Title: The Island Author: Olivia Levez Publisher: Oneworld Publications Published: 3rd March 2016 Pages: 288 Format: Paperback Source:: Borrowed Copy Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository
Summary: 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.
I’d heard a lot of things about this book before I dived into it but I pushed it all out of my head to give this book a fresh start. But I didn’t need to because this book lived up to its expectations. It was unique, different, emotional and very compelling. Everything that I absolutely love about books. The narrative was so different to anything I’d read before and I found that really affected how I connected with the book and the characters.
One of the most interesting things about this book is how it all comes together. The book follows Frances as she flies into the wilderness to help the local community and to grow as a person. We witness as this doesn’t happen and instead she is castaway on a desert island. Meanwhile we’re given flashbacks explaining how she became who she is and how she ended up where she did. It was so fascinating and such an interesting way to understand her character.
At first I wasn’t that keen on Frances, to be honest. She was annoying and troubled and I just found it really difficult to understand her. But then I soon fell in love with her and everything that she’d been through. I understood her completely and I just wanted everything to fall into place for her. It was incredible how this happened and shows how complex human beings are. Olivia Levez has done a brilliant job of really shining a light on all the characters in her book. I found them all to be very compelling and intriguing.
All in all, I really liked this book. I found myself hooked and turning the pages faster and faster to find out what was happening and what would happen next. It was incredible how a book with only one protagonist for other half a book could really draw you in but Olivia really managed it. I would highly recommend this book to others, especially if you’re looking for a character driven and emotional story that will open your eyes in ways you never expected.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **