The Island (The Island series) by Jen Minkman

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Official Rating: 1/5

Synopsis:

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?

My review:

This book..could you even call it a book? It’s really a fanfiction that got published to be honest. It’s very short and I didn’t enjoy it very much. The synopsis is very misleading. The plot is based around a book called “The Book” which is essentially..wait for it..a retelling of Star Wars. Yes. Star Wars. This is a Star Wars fanfiction.

First off, Leia, our “heroine,” is heartless. When she and her brother, Colin, leave their parents this is how her thoughts play out: “Colin coughs. “I go my own way,” he says with a quiver in his voice. His eyes search our mother’s. “I stand on my own two feet.” A tear rolls down his cheek. He’s having a hard time with this. Oh well.” What? He’s having a hard time leaving his parents at ten years old..that’s perfectly acceptable. What was unacceptable is that Leia didn’t seem upset at all. (spoiler) At one point, her Dad dies. This is her response: “I have gone my own way. I can stand on my own two feet. I don’t need my parents, and they won’t be there for me. The Force is the only thing we can rely on. So why do I feel so terribly sad and empty after hearing this news?” It might be because your Dad died. I don’t know.. the fatherly figure who helped raise you for ten years?

The rest of the characters were boring and unimaginative, except for maybe the Fool (who I think was named Will). He had some potential.

The book was rather short, so my review is short as well. I definitely wouldn’t recommend the book.

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