Title: The Island written by Jen Minkman
Genre: YA Fiction – Dystopia, Sci-Fi
Published by Self- Published (Createspace)
Page count: 105
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 3/5 – I liked it
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #30
Life on the island begins when you are ten years old. It is then that you break away from your parents and go to live at the manor where you will learn how to become an adult and take care of yourself. This is the reality of life for Leia and her twin brother Colin.
As Leia and Colin try to survive under the tyrannical reign of Saul, the leader of the manor, curious Leia stumbles upon secrets that are being withheld from them. When Leia meets a fool – a young, handsome boy who lives on the other side of the wall that secludes their part of the island, she discovers more than what she bargains for and her world changes forever.
I received The Island from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was first drawn to The Island because of it’s beautiful, striking cover. It’s haunting! It’s one of those book covers that immediately draws your attention and piques your curiosity. Reading the description made me that much more intrigued because it sounded amazing.
It is a piece of dystopic fiction which is a subgenre that is right up my alley as you can tell by the myriad of dystopian literature books I read and review on this blog.
The Island is different though. It is a dystopian story about a society whose beliefs and mythology is based on Star Wars. This was really a really interesting concept to me and I was eager to dig into the story to see what it was all about and where the author would go with this concept. When I was reading through the story I didn’t really see how that part of the story fit in with the rest of it but it does get wrapped up nicely for us towards the end. I felt myself really interested in knowing how the society came to build their beliefs based on Star Wars and how it is tied to this “book” the main character keeps mentioning but towards the end we do get a good explanation as to how this all came about.
I didn’t love the story as I do most dystopic novels but this story was really short and I think that if it had been longer with more detail and more story I would have loved it more. It was a really short, light read (Goodreads puts it at 105 pages) and you will breeze through it because it is definitely interesting…I do think that the pace of the story and content of the story was written really well for the length of the book albeit, short. I really liked the ending of this story, it ends on a really hopeful note which I loved. This story is just so different and original.
I’d have to conclude that although this is not among my favorite dystopic stories, it is definitely interesting and worthy of a read. Like I said, it is a super light read and I read it in a few hours. The premise is interesting so it will keep you interested, I just wish it were longer!