Migrations [book, audiobook]

 Migrations [book, audiobook]

I HAVE SUCH DEEPLY CONFLICTED FEELINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK. THE GENERAL IDEA IS A VERY NEAR FUTURE WHERE A RAPID TOTAL ECOLOGICAL COLLAPSE IS OCCURRING AND A SCIENTIST IS FOLLOWING THE LAST MIGRATION OF ARCTIC TERNS WHO ARE SOME OF THE LAST BIRDS ON EARTH, THEN THEMATICALLY IT'S THE STORY OF THE WOMAN WHO LIVED HER WHOLE LIFE NEVER ABLE TO STAY IN ONE PLACE. A LOT OF IT'S GREAT. THE MOMENT TO MOMENT WRITING IS GREAT. I LOVE HOW THE COLLAPSE IS WRITTEN, WHERE MOST OF THE BOOK TAKES PLACE IN THE ARCTIC OR ON SHIPS BUT IT'S ALWAYS PRESENTED AS THIS SAD NEWS STORY THAT MIGHT EVENTUALLY KILL EVERYONE THAT PEOPLE CARE ABOUT BUT NOT REALLY AND THAT FEELS SO AUTHENTIC. I WANT TO LIKE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.

I THINK IT FEELS LIKE IT HAS ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK DISEASE. A LOT OF THE BOOK IS FLASHBACKS THAT ARE MEANT TO TAKE A THING YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CHARACTER AND RE-CONTEXTUALIZE IT BUT THEY KEEP DOING IT SO IT'S LOOPING THROUGH THE SAME EVENTS MULTIPLE TIMES WITH LIKE "ALSO I HAD AMNESIA SO I FORGOT THIS IMPORTANT PART" AND JUST WEIRD WORD GAMES WHERE THEY TALK ABOUT ONE THING AND THAT IS A TWIST THEN IT'S LATER A TWIST THAT IT WASN'T THAT. IT FEELS SO OUT OF PLACE FOR THE BOOK. IT'S A GROUNDED EMOTIONAL STORY. HAVE BIG WEIRD TWIST BASED STORY TELLING IF THE BOOK WAS LIKE, SCI-FI THRILLER. LIKE IF THIS WAS 'LOST' AND THIS WAS SOME EPIC SCIFI MYSTERY THRILLER AND THE TWIST WAS SHE CAUSED THE COLLAPSE OR SOMETHING THEN SURE, TIE PERSONAL MYSTERIES IN. BUT LIKE, WHY WOULD THIS SPECIFIC BE SO WEIRDLY CONVOLUTED ABOUT MYSTERIES ABOUT LIKE, HER MOM. WHO CARES? WHY WRITE IT LIKE THAT. IT NEVER ADDED ANYTHING. IT ALL FEELS LIKE THE ULTIMATE ANSWERS MUDDLED THE CENTRAL METAPHOR ANYWAY.

PS. I THINK THE BOOK JUST RUBBED ME THE WRONG WAY. I THINK I HATE HOW MUCH THE MAIN CHARACTER IS AN ACTUAL BAD PERSON. LIKE IT HAS SUCH A BIG "STOP BLAMING YOURSELF, IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT, FORGIVE YOURSELF" THAT WAS LIKE, YEAH, SOME OF THIS STUFF WASN'T YOUR FAULT, BUT LIKE, A LOT OF IT TOTALLY IS.  I FEEL LIKE THE BOOK NEVER MADE THE LOOP AROUND QUITE ENOUGH TO FIGURE OUT SHE WAS THE SAME AS THE PERSON SNEAKING IN A ZOO AND KILLING THE LAST ELEPHANT FOR IVORY. OR LIKE, THAT SHE NEEDED TO FORGIVE HERSELF FOR ONE DEATH BECAUSE IT WASN'T HER FAULT BUT THEN THE OTHER DEATHS WERE LIKE, SO EXTREMELY MUCH HER FAULT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE LIKE 5 DIFFERENT WAYS. LIKE THE BOOK HAD NO AWARENESS THAT LIKE, HER FINAL ACT IN THE BOOK IS LIKE, JUST THROWING A BUNCH OF TRASH ONTO NATURE BECAUSE IT'S MEANINGFUL TO HER THEN LIKE, RETURNING HER BODY TO NATURE WHICH THE BOOK MADE A BIG DEAL ABOUT THEN BEING LIKE "NAH, I DON'T WANNA ANYMORE" I FEEL SO WORKED UP ABOUT THIS! I FEEL LIKE THEY HAD TO MAKE THE PROTESTOR A RAPIST BECAUSE OTHERWISE HE IS SO ENTIRELY CORRECT.

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