Review: The Island-A Dystopian Novella: (The Island Series #1) by Jen Minkman
Series: The Island #1
Published by: Self Published on 6/01/2013
Genres: Dystopian, Novella, YA
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.
Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.
If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.
I have never seen one.
Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?
Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?
What the heck did I just read?!?!?!?!
The Island completely blindsided me when I found it on my kindle. I’m not one to randomly read anything, most of the time I know exactly what I’m reading next, and what genre. However, I was bored on New Year’s Eve (yeah I didn’t want to go out #nerdproblems), and I was flipping through all of the freebies I’ve picked up over the last several months. I saw the cover for The Island and BOOM…I wanted to read it and know what it was about. Strangely enough, I didn’t read the synopsis which is also unusual for me. I simply opened it to chapter one, read a few sentences, and then read a few more. Next thing I know, I’ve finished the entire novella in a few short hours! Talk about a whirlwind adventure!
It was Un-Put-Down-ABLE!
Because it’s so short I won’t get into the details. But I will say that I could not stop reading! And once you catch on to one of the plot twists, it makes The Island all the more enjoyable. Now, I will warn you that there are some telling parts and the characters aren’t all that deep (because it’s so short), but man does The Island make you crave more of them and the mystery. Heck, I even downloaded The Waves (book 2) and The Deep (book 3). GAH! I LOVE it when a book makes me do an EPIC Double Take!
Overall, if you crave fast action, dystopian, mysteries, with crazy plot twists and LOL WTF moments, then The Island is the book for you!
It’s FREE RUN AND GRAB IT!