Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

The Islands at the End of the World, by Austin Aslan

Islands at the End of the WorldSummary: In this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky.  Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island.  Leilani’s epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways. 
Wendy Lamb Books

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One thought on “The Islands at the End of the World, by Austin Aslan

  1. The Islands at the End of the World is an enthralling book. The main character, Leilani, and epileptic, lives with her family on the peaceful island of Hawaii. On a trip to a hospital in Oahu, she and her Dad become stranded away from their family when most electronics(cars and machinery included) stop operating. They must find their way home amid all of the confusion and figure out Leilani’s connection with the mysterious occurrences. The author did an amazing job describing the chaos in this story. The themes of civilization’s fragility and mankind’s underlying evil really shone through with his fast-paced writing style. I was drawn into the characters desperateness and began to relate and care for them very early on. That was another thing that the author did very well: he gave you just enough background so that you could glimpse all of the elements of the characters that we.re going to be vital to the story line, but after that he did not take very long to get into the action. I thought that was a nice balance. Also, Leilani’s relationship with her family was very nicely portrayed. The plot itself was very well thought out and realistic for the most part. Although scary to think about, the chaos and desperate actions of the public were very realistic. However, in the final 15-20 chapters of the book, the characters discover that the electronic outages are being caused by a baby and mama ‘cosmic sea turtle’ that comes to planets to ‘eat’ nuclear radiation. I felt that that idea needed to be developed more early on in the story, but despite this it was still a very good book.
    I would most certainly recommend this book for Newbery.

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