I was kindly sent a copy of The Island by Olivia Levez via Cailin from
Rocktheboat in exchange for an honest review and before I start I must say, Olivia Levez is an author to keep an eye on- she’s amazing!
Frances is alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to survive. And when she is there she also thinks about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster. Nothing is easy. Survival is hard and so is being honest about the past. Frances is a survivor however, and with the help of the only other crash survivor, she sees that the future is worth fighting for.
The Island is a gripping and thoughtful story about a girl who didn’t ask to be the person she is but is also determined to make herself the person she wants to be.
Fast paced, incredibly written, The Island tells the story of a girl called
Frances not Fran, only her friends call her Fran who finds herself stranded on an island after a plane crash with only Dog/Virgil for company.
Although at first I was confused by the way it is set out, with chapters
often going back to past events I soon found it enchanting and urged me
to read on to find out more as to why Frances was even on the plane.
Knowing this is written by a teacher I was sceptical about the voices and I was worried Olivia would have the teenager voice wrong as I’ve read books by teachers in the past and they just haven’t captured the voices in the right way- but I was wrong. Olivia has perfectly captured the voice of a troubled teenager, angry at the world.
Soon enough I found myself well over half way into the book when Frances comes across another survivor of the plane crash (no spoilers as to who it is).
The setting is written perfectly too! I immediately was able to see every detail through Frances eyes, feel her pain for losing Johnny and her frustration at Miss for ratting her out to social services.
Throughout the book I was captivated and soon found myself turning the final page desperate for more!
Especially with how it ends I mean I just need more!
The Island is Olivia Levez debut novel and she is currently working on another due for publication in 2017. I loved her writing style and cannot wait for her next book as I can already foresee her being one of my favourite authors.
I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.
The Island is not due for publication until March 2016 but you can pre-order it now.
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