The Other Side of the Island

The Other Side of the Island

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From "New York Times" bestselling author Allegra Goodman comes a post apocalyptic novel about love, loss, and the power of human choice.

Honor and her parents have been reassigned to live on Island 365 in the Tranquil Sea. Life is peaceful there--the color of the sky is regulated by Earth Mother, a corporation that controls New Weather, and it almost never rains. Everyone fits into their rightful and predictable place. . . .

Except Honor. She doesn't fit in, but then she meets Helix, a boy with a big heart and a keen sense for the world around them. Slowly, Honor and Helix begin to uncover a terrible truth about life on the Island: Sooner or later, those who are unpredictable disappear . . . and they don't ever come back.
The Other Side of the Island has been named a Best Book of 2008 by the "LA Times, Washington Post, and Village Voice."

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Razorbill, c2008.
ISBN: 9781595141958
Branch Call Number: YA GOODMAN
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 22 cm.


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May 27, 2018

This book has an important message about government control verses independent freedoms. It is dystopian, but not in the "desperate to survive" sense. I recently recommended this book to a 6th grade reluctant reader who said she was enjoying it.

Jun 03, 2014

This was actually a very good book. I found it really stupid at first and absolutely hated it. Then, for some reason, I started loving it. It is a really dark dystopian read. You'll have trouble getting into it at first, just telling you.

May 28, 2014

I loved this book!

The main character starts out as a ten-year-old, but she turns older as the book goes on. I felt that the book was maybe not the best for ten-year-olds, eleven to twelve-year-olds might enjoy this book more because it is a little dark.

It really made me think about parents, peer pressure, fear, and social boundaries and how people judge others based on class.

One thing I didn't really like was that the prayers to Earth Mother were adaptations of well-known Catholic prayers. I'm Catholic, and I found that a little offensive. However, I think it was good that the prayers were realistic.

At the beginning of the book--"this was before the streets were air-conditioned"-- it feels as though Enclosure will continue, and Honor and her parents' work will be for nothing. That wasn't very good.

Finally, I didn't think that the ending was very conclusive. It feels as though there needs to be a sequel.

A few things I didn't like as much, but overall a pretty great book!

Jun 24, 2012

Although the writing in this book sometimes came across as a little forced, especially the dialogue, I enjoyed the plot. I'm addicted to post-apocalyptic stories and this was no exception. It actually made me cry when (SPOILER) her parents were taken away!

Aug 06, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. It reminds me of Margaret Peterson Haddix's writing, a little on the dark side but very well written, and sucks you in.

TheBatman May 10, 2011

This is a very good book with an exciting story and a ending the will leave you breathless. The Other Side of the Island is definitely a 10/10 from me.

Apr 14, 2011

This is such a thrilling story - definitely the type of book that you don't want to put down! It's similar to many utopian/dystopian novels, but written in a way that kids can enjoy. I'm almost wishing for a sequel!

Apr 08, 2011

I really liked this book. I thought the ending left a little too much open but it was a good read

Mar 15, 2011

Although I'm usually not the one to read books with a girl as the main character, this one amazing! It's probably the best dystopian books I've ever read, way better then The Giver. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, and you won't believe the ending! A fast paced story that will make you want to read it all in one day. A 9.5/10 from me, check this one out!


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