The End of the Ocean, (Climate Quartet #2) by Maja Lunde translated by Diane Oatley

1. First lines. 2. Published 2019 Simon & Schuster Originally published as “Blå” in Norwegian by Aschehoug, Oslo, 2017. 3. Mountains sailing boats Norway by Hans Bischoff [Free for commercial use; No attribution required.] via Pixabay
A very timely theme – the environment matters.

Signe is a Norwegian journalist and activist who objects to the damming of a river, and to the export of glacial ice. She decides to steal the packaged ice before it leaves the country. Onward twenty years in 2041, David and his daughter are living in a refugee camp in France, trying to escape the five-year drought and a worsening war. They want to travel north where water is more available. Although Signe and David never meet, David finds a connection to her in a backyard near the camp.

“It was as if the city, the country of Norway, had just woken up. We looked towards the world, became a part of a huge movement, fought alongside people from all over the world against the Vietnam War, nuclear power, atomic testing bombings in the Pacific Ocean, but also fought our own battles, against the European Community, for legalized abortion and the right to choose, for the conservation of Norwegian natural resources and wildlife.”

“Finally I have ice under my feet; every step makes a noise, a slight crunching sound. I keep going, and now I can see the extraction area, the gouges in the grayish-white glacier, and deep gashes in the blue interior where the ice has been cut away.”

~Quotes from The End of the Ocean” by Maja Lunde.
  • Kirkus: “Two stories on the impact of climate change intersect in this thoughtful and suspenseful novel.”
  • Better Reading: “This is more than a climate themed novel, although it is that too. The End of the Ocean is a stunning book about survival, humanity and love. It is about the importance of water. Beautifully written, with polished prose and seamlessly delivered timelines, it is deeply disturbing. It’s not so much a warning for humanity, but more a glimpse into where we are headed whether we like it or not now. It’s brutally real, and uncomfortable to read at times.”

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Author: Maja Lunde

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