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Where the World Ends Paperback – February 14, 2019
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- ASIN : 1474943438
- Publisher : USBORNE CAT ANG; New edition (February 14, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781474943437
- ISBN-13 : 978-1474943437
- Reading age : 10 - 13 years
- Lexile measure : 900L
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 0.87 x 7.87 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #981,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Jill Joseph on January 26, 2020
I would add some caution for readers in terms of some of the themes that can be sensitive, and I will include them here, which could be spoilers (so skip to below if you are concerned about spoilers). More specifically, I would warn for a girl who was raised as a boy (but may identify as a girl), pedophilia (one of the adults decides that she should marry him/that her presence is a gift for him), religious in the extreme with casting out of demons/religious figure not very pious, and stoning of others/bullying/mistreatment.
What I loved: The imagery here is fantastic. We feel the isolation, the desolation of the landscape, and the unforgiving nature of survival. The world-building in terms of the rocky island was very good. We got a very good feel for how this fowling trip was.
What left me wanting more: The book moves very slowly, and facts are often revealed slowly, making it hard to visualize the world outside of the island and understand the societal structure (though this may be presumed as it is historical/based on truth). The slow pace can make it hard to read in places, but on the other hand, this does help build the isolation and overwhelming nature of the trip.
Final verdict: Fans of LORD OF THE FLIES will enjoy this new tale of historical survival in an unforgiving environment and with evolving social structures. Would recommend for people who like compelling world-building and immersive scenarios.
Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.
Most of the time, the story dragged. It's mostly about their day-to-day mundane happenings and a lot of birds. Here and there something of interest happens though. For the most part though, I felt bored and disengaged. Though the dark atmosphere and setting were painted remarkably, the story itself was tedious. There were 2-3 points where I was wanting to know what was going to happen, but they were short-lived moments.
I think middle grade students would find this uninteresting and I think they would also get confused. This is quite possible true for upper grade levels as well. It says this is for ages 10 & up. I do not agree that this is on a 10 year old reading level. This should say 13-14 year old & up because of the vernacular and literary skills necessary.
The novel is very loosely based on a true story. Revealed in the end by the author, the only true part of the story is that in the 1700's a group of young men did get stranded for 9 months and survive. That is literally all that is known. No other details survive about the true account as to how they survived, etc. The premise for this book, because of the true story, is interesting. But this novel, which details their time being stranded on the sea stac, left me feeling bored except for a a few parts.
It was okay. I didn't like it but I didn't hate it. I received an advanced copy from Netgalley. Opinions are my own.
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i read a few chapters but personally wasnt for me
I think if your into this sort of genre you would like it but I like more girly adventure or romance or drama books i dont know this didnt really click with me. I feel bad writing this review but I review everything and i have to be honest so....
defeintly a book that fits a certain person but I cant really describe it i am sorry thats un helpful. I would say its quite mature though, not as much the content thats fine for around age 13 but I think the style is maybe a more mature sincere yet adventurous style?
On the first day they would go after Gannets, to capture them the boys climbed a cliff, Fulmers when caught burned better than wood, the stomachs were removed from Gannets to store Fulmer oil, after three weeks of working hard the boat did not return for them, more time passed and everyone had an opinion of what had happened on the mainland, most considered the world had ended, with winter approaching fast they were unsure if they would make it, all the birds flew off in winter