- File Size: 1095 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Toby Neal (December 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QVK415I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #243 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Science Fiction > Dystopian
- #257 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Action & Adventure > Survival Stories
- #2248 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Dystopian
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Second of Toby Neal's strengths is her plot development. Every novel of hers has a very strong plot, a story arc that pulls the reader into the adventure in a way that makes her books difficult to stop reading until their conclusions. The plot in this book never feels forced, it flows naturally and is fascinating. The natural disaster described in this book is one with which I am familiar, and Toby has done her research. There is nothing that feels artificial, which is an important factor in any dystopian novel - the reader has to feel the event causing the dystopia could actually happen, and in Island Fire, this is definitely the case...kind of terrifying, and makes you think hard about how you might react.
Finally, Toby always adds elements of Hawaiian culture to her books - food, beliefs, the aloha spirit - which creates this richly layered experience for the reader. In this case, she works with elements of spiritual beliefs, and she does it in a way that again allows the reader to believe in what is happening. Toby also explores the differences between the Hawaiian culture and the Mainland culture, which sometimes clash and cause problems between haole (the Hawaiian word for a mainlander) and both native Hawaiians and those who have called the Hawaiian Islands home for generations. This is always done with a deft and gentle hand, never blaming the groups, just exploring the relationships.
I loved this book, I could not put it down and I have been thinking about it since I finished it. I sincerely hope Toby Neal will write more in this series, and soon.
I loved the relationship between Bea and Sam, and thought the dragon 'aumakua was a fabulous addition to the story. Looking forward to more in this series!
The exact cause and extent of the event leading to a societal breakdown is somewhat vague but by no means unbelievable and involves a complete failure of all electrical/electronic technology. Survival revolves around ingenuity and defending against rogue elements of the population. The book is suitable for reading by probably age 12 and above and interesting enough for adults. The romance is innocent and the violence, while necessary to the plot, is not at all what I would call graphic.
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