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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Kemah Bay Marketing LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: February 6, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IA9V5HK
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The Island: The Island Series, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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What I found interesting for The Island is that the author took on the dystopian genre in the form of a novella, and it turns out that it used the length well. While the story in question could easily have been written into a full-length novel, I think as a novella there wasn't room to fluff it up. That fluff might have ended up being more of a romance story, and I'm glad it wasn't. The focus was the conflict in this society and the discover of what's really going on, among a few other important factors.
A society in which at 10, a child moves out of his/her parents' house and into a collective of other young children in order to grow up, get married, and continue the cycle...well, that was definitely something to ponder. And this is how the story starts out. Soon after, the world building expands, the island is established, and there's mention the others, the Fools. When I already had questions as to how things came to be, more questions arose with the inclusion of more people, separated from a society already foreign to me.
I found myself drawn in by Leia's account of what was occurring. While she's knowledgeable, there is room for her to grow and she does; on her own and through others. The other characters, like Luc (Leia's twin brother), Ando, Sol, etc also added to this story in many ways. While there might be a lack of in-depth developing of most characters, I feel that there was enough given in the short length of being a novella, to be effective.
I think I should make mention that due to not fully reading the blurb for The Island, I missed the note about there being a major sci-fi movie as an element of the plot. And to be honest, I'm actually glad I missed that. When I made the connection even before the full reveal of what's going on, I got a little amused. This movie wasn't used in a cheesy way. It was a great device to show how influential a story can be, and how with the right conditions, stories of our modern world can become the mythology in the world of tomorrow. Even today, many of our fictional characters and stories are a mythology just like the gods and heroes of Greece and the stories in the Bible are a mythology of the times in which they're from. This has been an area of interest for me due to my enjoyment of Greek and Roman myth. I was pleased to see how this came to be for this world, and the effect it took over the years.
The story is told from the view of a young girl, Leia who lives on an island where children are parted from their parents at a young age and then live and survive together in a mansion. They are taught life lessons by their leader but certain members of the group begin to question the truth.
At first Leia seemed a bit shallow. I had a hard time getting into her character at first but after a short while she begins to grow. her thought process is easy to follow and kept me very engaged in the story. In the end I liked her, but I would have loved to see a bit more time given to get to know the other characters and her a bit better. Then again, there are more books to the series so that is okay.
There are a lot of Star Wars references in this book. At first i was a bit frustrated and even questioned if this was some kind of fanfiction. Let me assure you all, it is not. The references are explained by the end of the story. Just give it time. Ultimately, in actually adds a new, better level to the plot. I just never noticed the disclaimer about it before I began reading.
This is more than a short novella but far from a full novel. A nice, fast read. The pace just keeps you going, page after page. The style is simple yet captivating. A bit modern, bit primitive and yet futuristic dystopian all put together. Truly an enjoyable read. I look forward to continuing the series.
Two societies have formed on one island, in this book we only read of one at length from the perspective of a young girl named Leia, being named after one of the two original island Luke and Leia Skywalker. (There are a lot of Star wars themes in this novella but don't let that deter you, it all adds to the storyline) In a world where children are told they must fully grow up apart from adults our protagonist begins to see small flaws in the world around her and her reactions to those set in motion the unveiling of the many other problems in her societies ideology.
All in all, this novella has a great storyline and I cannot wait to read the second and third in the series.
Leia and Colon are twins and are not excited to go. Imagine their surprise when they get to the Manor and have to live under Saul's rule. He is always saying you must feel the Force.
The island is surrounded by the sea except on one side - this side is the wall. According to Saul, on the other side is where the Fools live. Does anyone from the Manor have the courage to cross the Wall?
Do you see a connection to Star Wars here? Any possibility of taking over Saul and his leadership position?
An interesting read that emphasizes the fact that a mother's love never dies. Ending is great...
Whenever he speaks, he quotes from the Book.
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