Two decades later, and humanity’s biggest fears have been realised: the environment has been destroyed. As a drought spreads across the globe, David and his family have no choice but to flee their home in search of salvation and water. Yet in the panicked moments of their departure, David loses his wife and son, and all that remains of his former life is his young daughter, Lou. As conditions worsen and the prospect of doom creeps ever nearer, the pair discover an abandoned boat, and with it, hope.
Despite not quite hitting the 400-page mark, The End of the Ocean is an expansive novel that hides a universe between its covers. Between a heartfelt call for humanity to ease its selfish destruction of the environment and the blossoming of hope and love in two families, Maja Lunde has presented a terrific escape. Not only is this book well-written, but it is engaging, poetic, and poignant. In fact, it’s hard to consider the earth’s future as it is represented in this book as ‘dystopian’. The dried-up husk of an earth that Lunde warns of is already a growing reality, making The End of the Ocean less a work of heart-racing fiction and more of a dooming prediction. To prevent our doom, we must change, and this book is another in a long and vital line of literature that begs us to do just that.
The End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde is published by Scribner, a Simon and Schuster company, and is available in South Africa from Jonathan Ball Publishers.