I got pulled into this dystopian story right at the beginning of the book, and the pace of developments kept me interested until the very end. I found the dialogue between characters entertaining, while it gave the characters some honest depth. Definitely recommend it!
A captivating read. The plot is both gripping and fast-paced. The dystopian landscape that Cayan inhabits is equal parts haunting and terrifying, while it's alternate-reality is a clever twist on current geopolitics. At its heart, however, An Insular World is a deeply personal story that explores the psychological ramifications of totalitarian oppression and reflects on the power an individual has to oppose a system of control. Beautiful, terrifying, and relevant. Recommended!
I enjoyed this book very much. I love dystopian novels but in some of them the worlds aren't very convincing and it's hard to be drawn in. But the world-building in An Insular World was detailed and convincing, so that it felt like I was really there or that the different areas of the world that Cayan travels to could exist. The story covers the journey of Cayan, a young girl, as she goes to the capital city of the world and finds out how controlled the population is. It's as much a novel about her growing up and her journey to a better understanding of life and people as it is about her actual travels in the world. There are some knuckle-biting moments as well as some very touching scenes. If you like books like Divergent or 1984, you'll like this book.