by Steve Augarde

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Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X-Isle, the island where life is rumored to be easier than on what's left of the mainland. Only young boys stand a chance of getting in, the smaller and lighter the better. Baz and Ray are two of the lucky few to be chosen, but they soon discover that X-Isle is a far cry from paradise. Ruled by Preacher John, a dangerous religious fanatic, it's a violent, unpredictable place, where terrible things can happen at any moment. The boys hatch an extraordinary plan in order to protect themselves-the construction of a mighty weapon of defense. But can they complete this weapon in time, and are they really prepared to use it to secure their freedom?

Powerful and compelling, X-Isle is a fast-moving thriller and a great read for boys. Filled with suspense, fights, adventure, and mystery, this is a book that will keep you guessing right to the very end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375896309
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Steve Augarde was born in Birmingham, England, but spent most of his life in the West Country, working as an illustrator, paper engineer, and semi-pro jazz musician. He has written and illustrated over 70 picture books for younger children and has produced the paper engineering for many pop-up books, including those by other artists-as well as providing the artwork and music for two animated BBC television series. His first book for older children, The Various, won a Smarties Silver Award in 2003. Steve is married, with two daughters, and lives in Yorkshire.

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X-isle 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
mjsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A compelling story set in a near-future world where a flood has nearly destroyed civilized life. Several boys volunteer for duty on "the island" where it is rumored they will be fed three times a day but where in reality they become slave labor for a lunatic preacher and his violent sons. Only by cooperating with each other, and by taking drastic measures themselves, are they able to survive.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Baz and Ray are just two of the boys who manage to get aboard a boat and escape to X-Isle, which they thought was a sanctuary where they could live a little easier than on the mainland. It isn't until they arrive that they discover what a horrible place it really is, and they start to wonder whether the Preacher is insane, and whether they will be able to survive.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's only one way out of the mainland and that's to X Isle.A flood overtook the world, killing both Baz's mother and sister, and billions of others in the world. It left towns, cities, and humans submerged underwater cutting the remaining few left alive with basic of basics. Now with just his father, Baz struggles to get by each day where everything has become scarce and pasta has become the newest form of currency. But the stench of the surrounding death and the harsh environment of thievery is too much to take care not only yourself, but a child at that. Now families send their sons to X Isle, a shortened name from Eck Island, where it is promised to a land of sanctuary compared to the mainland. The only way to get to X Isle is by boat when the crew stops every so often to trade goods.The boys need to be small and thin and most barter for their voyage for the crew only picks up one, but usually none. They barter with rare items: fresh meat, cartridges, cornflakes, chocolate. The crew this time has asked to allot two boys for this trip to X Isle. The chosen two: Baz and Ray.Now Baz takes this trip where he hopes will give him a brighter future. That is, before he dies. X Isle is not the land of the promising as Baz slowly realizes when the group of young boys on X Isle show him the ropes and the truth.Originally published in the UK, X Isle has crossed the small pond and into the hands of US readers. (However, the novel is still quite in its original format so there is still British slang and humor as well as single quotation marks rather than double.) Told in third-person limited narrative, X Isle tells of a dystopic world where the modern world has transcended backwards to the days without the Internet or electricity at that.Despites its rather large font, X Isle reads like a typical 500 paged novel: long. X Isle focuses mainly on character development and the rules, environment, and daily life of the island. The action, such as human sacrifice, and the giant shocker occurs at the end of the novel so hopes and attention spans do not fear.The novel is read more in paragraphs rather than dialogues so it quickly becomes mind-numbing. The descriptions go in-depth and while boring may be a strong word to used, the heat wave combined with the words had me struggling to pay closer attention. However, this could easy be a factor because this not my type of novel. X Isle, to me I quickly realized, seemed to be a possible candidate of what I should read for middle grade.X Isle uses symbolism and motifs/themes quite frequently. The flood, Preacher John, the goat, the two rabbits, the school of mackerels, the fishing spool, and of course the nicknames are all things that can be dissected and scrutinized for their hidden meanings. The characters as well can be torn apart by the teachers and asked to be described by the students in essay form (with proper citation).But what makes X Isle worth-while and most fascinating to me is the brutality of the "villains". It is the cold heartless actions that I found gripping and the companionship of friends fighting for survival endearing. Despite my feelings during the reading process, I am left away with a grand sense of satisfaction. X Isle is a hefty read that is suited more to the MG readers interested in Lord of the Flies, The Maze Runner, Holes (ironic in comparison with X Isle isn't it).
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
Today I have just finished a great book written by the mysterious author, Steve Augardi, called X-Isle. I didn't necessarily like the book, but it was addictive, and that's what all young readers look for. I give this book a 3.3 star rating for its action and mysterious feeling. This book includes 2 boys struggling to survive well after the earth's end. A young boy named Baz, has been struggling with his father to stay alive with the toxic fumes and lack-of-food to eat. But then, a boat comes in every once and awhile to offer a trade- rare items that are considered valuable for a trip to X-Isle with food everyday in exchange for work. Baz and a boy named Ray, skinny and frail, get a pass on the boat. work and fights continue throughout their experience on X-isle. "'hes had enough.' - 'He has? What about you?' .. Baz had a glimpse of Steiners red face before he went woozy." One thing isn't quite right though. What is Preacher John hiding? Is Freedom possible? Does Preacher John have enough food to save them? "what's in there?" - "lighter fluid, its like a detonator" Has it came to an all out war between the kids of X-Isle and Preacher John? Find out in the world of X-isle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic edge of your seat, great book. I really loved that after the fist chapter I was hooked. Many twist and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved the ending and the surprises. I will be reading this book again!
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This book is slow at first but its setting the mood. After you get into it it becomes so great!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was gross!!! Only get this book if you enjoy disgusting books. I couldn't even bring myself to finish the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't make sense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read this book, you will love it!!
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MACCD More than 1 year ago
Good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!