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The Island (Madion War Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 26, 2016
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What a brilliant start to a series. The pace was fast and action packed with the main characters being opposites to make a interesting situation. I cannot wait to read the second book - Neil, Goodreads Reviewer
This book was absolutely amazing. From the very first page I was completely invested in this novel and could not put it down. - Emily, blogger, Little Book Wyrm
This book had everything I love in it - Emily, blogger, Emily Reads Everything
- Publisher : Sun's Golden Ray Publishing, LLC (April 26, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0986298174
- ISBN-13 : 978-0986298172
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.59 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,438,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We first start the book out from Captain Theo’s POV, whose country Rave is currently fighting against Kylae for their independence. She’s a very determined and willful main character who’s been through hard times. It’s war, and she’s been on the front lines. Because of that, she keeps a distance from the rest of her team members as a defense mechanism against the sadness and grief that could be caused from their deaths. I found her ability to think and survive under dire situations really admirable. Theo’s ability to use her resources and sharp wit made her an easy-to-like character.
“And to save my own heart, I’d stopped learning their stories, stopped learning their names – I even stopped looking at their faces. It didn’t matter though; the pain was the same.”
On the other side of the Madion Sea, we have Prince Galian, who is advertised as a playboy prince with no responsibilities. It only goes to show that you can’t trust everything on the media, as Theo discovers as she gets to know him. Galian is so much more than an easygoing, spoiled prince. Sure, he has an optimistic view of the world – probably a product of his sheltered life. But that optimism is what keeps him going, and in this case as a doctor. He studied to heal people, and overall his character was just really sweet and caring. It’s a nice contrast against Theo’s more world-wary perspective of the war and provides interesting discussions about it as they start opening to each other on the island.
“‘While we’re on the island, the only war is between us and the elements,’ I said, looking down at her. ‘And I need you on my side, Theo. And you need me on yours.’
So Galian is forced into battle by his father the King, who usually gets what he wants. That’s when Theo shoots him down and her ship goes awry, which makes her stranded on the same island he is on. Their relationship is quite antagonistic in the beginning, as each has preconceived notions about the other from the prejudices that stem from the war. But once they get to know each other, it’s a whole ‘nother story. Theo starts to appreciate Galian’s optimism and caring nature while Galian admires Theo’s resiliency against the life that she had. The progression of their romance was quite well-done, and in my opinion it wasn’t too fast or too slow. I like how their relationship is based on respect for one another, and that bodes well for the future.
Well… if only the future weren’t so meek. The next book in the series is titled The Chasm, so I can only guess what’ll be between the characters… The slight cliffhanger in this book makes me quite excited to see where the author takes us in the sequel though!
Something that didn’t deter me from my reading but left me a bit disgruntled looking back is the lack of world-building in this book. It’s categorized as “Fantasy” in Goodreads and has a map in the beginning to show the unique world. However, there were limited descriptions of the world (other than the brief history on how the Madion War started and politics), which made me confused at times. The technology is similar to modern time in our world (I mean, they do use planes to fight and all, as well as social media), but it just felt a bit disjointed and I feel like that could be fixed if we knew more of the world.
World-building really aids in immersion of a book for me personally, so a more accurate rating would be a 3.5 stars because the lack of it in this story made me scratch my head sometimes. But the endearing characters and political intrigue was enough to keep me interested in the story itself, which is why I up-rated it to 4 stars on the Goodreads and my blog’s scale. I really do think that readers will enjoy Theo and Galian’s fun dialogue, as well as the heart-to-heart conversations they have that really bring insight to their characters. It has definitely convinced me to try out the rest of the author’s numerous works!
This is easily a book i would read any day, but because it's not very well known I'm very happy that i discovered it. The way i came across this story and this author is a fun story involving Princess Bride, My lady Jane and Twitter. But I'm very happy i have discovered this.
The Island follows Theo, a Captain and Pilot in the Raven's 'Airforce'. Rave is a newly independent country of Kylae of which Galian is the 3rd son and princes of the king. Galian just wants to be a Doctor (no not THE Doctor, i dont think he wants to travel in Time) after being inspired by his family Doctor and the Chief of Medicine. Due to Kylae being very territorial and wanting to get Rave back, they have been at war for the past 50 years and no end in sight. Due to some family circumstances, Galian is also now a pilot on an air raid of Rave when Theo let's her pride get the best of her and targets Galian's plane. And low and behold, this doesnt' work out and they end up stranded on a deserted island and must rely on each other for survival.
S. Usher Evans makes it so easy to fall in love with these characters and this surrounding, once i started the story I knew i had to finish it that night. It being not even 300 pages, made it really easy. To be honest, a book jsut under 300 was a nice warm welcome. So many books these days are being published with 500+ pages and as nice as that is, it can just be too much. I do actually quite like books that are 300-400 pages. Those books that i can just curly up and really make a dent in over the course of one night. So The Madion War trilogy is just perfect for me.
The Characters are just so lovable, Galian is an innocent special little snowflake, and Theo is that snarky, walls up heroine that is very common amongst YA novels these days. Within just 10 minutes of meeting each other, you already ship them. They seem to balance each other so perfectly.
There was one romance/sex scene that caught me off guard because i just wasn't expecting it at all. but over all this book was a lovely reading and i can't wait to start on book 2.
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This is a really nice cover. It has a sort of creepy feel which the book also has at some points.
I had fairly high expectations going into this book. Not the highest of expectations but they were pretty far up there. This tends to lead to disappointment but it this case it turned out very well. I hadn't read anything previously written by this author or even any books similar to this so I wasn't sure what to think when starting this book.
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I would 100% be BFF's which Theo. I thought she was a great character! My favourite part about her was that she always, always, always fought for what she thought was right. She could never just sit by while something horrible was happening. I also think she's going to be a great character in the later books. She just has so much potential right now and a great sense of right and wrong.
I fell in love with Galian easily during this book. He's just an easy character to like. It was nice seeing that a prince, who you would think to have a great life, actually have a really hard time growing up. It pushes the fact that it doesn't matter who you are, everyone grows up differently and experiences life in different ways. I loved that the characters sympathized with each other's situations and didn't compare as to who's was worse.
My only complaint with the writing style was that some parts could be a little rushed. It wasn't bad though because the plot kept me interested the whole way through and I wasn't concerned about small technical details. There's some books where you can put down and pick up no problem and this was one of those books. The only thing was that I didn't want to put it down, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I think the only reason this book got 4 instead of 5 stars was because it didn't have that one special thing to really push me over that edge. I thought the plot was great and the characters were well done but I wish there was just a little bit more to this book. If I gave out half rating then this would get the 4.5 stars.
If you've read the summary of this book and thought "oh that's interesting" then you're probably right because this was an interesting book. It was fun while being serious at the same time which I think is hard to do. I'm extremely glad I picked this book up and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. I highly recommend this book to more mature young adults (and older!) that love fantasy with some romance mixed in. This was a great start to a hopefully incredible series.