The End We Start From

The End We Start From


An environmental disaster has struck and London has flooded. In the midst of all the chaos a woman has given birth to her first son.

As the days pass the unnamed woman, her son Z and the father R are forced to move from place to place in search of security.

Our Review

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter has been on my to be read list for a few months now but a reading slump meant I only got around to reading it today.

I was disappointed in this book and found it difficult to read from the beginning. Firstly, I didn’t like the way the characters in the book we referred to only by letters rather than by names. I felt that this distanced the reader too much from them.

It only took me two hours to read The End We Start From but I can’t say that was because I was eager to find out what happened. Equally I cannot say it was because I hated it and wanted to get it over and done with. The best I can say is that this book made me indifferent.

The book begins with an unnamed pregnant woman about to give birth in London. Sometime before the birth reports start to come in off floods in the capital and there are some suggestions she and her husband R may need to move.

Before they can move she goes into hospital to give birth and whilst there hears news reports stating that her flat is no under water. Later R brings the news in to her in person.

When she is discharged from hospital she and R and baby Z head for his parents house in the mountains.

As the book progresses there are riots and refugee camps and abandonment but through it all the woman clings to the hope she feels when she sees her little boy.

I would say The End We Start From was nothing special but it was readable.

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