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Of course, no one knows exactly what life was like 14,000 years ago, but I believe that the author has probably captured some of its primary elements accurately, including a number of the villagers’ possible superstitions/mystical beliefs and, what I found most interesting, their considerable, growing scientific knowledge. For example, the author speculates that these people may have had rudimentary knowledge of magnetism, allowing them to develop a basic compass and to realize some of its utility. She also touches on their understanding of meteorology, astronomy, and seismology, among other scientific fields, all of which I found intriguing. I also found the author’s account of life at sea interesting, and wish she had speculated even more – just what goes a garden boat, when you may be far from land for weeks?
Overall, the writing, and particularly much of the dialogue, is a bit terse, or maybe direct is a better word. I was not sure if this was to support a younger reading audience or to reflect a belief about the verbal capacities of this era. But in either case, it seemed that the descriptions of the events and settings could have been a bit more fully developed. And while it was clear that the villagers were ‘experimenting’ with magnetism, this word never appears in the novel. Some of the most profound conjectures about life at this age are left for the reader to discover, if he or she has the background. It makes me wonder what I missed because I did not realize the significance of the author’s description of events.
But overall, these suggestions are minor, and frankly, I rarely find books that provide the level of technical detail that I prefer. So, in sum, I believe Past the Last Island goes a long way to addressing the interests of anyone who likes speculative and creative accounts of history, even those who can no longer claim to be part of the teen and young adult reading community.