The Island

AUTHOR: M.A BENNETT • GENRE: CONTEMPORARY YA FICTION • PAGES: 304 • RRP: $19.99 • RELEASE DATE: 25 July 2018 • PUBLISHER: HOT KEY BOOKS • SUPPLYING PUBLISHER: ALLEN & UNWIN


Synopsis

A contemporary take on the savage classic Lord of the Flies: a group of mismatched, modern-day teenagers must fight to survive on a deserted island.

Link is a fish out of water. Newly arrived from America, he is finding it hard to settle into the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? And what kind of school ranks it students by how fast they can run round the school quad – however ancient that quad may be? When Link runs the slowest time in years, he immediately becomes the butt of every school joke. And some students are determined to make his life more miserable than others…

When a school summer trip is offered, Link can think of nothing worse than spending voluntary time with his worst tormentors. But when his parents say he can only leave Osney School – forever – if he goes on the trip, Link decides to endure it for the ultimate prize. But this particular trip will require a very special sort of endurance. The saying goes ‘No man is an island’ – but what if on that island is a group of teenagers, none of whom particularly like each other? When oppressive heat, hunger and thirst start to bite, everyone’s true colours will be revealed. Let the battle commence…

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My Review

Well I am a wee but conflicted about this book. I liked the premise of the story (even though I thought the twist was very obvious), and I liked the main character (Link) until I really didn’t.

Link (Lincoln), is intensely bullied by the same kids he ends up on the island with so yes he is hurt and doesn’t want to turn back into the victim again. The way he goes about this though makes me really hate him. He turns into a massive jerk that is no better than his tormentors. I particularly took issue with how he treated the girls, it was abhorrent. Yes it was a learning experience and he apparently grew from it but after that I just didn’t think he deserved the forgiveness or a fairytale ending. I am just not one of those “let bygones be bygones” people.

I liked this book. The writing was great and all of the clues were very interesting, but I don’t think I liked Link in the end which isn’t a bad thing. He didn’t particularly like himself either towards the end which is a redeeming factor I suppose. It’s a hard one. I liked the book but not the protagonist. I would love to get your thoughts on this book if you have read it.

Overall Rating:  3.5/5 teacups

Where to buy a copy:

📗 Booktopia
📗 Book Depository

This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

Happy reading x

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