In this unconvincing allegorical postapocalypto, Pa lives on an island with his three children, Alice, Finn and Daisy. They are survivors of a civilization-destroying flood; mom Mary wasn't so lucky-she died while trying to save one of her children. Into this setting washes up Will, a handsome young man who comes ashore and seems to know much about the family. Befriended by Finn, Will faces off with an increasingly hostile Pa, especially after Pa discovers that Alice has fallen in love with Will. As the novel progresses, flashbacks (largely via journal entries) detail life before the flood and the events leading up to the world's drowning; through these same entries, an incredible truth is hinted at, and it's Will presence that allows for its revelation. Unfortunately, though, the "shocking" surprise ending isn't very shocking, and Taylor's take on life after the apocalypse fails to persuade in either its allegorical implications or the day-to-day drama of its Swiss Family Robinson-style situation. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Island at the End of the World: A Novelby Sam Taylor
In a world nearly destroyed by catastrophic floods, one family has been spared. Many years ago, as the waters rose, a father and his three children took to their ark and drifted to the safety of a small island. Life there is a quiet/b>/i>
A chilling post-apocalyptic tale of how far a father will go to protect his children?from the author of The Amnesiac
In a world nearly destroyed by catastrophic floods, one family has been spared. Many years ago, as the waters rose, a father and his three children took to their ark and drifted to the safety of a small island. Life there is a quiet idyll of music and farming, and young Alice, Finn, and Daisy are grateful for their salvation?until the day a stranger swims ashore. A terrifyingly plausible adventure story, The Island at the End of the World is a mesmerizing novel from an exciting new writer.
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- Age Range:
- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Sam Taylor is a journalist turned novelist.
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This is one of the strangest books I have ever read. The back of the book and cover of the book were very intriguing and I couldn't wait to read it! The writing style is very unique.I would say in a bad way. It took me a few chapters to really get the hang of it. There isn't much punctuation and a lot of the sentences just stop with no end. The story itself is very weak. The idea was wasted by easily guessed plot twists and undeveloped characters. The book is made of two parts. The first part is boring and makes you wonder 'why am I still reading this?' the second part is a little more interesting and holds your attention, because you think something will happen. The actual ending I thought was okay. Not horrible. It seems like Sam Taylor wanted to make a point with this book. I didn't think it had a point. I wouldn't recommend this book.