The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy – Our Review
ABIA Longlist 2021 – Literary Fiction Book of the Year
Simply beautiful, The Last Migration is a darkly brooding journey into the past and very real present of a troubled young naturalist Franny Stone.
We first meet her on the treacherous slopes of Greenland tagging endangered Arctic Terns.
Her story unfolds as she talks her way onto the somewhat fascinating crew of an Arctic Fishing Trawler. Her intent is to follow the Arctic Terns on what may well be their final annual migration, from their nesting grounds in the Arctic to Australia and Antarctica.
For the birds this flight is instinctual, they have no choice, they are driven to abandoning their nests and make their long treacherous journey south. Metaphorically, since a young age, Franny too is driven to constantly move and abandon all she knows by forces she cannot control or understand.
This glorious novel ticks all the boxes for me…an epic adventure, with an achingly fractured but intensely likeable protagonist coupled with an exploration of the fragility and beauty of the natural world. Five stars.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books