Reality is connections, not things: The Collapsing Wave by Doug Johnstone #bookreview #TheCollapsingWave

Ava, Lennox and Heather make contact with alien Sandy and head for a profound confrontation that could mean a possible brighter future … or the decimation of the Encedalons and the entire human race. The awe-inspiring, exquisite moving sequel to The Space Between Us, as seen on BBC Two’ s Between the Covers.
Six months since the earth-shattering events of The Space Between Us, the revelatory hope of the aliens’ visit has turned to dust and the creatures have disappeared into the water off Scotland’s west coast.
Teenager Lennox and grieving mother Heather are being held in New Broom, a makeshift US military base, the subject of experiments, alongside the Enceladons who have been captured by the authorities.
Ava, who has given birth, is awaiting the jury verdict at her trial for the murder of her husband. And MI7 agent Oscar Fellowes, who has been sidelined by the US military, is beginning to think he might be on the wrong side of history.
When alien Sandy makes contact, Lennox and Heather make a plan to escape with Ava. All three of them are heading for a profound confrontation between the worst of humanity and a possible brighter future, as the stakes get higher for the alien Enceladons and the entire human race…
Sequel to the bestselling The Space Between Us, The Collapsing Wave is an exquisite, epic first-contact novel, laced with peril and populated by unforgettable characters, and the awe-inspiring book we all need right now…


Hi and welcome to my review of The Collapsing Wave!

The Collapsing Wave is the second book in the Enceladons trilogy and yes, you do really need to read The Space Between Us first. Not only because The Collapsing Wave picks up right after the events in The Space Between Us and you really do need prior knowledge to fully feel (yes, feel) The Collapsing Wave, but also because The Space Between Us is just magnificent and you’d be missing out if you don’t read it.

Just like its predecessor, The Collapsing Wave is sci-fi for people who don’t particularly like sci-fi. Kinda like ET. Sure, there are extraterrestrial beings on Earth, that’s clearly sci-fi, but in the total scheme of things, that’s not what’s important. What matters is connections and interactions and reactions. What do people do when faced with an extraterrestrial? At least ET had a home to go back to, Sandy and their fellow Enceladons don’t have that option, they had to flee their home and came to Earth as refugees. And while some people welcome them and are open to learn from them, the powers that be have declared them illegals and are also trying to learn a thing or two, but through experiments and torture, rather than, say, oh I dunno, communication. Sigh. A little too realistic for comfort.

I loved The Space Between Us, and I loved The Collapsing Wave just as much. I was glued to my Kobo, I had to know what would happen to my favourite people, and my favourite extraterrestrial. Leave it to Doug Johnstone to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about an octopus-like alien and all its cephalopod-like friends.

The Collapsing Wave is a thought-provoking, gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking and heart-rending story that makes you forget that it’s fiction, and sci-fi to boot. The injustice and machismo were hard to swallow at times, and The Collapsing Wave really does touch a raw nerve there. To counter all that, there is such love permeating this story, and a feeling of hope, like maybe mankind isn’t entirely lost after all.

The Collapsing Wave is a fantastic book in every way, and nothing I can say can do it justice. Just read it.

The Collapsing Wave is out in digital formats and paperback on 14 March. Pre-order it directly from Orenda Books here.

Massive thanks to Orenda Books for the digital proof. All opinions are my own.

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