Sunday, September 16, 2018

Review - The Island by M.A. Bennett

Title: The Island
Author: M.A. Bennett
Pages: 385
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date: 9th August 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Link is a fish out of water. Newly arrived from America, he is finding it hard to settle into the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? And what kind of school ranks its students by how fast they can run round the school quad - however ancient that quad may be? When Link runs the slowest time in years, he immediately becomes the butt of every school joke. And some students are determined to make his life more miserable than others . . .

When a school summer trip is offered, Link can think of nothing worse than spending voluntary time with his worst tormentors. But when his parents say he can only leave Osney School - forever - if he goes on the trip, Link decides to endure it for the ultimate prize. But this particular trip will require a very special sort of endurance. The saying goes 'No man is an island' - but what if on that island is a group of teenagers, none of whom particularly like each other? When oppressive heat, hunger and thirst start to bite, everyone's true colours will be revealed. Let the battle commence . . .

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hot Key Books*

American teenager Lincoln 'Link' Selkirk moves to the UK when his scientist parents get jobs at Oxford University.
Link finds himself at Osney School, a school that's more focused on sports than academics. Osney School has strange traditions, traditions that mean that Link is at the bottom of the school hierarchy.
Link's time at Osney is miserable. He wants to leave school but his parents will only agree to let Link quit if he goes on a school summer trip.
When the plane crashes, Link finds himself stuck on an island with his classmates.
Will they survive?
Is there more to the island than there seems?

The Island is a cross between Lord of the Flies, the Breakfast Club and LOST.
Link had a very rough time at Osney so I could understand why he acted the way he did on the island. But I have mixed feelings about Link as a character.
Flora was probably my favourite character.
The plot was interesting but I did guess one of the big twists.
The writing style was easy to follow and held my attention, but I wasn't gripped.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.

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