- Gebundene Ausgabe: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Wendy Lamb Books (5. August 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0385744021
- ISBN-13: 978-0385744027
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 12 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,8 x 3,6 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.005.797 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Islands at the End of the World (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 5. August 2014
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Kirkus starred review, May 15, 2014:
“A suspenseful and engaging series opener made all the more distinctive through its careful realization of setting.”
School Library Journal starred review, June 2014:
“Aslan’s debut is a riveting tale of belonging, family, overcoming perceived limitations, and finding a home."
Publishers Weekly starred review, August 15, 2014:
“Debut author Aslan shows off his promise as a writer, delivering a fresh, of-the-moment take on apocalyptic fiction […] it's an exceptional adventure and survival story that's intimately tied to its setting.”
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Austin Aslan was inspired to write his debut novel, The Islands at the End of the World, while living on the Big Island of Hawaii. He earned a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. His research on rare Hawaiian plants located on the high slopes of Mauna Loa won him a pair of destroyed hiking boots, a tattered rain jacket, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He lives outside Tucson, Arizona, deep in the Sonoran Desert, where he pets scorpions and hugs saguaro cacti with his high-school-sweetheart wife and their two young children. Austin is pursuing a PhD in geography at the University of Arizona and thinking up new stories while conducting ecosystem resilience research atop the Peruvian Andes. He continues to write fiction and looks forward to the publication of this novel’s sequel, The Girl at the Center of the World.
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Throughout the book I started to enjoy the apocalyptic setting, even though there wasn't much happening storywise. I also liked the Hawaiian setting. We learn a lot about the history and culture as well, generally I found it very interesting but sometimes there was a little too much information.
I didn't like several religious references, there were too many for my liking. To the end it got really strange, not to say ridiculous. The explanation for the whole blackout was pretty weird.
There is a sequel to this book but as I had the feeling that this book had a real ending, I probably won't read the second book.
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Leilani and her dad stick around Honolulu for a little while hoping for the best, but eventually decide they need to make their way home. (The author includes maps of all the Hawaiian Islands, which is really helpful for understanding their journey.)
Along the way, they have numerous close calls, get help from unexpected strangers and make some interesting discoveries about the mysterious cloud (the "orchid") and its connections to Leilani and Hawaii. The writing is superb - more than a few times it reminded me of The Road (Cormac McCarthy) both in terms of their circumstances and how they were described.
I loved this book. At the same time, I can totally understand why some people really didn't enjoy it. Everyone has their own personal preference for the source of the apocalypse, and this one won't be everyone's cup of tea. Sometimes you never find out what happened (sometimes I do find out and wish I hadn't.)
But even if you didn't like that, there are so many other things to love about this book. There's no major love interest distracting you from the story. The author blends her knowledge of Hawaii beautifully into the book. Leilani and her dad have actual weaknesses. Their journey is incredibly difficult but still realistic.
I've loved a lot of Book Ones. Most of the time I've hated the stories end of the series (looking at you, Hunger Games, and you, Divergent...) so I'll be very curious to see how Leilani's story plays out
Wait. I need to add one more "so" to that.
Let's make that "so, so, so good!"
Loved the setting, the realness of the predicament they're in, the careful incorporation of science and Hawaiian lore. All of it. Most of all I loved Leilani's voice. It was spot on, and you can't help but love and root for this girl.
Also, I can't think of many -- or any, really -- YA books that feature such a fantastic relationship between parent and child.
I really can't wait to read the sequel. I may have to put the author in a headlock and demand it NOW, in fact.
A winning, touching original story about not just the quest to survive but the search for identity and home.