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- ASIN : B00UIP1BJG
- Publisher : Pickles Press (March 10, 2015)
- Publication date : March 10, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3736 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 202 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,894 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The world ‘ended’ over three hundred years ago except for (for some reason) one island in the pacific northwest inhabited by the intellectually challenged. The island is ruled by a group of elders who keep secrets from the islanders for no reason at all. They know (vaguely) what happened to end the world but they’re not saying because…well, then there wouldn’t be a book. Apparently, the author couldn't think of a good reason for the elders to keep it a secret. The elders are more concerned with punishing people that question their authority and competence than actual survival. Our MC, Ashley is one of those people that question the incompetent elders. She’s an expert net maker. Her net-making skills are far beyond that of her peers. No one makes nets as good as Ashley and we have to read about it over and over as if she had some magical, mystical power or rare ability.
The opening scene of the book reads like a sarcastic spoof of an accidental murder. Ashley and the guy she thinks is really keen, Mason, kill Ashley’s match—a real bad guy that hits her and doesn’t like her very much, so it’s okay that they killed him. He staggers around with a knife wound as he adds to the plot and bleeds all over the place for a ridiculous amount of time. It reminded me of The Naked Gun when a character is shot and staggers around the room, getting wet paint on his jacket and putting his hand on a hot stove by accident. Rather than explain that it was an accident, Mason lets the elders take him away to be executed and Ashley feels bad about it. So, naturally, she goes poking around the ‘forbidden zone’ and you just know she’s going to find something that drives the plot in the direction the author is trying so hard to go. She finds two canoes. (The elders are not smart enough to make outrigger canoes so they’re just regular canoes that tip over easily in the Pacific Ocean.) But, oh no, Ashely is caught finding the canoes! What a twist. Now what? As punishment, the elders in their infinite wisdom decide to let her take one of the canoes and leave just like she wanted to. That’ll teach her a lesson. The conversation in which the elders decide this makes no sense whatsoever. They might as well have said, “We need her to take one of the canoes to further the story.” And, just to make things make even less sense, guess what? Yes, of course, they decide with the same convoluted logic to send Mason after her, instead of executing him for murder. That’s right, who would have guessed, the elders tell Mason to take the second and only remaining canoe and go after Ashley AND, even though the whole island knows Mason is all into Ashley to the point that he’d accept being executed to keep her safe, the elders tell her to kill Ashley when he catches up to her. Now, in case it wasn’t painfully obvious, this is actually all part of the elders stupid plot to have them explore the mainland without giving them even a shred of information. Pretty smart plan. Why send prepared scouts when you can send two clueless idiots? They didn’t even care about the only two canoes on the island. So Ashley is supposed to go first. Mason is supposed to follow her and kill her and then come back with information about the mainland. But, guess what? That’s right, Mason doesn’t kill Ashley at all when he catches up to her. Instead, they go exploring on the mainland that’s only a day and a half’s journey by weakly paddled canoe across the Pacific Ocean and (Spoiler Alert) Ashely gets eaten by the same thing that ate the entire world (except for the one island) over 300 years ago. Mason goes back to the island to report it to the elders and they finally tell him that they already knew about the thing that ate Ashley (because, why not, the book is almost over). Mason doesn’t care that the elders didn’t warn Ashley about it and she died a horrible death right in front of his eyes and they make Mason an elder so he can continue the tradition of not telling anyone anything about what happened to end the world.
I don’t know if this book really received all the awards listed in the description, it seems impossible. I’ve never seen a plot so forced and bent to fit the authors desire to plug unlikeable characters into a tired old plot. The dialogue was stilted as the characters had lengthy discussions awkwardly steered toward nonsensical decisions for the sole purpose of serving the poorly constructed plot.
The basis for the story is a good one and I did enjoy it. I can not say that I couldn't put it down. I was engaged in the story but I was not pulled in so much that I was part of it more like just an observer.
The characters were developed where you knew more about them at least the main players but not enough that I really cared. I like to see the characters more fleshed out than just surface information. As I said before, I was more an observer than being a part of the story.
Overall it was an enjoyable book and will read the next mainly because I hate being left hanging. I can only hope the second will not leave me hanging as much as the first book did.
There were some very Lost like elements to the island mysteries and that is a very good thing as Lost was an incredible story and the type of science fiction I love. Two fairly short books must be bought to finish this story (which I want to). The mysteries presented are compelling enough and I like the straightforward writing style. Addictive, recommended.
My favorite character was Mason. I loved when he heard his point of view because he was the character that I related to the most. He has the most amazing down to earth personality and compliments every character in the book. His relationship with Ashley and his need to protect her is admirable. My favorite moment of his was in the beginning when he said I did it. I knew I was going to fall in love with this character and cheer for him at every turn.
My favorite moment is a bit of spoiler so I will keep it short. It was the dead room. Now I did not see that coming at all. I mean at all. It threw me through a loop and was an awesome twist. Awww I just can't get over it.
I am diving in to the next book of the series tonight and look forward to finding out where the adventure is going to take me. I would recommend this book to anyone of my dystopian loving friends.
Top reviews from other countries
I really liked the characters, they are all really well written and have clear motivation and distinct voices.
The world building is decent but it feels a little unfinished to me.
There were a lot of things that I didn't like though:
Ashley - who she is is too obvious and too cliched. She's the only character that just didn't work for me.
All the deaths - really? in such a tiny community you have a prospective elder, 3 actual elders and an elders spouse murdered and all the people in community just accept this and carry on with their day jobs without any kind of panic?
Mason - kinda tied in to the point above, he comes back from his mission and gets promoted, not only to elder status but 2nd in command? The existing elders surely would have had more to say on this. The community were never told about his mission so to them he's still a convicted murderer who is now their second in command and yet none of them show any signs of fear or uncertainty about this?
Overall I thought this book had promise but for me it's too short for the all the flaws to be properly ironed out. it feels unfinished, an early draft that only the first few chapters have been really worked on.
The story has an interesting premise and details are kept deliberately vague on what has happened. For a long time I struggled to reconcile the title with the content of the book - the two just didn’t seem related until much later in the book. This was a fairly quick read and could have benefitted with being a novella, I think I enjoyed it more that I could immediately pick up book two and start reading - otherwise I would have been frustrated.
I didn’t have too many gripes with the book apart from one very frustrating point that the character of Ashley is well developed at the expense of others which given the events of the book leads to the second half feeling a little flat and a couple of “who’s that again?” Moments as well as moments meant to be suspense filled ending up rather meh.
That said I very much enjoyed the vagueness of the novel, it feels as if a breadcrumb trail is being left for the reader to pick up on as they progress through the series.
The inhabitants seem indoctrinated into their way of life - acceptance of roles and asking no questions. There are a mystery, intriguing questions and a range of characters that fit well into the story.
A little drawn out at times but overall, an entertaining tale.
Worth a look.
This is a trilogy and the story ends on a cliff-hanger so be warned you may end up purchasing the next book straight after finishing this one. However number 2 has only just been published so number 3 might be a way off yet, so perhaps wait to start them if you're impatient!