The Island

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark E. Cooper on 11-25-14

Luc and Leia? Hmmmm

Luc and Leia are twins, who at ten are expected to leave home and live on the island together with all the other kids. I wasn't sure what to expect, I'm not usually a fan of Dystopian, and the character names threw me for a loop at first. I'm glad I hung in there though. On to book 2!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bree Mae on 06-13-14

Inventive dystopian world!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I definitely loved the main character, Leia. She's interesting and the author wasn't afraid of letting her make mistakes and feel uncomfortable things. She is a clear thinker and a strong person and I had fun listening to her tell her own story. The "faith crisis" element to the story is something I wasn't expecting from the book, and enjoyed. I'm excited for that to continue through the series!

What does Coco Bell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Coco Bell had a calming, inviting storytelling voice that threaded emotion in at just the right places. I felt she understood Leia, and got in touch with the other characters too. She doesn't change voices completely for different characters, but she made it clear when others are talking through slight tone and rhythm alterations. Sometimes with dystopian YA series the narrators go a bit dark with the narration, but Bell kept Leia's tone positive and even while maintaining the seriousness of events taking place.

Any additional comments?

I found the world building in this book to be super tantalizing. The slow release of information about the island and the religion and the past forces you to keep reading so you can find out more, like a good mystery novel would. I kept guessing at what the end would reveal, but when I finished the book it was still a huge surprise. I would also say, don't be turned off or weirded out when you find out what "the book" really is - by the end is makes SO MUCH SENSE and is just another brilliant part of the world building. If you love dystopian but don't want something that's a ripoff of Divergent or Hunger Games, READ THIS BOOK. It's so unique and the main character is clever. So... yeah I'm off to get Book 2 now!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 05-13-14

Great twist

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really enjoyed this story. I was surprised by what THE BOOK was

Did Coco Bell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She did an ok job but needs a little work on making her voice my alive

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Coilin told his sister to run

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3 out of 5 stars
By K. April Holgate on 03-02-14

Interesting YA Dystopian read

This is a really quick read. I was intrigued from the start, Leia is the lead character and lends her POV to the narration. She is like many leads in YA books, an ordinary girl just trying to make her way in the world. She is faces with injustice and takes up the reigns to invoke change. I like the type of stories where characters do not seek to be leaders but find that they are because of circumstances.

It is a really interesting and solid read. I wish there were more, this book had some intriguing elements that could have been expanded. This is a bit of a different take on the Dystopian theme. A world based on the conclusions drawn by children, with only the memory of adult supervision, is not what I expected. The Star Wars turn is unique, there could have been much more of that coloring the society and how it developed.

I am not sure I agree with the lack of punishment for characters who were dictators and murderers. I understand they had a tough upbringing, but that is no excuse for a lack of response from the adults.

There are a couple romantic elements but they are not the driving force of the story. I expect they will be more important in the next book. This is YA, no naughty parts! It is more sweet first blush of romance.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Coco Bell, who does a nice job. She kept the voices unique and consistent. She has a very steady pace for the read, I tend to like quicker readers, even at triple speed it sounded slow. But, that is a positive for listeners who enjoy a smooth read.

The book starts with the twins at ten, then it jumps ahead until they are sixteen. It took a little bit to figure out where we were in the timeline. It might have been nice to know for sure, I spent much of the beginning trying to figure out the age frame of the lead character.

I liked this book and am interested in where it is heading. The book ends at a place where the characters are about to embark into the unknown. I am definitely interested in see where they go and what the world looks like. Here's hoping it is longer and a bit more detailed!

Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kat on 02-27-14

Standout YA Novella!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Island to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Leia, very strong character

Which character – as performed by Coco Bell – was your favorite?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction, except that I enjoyed it very much

Any additional comments?

Great story, and the Narration fit the story and characters very well

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4 out of 5 stars
By LilMissMolly on 02-28-14

Teens gone wild? Excellent futuristic YA book!

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What if you were stranded on a relatively secluded island after the Apocalypse with nothing but a Star Wars comic book? Oh, and your little band of survivors consists entirely of children – tweeners at best (all the adults died off due to a plague and the only way to save the children was to ship them off to The Island)? Flash forward 150 years later, and this is where Jen Minkman’s The Island begins.

The story centers on two 10 year old twins who live on the Island who are forced out of the parents’ home to live on their own (like their ancestors did). They move to The Manor, where all children live together until they grow up and get married. The twins regret moving away from their parents and start to question the “wisdom” in the book of prophecy (i.e., the Star Wars book), as does several other teenaged children.

I realize the major plot point seems a bit far-fetched, but since this story was only a 2-½ hour investment via Audible (and because my husband and teen daughter are Star Wars fanatics), I thought I’d give it a try. I’m glad I did. The Island is a well-written story – the main characters are well developed and sympathetic; and like most YA stories, there is just a touch of romance.

Coco Bell did an excellent job narrating. She provided different voices for the various characters, and the boys and adults are denoted by deeper tones. Although I don’t know her age, Coco Bell was totally believable portraying primarily teenagers.

I’d listen to another audio book written by Jen Minkman, as well as one narrated by Coco Bell any time. Well done!

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