Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Other Side of the Island (YA Challenge 2009 #9 of 12)

Allegra Goodman captures a truly frightening picture of the future in this post-apocalyptic YA novel. After a massive flood, the people left alive in North America are living on islands and are governed by "Mother Earth." Mother Earth controls the weather and also people's minds. She does all these things in the name of peace and safety but there is definitely a malevolent feel to the whole society. But Honor's parents don't buy into Mother Earth's rules and regulations. They have a second child when it's just not done, they study the stars away from where the false skies cover the community, and they believe that Mother Earth must be overthrown. And Honor, a young girl who desperately wants to fit in but loves her parents is caught between safety and freedom.

I couldn't put this one down. It's a wonderfully creative dystopian novel with lots of possibilities for further books. The third-person narrator brought Honor's strengths and flaws out in such a way that I felt like I knew her when the book was over.

1 comment:

J. Kaye said...

I love when books grab me like this and won't let go!