Title: The Island
Series: The Island #1
Author: Jen Minkman
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Published Date: June 1st 2013
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Page Count: 138
My Rating: ★ ★
‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.
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
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.’
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
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?
"If you don't like someone's leadership, you have to step up and become a leader yourself. But if you can't there's nothing you can do about it."
I didn't really know what to expect going into this story. After
getting this book for free, on my kindle app earlier this year I just
ended up forgetting about it sadly.
At first I just thought this
was a normal dystopian type of story. After awhile of reading it, though
I realized that it was very Star Wars oriented. I don't feel like this
really took awhile from the story much, besides the fact that any time
the character names were mentioned the star wars characters were the
ones I would see first. I would like to say that this is not Star Wars
fan fiction like a lot of people have said in their reviews.
Now for what the story is actually about. Leia
and Colin are twins and have reached there tenth birthday. In this
society once the children reach their tenth birthday they leave their
parents' house and go live with all the other children in the town so
that they can learn to provide for themselves.
The only problem
with this though is at the moment they have a dictator of sorts Saul and
his younger brother Ben who have taken over the children's home and
decided to become the rulers of it. If it had been anyone else besides
these two it could have worked sadly it was not and Saul and Ben made
everyone else's lives hell unless they were big enough or not as smart
as them and then they made you their minions who had to do the dirty
I'm not going to talk about all of the characters since this is a novella. But I would like to talk about Leia
and how even though she did end up a liking a guy she didn't let that
become her main focus. Instead, she turned into this really strong young
lady who took control of situations and did what needed to be done to
save her community.
I would recommend this book if you're looking for a short read with a strong female character.