Dregs Island

Dregs Island

by Dr. Bon Blossman, Zakk Myer

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Dregs Island by Dr. Bon Blossman, Zakk Myer

Seventeen-year-old Alex Cardin witnesses a hit and run and is falsely convicted of vehicular homicide. It is six years after President Gray's Prison Reform Act of 2026. Prisons have been shut down across the United States, and all felons must serve life sentences on isolated prison islands where escape is impossible, and rules of civility are obsolete. Alex is sent to Dregs Island and has no choice but to rely on his sharp intuition as well as his new allies when he's pitted against Tobias - the ruthless ruler of the island who was a legendary serial killer back on the mainland. Alex is forced to make decisions along the way that weigh survival against humankind and family against friendship.

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ISBN-13: 9780996524841
Publisher: Dr. Bon Blossman
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 603 KB

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Dregs Island 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite Dregs Island by Dr. Bon Blossman and Zakk Myer is a fictional young adult thriller novel. This is a book that would appeal most to an audience of young adults who enjoy prison island books, though adults may also find it enjoyable. This book takes place in a future where President Gray reformed the prison system; the president did away with conventional prisons and instead created prison islands where inmates are sentenced for life without probation or release. These prison islands operate outside of society and lack the rules that govern normal prisons and society. The year is 2032 and seventeen-year-old Alex Cardin has just been falsely convicted by the justice system and sentenced to life in prison on Dregs Island. If Alex Cardin wants to survive, he will have to rely on his sharp wits as he faces off against the serial killer that rules Dregs Island. Dregs Island by Dr. Bon Blossman and Zakk Myer is a well-written thriller that reminded me of a young adult version of the 1981 movie “Escape from New York.” The basic plot was a bit on the predictable side with a kid being falsely sentenced and wanting to get the justice he deserves, but from there the plot is filled with twists and turns as Alex Cardin goes head to head not with the justice system, but with a convicted serial killer who has taken over Dregs Island. I found that Alex Cardin was by far my favorite character. I sympathized with his false conviction and his unfair sentence, and I liked how he played off his own strengths to fight and survive on Dregs Island.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Falsely accused, Alex Cardin is sentenced to life in prison. It is not the sentencing that is shocking. What scares him most is where he is sentenced to — Dregs Island — a place where criminals are shipped to and an island where no one has ever succeeded in escaping. Here, Alex will be more than creative if he only wants to survive, let alone think of escaping. We encounter this young and compelling character in the dynamics of prison life and his determination to get justice, his own way. He will not only face numerous challenges, but will also have to face the very boss of the island, the man who once was a serial killer in an alternate life and who does not know the word “compassion.” Dregs Island by Dr. Bon Blossman and Zakk Myer is a real thriller, the kind of book that is impossible to put down. I read this story straight through the night, unable to stop because of the beauty of the language and the strong storyline. The story has a lot of action taking place and the first pages already feature a dramatic incident, an accident to which the protagonist and narrator is witness, and the chapter ends with the protagonist being shipped to jail. I loved the writing, which I found to be impeccable, laced with vivid and attention-grabbing descriptions. The story has great psychological and emotional depth and the reader will love the way the authors develop the conflict in this story — both psychological and interpersonal. Dregs Island by Dr. Bon Blossman and Zakk Myer is a masterpiece, a great story that explores the themes of justice, freedom, and crime.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Dregs Island by Dr. Bon Blossman and Zakk Myer is a dystopian Young Adult novel with a gripping tale of survival. The novel follows a seventeen-year-old boy named Alex Cardin. Alex has been convicted of a crime that he did not do and now he is facing jail time on an island where there are no civil rights and the jail is run by a tyrant. He is shipped off to Dregs Island, a prison where escape is impossible. Alex now has to survive his sentence, he needs to make sure that he stays out of the way of the people who can be dangerous to him. The problem is, everyone is dangerous to him. He is a young and innocent boy who has been falsely charged with something that he never did. When you are in a place like this, how can you survive a place that is run by a serial killing tyrant, a ruthless, merciless man. Can Alex survive? Can he change his destiny? Escaping from the island is impossible, but will he be given the chance to complete his term and go home to his family? What can I say about Dr. Bon Blossman and Zakk Myer? Both of these writers did an amazing job portraying the struggle of the psychological effects of living in such conditions. I am amazed at how smoothly and completely these two are able to transition their story so that everyone who loves dystopian novels will appreciate it. I also liked Alex very much. His character development was on point and I enjoyed his impulsive yet calculated actions.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite The first chapter of Dregs Island by Dr. Bon Blossman and Zakk Myer finishes with a short conversation that becomes a huge promise for readers who understand that it would be a fast ride. ‘“I didn’t do it, sir. You have to believe me. I saw who did it.” “Get in,” he said, shoving me into the backseat. The car door slammed shut.” Alex Cardin has just witnessed a hit-and-run accident and it was he who tried to get help by calling 9-11, but to his greatest stupefaction, the seventeen-year-old boy will be behind bars for a crime he never committed, and not just anywhere. Alex is shipped to Dregs Island, the place where the most hardened criminals go, and a place where one receives no mercy and where no one can be trusted. Alex is determined to survive, perchance he could be the first to escape Dregs Island. But this means he must be both creative and powerful, and he must defeat the one-time serial killer who now runs the Island. Dregs Island begins with great intensity of action and there is no slowing down till the end. The story is told in the first person narrative and in a voice that is compelling and there is no way the reader can ignore it. The narrative style absorbs the reader into the worldview of the protagonist and creates a powerful connection between the reader and the characters. The language is tight, crisp, and highly descriptive. I love the fact that the dialogues came across as natural, reflecting the state of mind, the level of education of the characters, and where they come from. Dr. Bon Blossman and Zakk Myer have created a thriller that readers will love, a story with very interesting characters and a conflict that helps a lot in plot and character building. I was very keen on following the development of Alex Cardin, and I wasn’t disappointed in any way. This thriller is a great success and will undoubtedly provide great entertainment for readers.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 15) for Reader Views (7/17) “Dregs Island” by Dr. Bon Blossman and Zakk Myer is about seventeen-year-old Alex Cardin who, while driving home one day, witnesses a fatal hit and run. Trying to be a Good Samaritan, Alex immediately calls the police with the license plate of the offending car. You can imagine his shock when he is the one arrested. The year is 2032, six years after President Gray’s Prison Reform act which allows for expedited trials and alters the prison system so that all felons are deported to prison islands. Alex Cardin quickly finds himself an innocent victim of the Prison Reform Act. His trial for the hit and run proceeds without time to even find a lawyer. False witness testimony is presented against him and he suddenly finds himself guilty of murder, sentenced to life imprisonment on Dregs Island. Deposited on Dregs Island, Alex finds himself struggling to survive in its harsh environment of toxic animals and violent inhabitants. Will Alex be able to find allies and survive against those who wish to harm him? Read and find out! My favorite character is Mia. When Alex is first stranded on the island, Mia quickly picks him out as innocent. That is, imprisoned without cause, and attempts to assist him however possible. She is one of the most believable characters and provides insight into the how the island works. If you enjoy a good dystopia, this is the book for you. From a corrupted justice system and government, to brutal punishment methods, this book portrays a perfectly dismal future. The characters are all original and very dynamic, often because they are psychotic! However, it sometimes feels like Alex Cardin is adapting too quickly. Alex goes from being a kid on a dangerous island to a powerful player in the island’s politics in only a few weeks. These rapidly changing characters sometimes made book confusing and unbelievable, but did not take away from the entertainment. All said, “Dregs Island” by Dr. Bon Blossman and Zakk Myer was a very enjoyable read and I hope to see more books in this series!