Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Review of the Day: The Other Side of the Island

I was completely impressed with Allegra Goodman's newest book, The Other Side of the Island. Great writing, great characters, excellent plot...what more could a teen (or adult like me) ask for?!

Honor lives in a dystopian world, years in the future. Her parents move the family to Island 365, one of only a few habitable lands left after The Flood. An ethereal figure by the name of Earth Mother and her new Corporation, lead the governmental system on Island 365 and control the New Weather system, meaning they create their own sun, moon, sky patterns, etc. There are very specific rules families must follow and for the most part, everyone on the island follows them perfectly, making for a pretty happy society.

Unfortunately, once Honor's family gets settled in, she learns her parents are Unpredictable. They do not like to follow the rules and violate laws constantly. They won't pray to the Earth Mother and do not believe in her principals. Due to their indiscretions, Honor does not fit in with all the other children at school and feels she will do anything to change her outcast status. She begins to be the model Island 365 citizen and contemplates reporting her parents for not following rules. After an unspeakable tragedy falls on Honor, her only friend, Helix, lets her in on a secret he discovered and Honor begins a quest to make things right in her new world.

Most of us bloggers have a small place in our hearts for books on dystopian societies and believe me, with this one, you will not be disappointed in the least. It's fast paced, the characters are realistic and likable, and by the end you will be cheering Honor on wholeheartedly! A very impressive work!

If you're interested in learning more about The Other Side of the Island or to purchase the title, click the book cover above to link to Amazon.


Gaabriel said...

I am *always* on the look out for another good dystopia! (oh, wow that was kind of contradictory, heh)

This sounds good, I look forward to grabbing a copy!

Charlotte said...

It sounds like a good book, but I am having a hard time with the cover. The girl looks kind of fake to me, more like a Goosebumps cover illustration than a book I'd actually want to read.

Amanda said...


I completely agree with you on the cover! I could put my finger on what bugged me, but you described it perfectly! Still a worthy read though...