Monday, June 4, 2012

The Other Side of the Island By: Allegra Goodman (Book Review #1)

BOOK: The Other Side of the Island                           
AUTHOR: Allegra Goodman   
PUBLISHER: Razorbill
DATE: May 2009
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 288
SOURCE: Borrowed

(Goodreads Synopsis)

Honor and her parents have been reassigned to live on Island 365 in the Tranquil Sea. Life is peaceful there, the color of the sky is regulated by Earth Mother, a corporation that controls New Weather, and it almost never rains. Everyone fits into their rightful and predictable place. . . .
Except Honor. She doesn't fit in, but then she meets Helix, a boy with a big heart and a keen sense for the world around them. Slowly, Honor and Helix begin to uncover a terrible truth about life on the Island: Sooner or latter, those who are unpredictable disappear . . . and they don't ever come back.

     Overall, I thought the general idea of the story was good, but the writing kind of ruined it. The book is told in 3rd person, which I enjoyed because not many books now are. But, the writing only focuses on significant parts in the story, and in between those parts it is carelessly written and not well planned out. Also, the time went by in a weird order. On some parts 5-10 pages = an hour, and then the next page will have a paragraph that = 4 days.
       I didn't really like the setting either. It wasn't explained enough, and I had to keep flipping back to pages searching for answers.

       As for the characters, I thought they were wonderful. The were really unique, and although i couldn't picture myself in their shoes, the developed nicely through the course of the book.

       Definitely a great story idea, but it could have been written a lot better.

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