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Three quotes that stood out to me while reading:
“A warrior acts in spite of fear and is willing to do whatever it takes, even if it’s hard. A warrior is bigger than any obstacle and never gives up.”
“It’s not really about what life throws your way, because bad things can happen and oftentimes, to really good people. It’s about how you face those challenges.”
“Regardless of how they looked or smelled, they still had each other, and they had discovered along this journey they were on that was all they really needed.”
I found the conversation between the boys a bit stilted and uninformative of their feelings throughout the trials they face. The voices of the boys also seem a bit inconsistent – they are described as high school aged athletes early on in the book, but at times they seem to respond to each other and the events unfolding around them as much younger children. Also, it is unclear how the boys are moved through the different quadrants of the island, whether it is through use of technology or through magical intervention.
However, I feel the positive themes presented in the story are of value. Strong themes of friendship, teamwork and taking responsibility for one’s own actions are repeated.
I gave this book 3 stars, for the strength of the themes and action in the story. I wanted stronger development of the characters to give it a higher rating. With the action and rapid pacing of the story as well as the age of the protagonists, I think this story would appeal to pre-teen readers looking for a good adventure read.
I want to start out by saying that I believe that most of the reason I didn't like this book is that I'm older than the target audience of this book. To be fair, I'm way older than the author of this book. So, my not caring much for this book doesn't reflect on the author or this book as much as it does my age and my preferences in reading. I wish I had liked it better than I did. The idea behind the novel was amazing. It was creative and unique.
The story itself was pretty clever. I just feel there were a few inconsistencies. I can't get into too many of them without completely ruining this story for people. There are just points in the book that stuff happens that made me confused because it shouldn't have happened due to other events that happened around it. I also feel that it was a bit hasty in parts it should have been in more detail about. I also feel that the time lapses were a little too excessive too.
The characters were not very easy to connect with. They squabble through the whole book. I get that they were kids and best friends, but I really feel like the squabbling was way over exaggerated. Plus, one moment they were being really childish and annoying and the next they were being super serious and adult like. I get they were kids but the back and forth with the maturity made me question a lot of aspects of this book.
All in all, I give this book 2 out of 4 stars (2.5 out of 5). I wanted to like this book. The idea behind the book was amazing. The fact that the author is still a kid is also amazing! I just feel like it could use another edit. It could use more execution of the idea as well. With that said, I'd still recommend this book. It seems like it would be a great book for middle-grade children. It would be a fun read for them.
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