Book Review #18 THE ISLAND By Jen Minkman

I recently joined a group called SweetFreeBooks who send out emails notifying me of free or very cheap e-books to download. Taking up one of the offers I downloaded THE ISLAND By Jen Minkman.

I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look. 

Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers. 

If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says. 

I have never seen one.’ 

Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors. 
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true? 

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool? 



The concept of this really grabbed my attention. It’s a clever idea. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop. All done within 24 hours.

It is the first in a series of books that I am definitely interested in reading.
I did not find the author’s wordplay immensely clever or descriptive. I could picture the scene but nothing wowed me. However, it was clean simple writing that I enjoyed immersing myself in.

Written in the first person as Leia, we join her and her twin brother on the day they leave their family at just 10 years old.
It then jumps a few years to when she is 16 and things are not quite going to plan. The plot moves quickly, in a manner that reminded me of middle grade books, but it wasn’t a bad thing at all.

If you like dystopian stories which are fast paced and an easy read then this book, and possibly series, is for you.

I give it a strong 3 star rating. A little gem of a find.

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