The Migration by Helen MarshallThe Migration by Helen Marshall

The Migration

byHelen Marshall

Paperback | March 5, 2019

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"A dark fable that somehow feels both timeless and urgently topical. The Migration is heart-wringing and powerful, but over and above that, it's just vivid and immersive and enthralling throughout." --M.R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts

When I was younger I didn't know a thing about death. I thought it meant stillness, a body gone limp. A marionette with its strings cut. Death was like a long vacation--a going away. Not this.

Storms and flooding are worsening around the world, and a mysterious immune disorder has begun to afflict the young. Sophie Perella is about to begin her senior year of high school in Toronto when her little sister, Kira, is diagnosed. Their parents' marriage falters under the strain, and Sophie's mother takes the girls to Oxford, England, to live with their Aunt Irene. An Oxford University professor and historical epidemiologist obsessed with relics of the Black Death, Irene works with a Centre that specializes in treating people with the illness. She is a friend to Sophie, and offers a window into a strange and ancient history of human plague and recovery. Sophie just wants to understand what's happening now; but as mortality rates climb, and reports emerge of bodily tremors in the deceased, it becomes clear there is nothing normal about this condition--and that the dead aren't staying dead. When Kira succumbs, Sophie faces an unimaginable choice: let go of the sister she knows, or take action to embrace something terrifying and new.
     Tender and chilling, unsettling and hopeful, The Migration is a story of a young woman's dawning awareness of mortality and the power of the human heart to thrive in cataclysmic circumstances.
HELEN MARSHALL is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of two short story collections and two poetry chapbooks. Her stories and poetry have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Abyss & Apex, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet and She obtained a PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, ...
Title:The MigrationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.19 × 6.24 × 0.8 inPublished:March 5, 2019Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:073527262X

ISBN - 13:9780735272620


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtful and compelling A book that lingers in your mind long after you've finished it. Beautifully written, dark and strange but with a bright thread of hope woven through it.
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique, thought prevoking read I’ve never read a book quite like The Migration. It had me intrigued by the synopsis and then when I started reading, I was quickly engaged with the characters and the strange plight happening to the children around the world. The writing is lovely, conveying the attachment between the sisters and the difficulty that a chronic illness can take on a family. I especially loved the research and imagination shown by the author in developing this strange illness that is plaguing only children. There is a strange, almost sci-fi feel to this book and it won’t be for everyone but I did enjoy this flight of imagination. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.
Date published: 2019-03-05

Editorial Reviews

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE MIGRATION:“Helen Marshall explores the latent wisdom and adaptability of the young in a . . . visionary fashion in her debut novel, The Migration. . . . A moving and genuinely original metaphor for the possibilities and perils of human transformation.” —James Grainger, author of The Long Slide, Toronto Star"A moving study of love, family bonds, climate change and personal transformation. . . . Spectres of climate change and the plague haunt the novel, but what in lesser hands might have been a gloom-laden read is transformed by the author’s quiet optimism.” —The Guardian“Helen Marshall’s debut novel offers a near future where climate change has produced massive flooding and spurred a mysterious sickness in children. . . . Although Marshall seems like she is setting up a zombie story (even Sophie compares the situation to a zombie plague at one point), she avoids that track completely and develops a more original, fantastical turn of events. This isn’t science fiction by a long shot, but Marshall offers the sheen of science, enough distorted suggestiveness to keep the story from drifting into fable.” —The Winnipeg Press“It’s a thoughtful novel that places the love between two sisters at the center, and builds around it an intense sci-fi tale of disease and evolution. . . . Marshall skillfully builds a world only a step away from our own, delving into the parallels with previous periods of worldwide disease and chaos, and conjuring an all-too-realistic near future with a light touch.” —SFX Magazine   “In her debut novel, Marshall adapts [fable, dark fantasy, and myth] to a narrative that simultaneously flirts with dystopia and reckons with mortality. . . . Marshall is painting on a large canvas here and her style is unabashedly baroque: the novel is characterized by a high level of drama, intensity, and movement . . . [The Migration] proves ultimately optimistic about the ability of the human species to adapt to its circumstances.” —Quill & Quire“This beautifully written fictional blend of biology, history, and the human heart is a clear-eyed, clean-limbed parable of change. Marshall’s close focus on the nature of emotional and physical metamorphosis becomes a blazing emblem of the transcendent power of hope.” —Nicola Griffith, author of the Light of the World trilogy   “A dark fable that somehow feels both timeless and urgently topical. The Migration is heart-wringing and powerful, but over and above that, it’s just vivid and immersive and enthralling throughout.” —M.R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts   “Intelligent, dark, wildly inventive, The Migration does more than put a new twist on the apocalyptic outbreak novel. It dares to be full of heart and full of difficult, defiant hope.” —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the WorldPRAISE FOR HELEN MARSHALL:“Helen Marshall is a writer who creates real people in real situations, then uses the fantastic to pry her way inside her readers’ ribcages and break us wide open.” —Neil Gaiman, international bestselling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane“Marshall is a master at bizarre, myth-infused scenarios that play on a reader’s subconscious in ways creepy and oddly pleasurable. . . . By introducing elements of the uncanny into relatively everyday scenarios, Marshall creates effects that are both otherworldly and immediate.” —National Post “Marshall exhibits a bracing refusal to play to expectations, taking left turns where others would travel a straight line. It’s one thing to make the strange appear familiar; Marshall’s true gift lies in the opposite direction, where what was familiar is warped beyond recognition. . . . [A] marvellously unnerving collection. . . . Gifts for the One Who Comes After, saturated with tales of omens and curses, is a gift for the one who comes looking.” —Quill & Quire