Page Count 384
Publication date January 2021
Welcome to The Island.
Where your worst fears are about to come true…
It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.
But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare.
Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re coming true.
Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.
Who will make it off the island alive?
Told from the present tense POV of several teenaged characters we read as Jessie, Danny and Milo as they go on a survival expedition to a remote island with friends Jeffers, Honor and Meg.
I love a story set in the wilderness, be it jungle, desert, snowscape.. anything where characters are in the great outdoors, the tension is constant whenever there’s no shelter to retreat to. This is well done in The Island where the risk ranges from minor sand fleas to poisonous snakes and starvation.
The characters are befitting of a YA thriller, their behaviours and outlook are just as you’d expect for their age. Each one has a secret and as always with CL Taylor the character development is natural and well paced.
An event at the beginning of the book instigates a plot line later that I felt Taylor had escalated out of proportion. This fact quite bothered me as it was cause for a main conflict in the story that just wasn’t believable.
If you’re more on the ball you might guess where this is going sooner than I did! I very much enjoyed reading The Island tucked up on a gloomy winter weekend. Perfect for teens and over.