaginable loss.

Thank you again to Flatiron Books for the opportunity to read and review this book; and, thank you to LibroFM for offering an outstanding listening experience! 

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