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The Other Side of the Island

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Awesome Read

The Other Side of the Island is definitely an exciting read; the author takes you on a journey into the future after a world-wide disaster. The people in the story no longer feel safe, as they had just recently had their life ripped away by the forces of nature. They do...
The Other Side of the Island is definitely an exciting read; the author takes you on a journey into the future after a world-wide disaster. The people in the story no longer feel safe, as they had just recently had their life ripped away by the forces of nature. They don¿t know what to do- until Earth Mother steps into the picture. Earth Mother is a dictator, who took over what was left of the world, before anyone realized what she was doing. Memories were erased, disagreeing people disappeared, and suddenly the world was incased in a giant bubble.
No, I am not kidding. Earth Mother feels that the only way to keep humans safe is to ¿reduce, recycle, and reuse¿. Most would compare that to trash, reduce it, recycle it, and reuse it, but Earth Mother means everything. She will reduce the amount of land humans can live on, recycle virtually everything and create her Utopia so earth-friendly that human life becomes harder, and harder. She will also ¿reuse¿ people. If a citizen does not comply to the cities laws, and does not react to ¿persuasive reasoning and positive reinforcement¿, they disappear only to be reused as a human version of a robot.
No one questions Earth Mother, simply because they can¿t remember their old lives. Chemicals are forced into them, hidden on every piece of food, and in every drink. ¿Planet Safe¿ makes it so the people lose their long-term memory, erasing every memory from before ¿Enclosure¿, when Earth Mother took her throne. She re wrote history, re wrote all the songs, and re-wrote any negative aspect of life she found, and made them all positive.
Allegra Goodmann has made this story so interesting that I simply could not put the book down until I had read from cover to cover. She uses vivid imagery to make you feel as if you are Honor, the main character, experiencing the new world as it is now, while living with rebellious parents. She is an amazing writer and The Other Side of the Island just helps to prove it. I loved this book, and I¿m sure any other person would too.

posted by xXalyssaXx on November 3, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Boring

When I started this book, I was really expecting something awesome from it. The basic concept of the plot is very good : A futuristic world where everyone has to follow the rules and individuality is being drained from society. The first half was okay- not amazing, but ...
When I started this book, I was really expecting something awesome from it. The basic concept of the plot is very good : A futuristic world where everyone has to follow the rules and individuality is being drained from society. The first half was okay- not amazing, but not horrible. About 3/4 of the way through though, it sort of fell flat. It was at a point where everything should be speeding up, bringing you to the climax, getting you excited- but really it just made me bored. The ending left something to be desired.
Overall- not as good as I would've hoped.

posted by Facepalm on March 8, 2009

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    Boring

    When I started this book, I was really expecting something awesome from it. The basic concept of the plot is very good : A futuristic world where everyone has to follow the rules and individuality is being drained from society. The first half was okay- not amazing, but not horrible. About 3/4 of the way through though, it sort of fell flat. It was at a point where everything should be speeding up, bringing you to the climax, getting you excited- but really it just made me bored. The ending left something to be desired.
    Overall- not as good as I would've hoped.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2011

    Good book, but not the best.

    This book is about a young girl who lives in a society controlled by 'Earth Mother', a 'Big Brother' type dictator, after global warming takes place. It is mainly about the main character's struggle against Earth Mother and how she tries to fit in but also be herself. This book was okay; the writing wasn't very challenging, but the plot was intriguing. Probably for ages10-11. (Nothing mature.)

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