A World on the Island’s Edge: Book One of the Golden Dolphin
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Twelve-year old Andi Johnston knows all about keeping secrets from the inhabitants of her island home. She’s been hiding the truth about her grandmother’s dementia for nearly two years in an effort to keep her family together. After finding a young golden dolphin hidden in a cavern under her cliffside home, Andi knows she is in over her head. The bond between Andi and the dolphin Lux is instantaneous and supernatural. With his strange powers, Lux is able to heal Andi’s grandmother—for a time. Together with her genius twin brother, Artie, and best friend, Jubal, Andi tries to keep Lux safe from the world. Even if she can, what will happen to her family? The appearance of an old and mysterious ship in the bay across Andi’s home does nothing to alleviate her fears, nor does the discovery of a monstrous creature trying to use Lux as a means of breaking out of its prison. With her options running out, Andi risks everything in an act of faith that will... More > change their lives forever.< Less
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Mar 30, 2017This book is a well written fantasy that reminds me of The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and The Hunger Games rolled into one contemporary setting. The setting fits the story and the author keeps the reader turning pages. You keep asking yourself; “What more can happen to Andi and her friends?” The author is very creative as he spins this tale. Its greatest appeal is undoubtedly to young adults, but as someone older than a young adult, it kept my interest from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book. Mark L Bowman author of Destiny’s Map and the Haunted Treasure and Aaron’s Odyssey.
Mar 29, 2017Despite the dramatic conflict between the swashbuckling all-ages science-fiction adventure that it is sold as and the melancholic, emotional character study that it actually is, “A World on the Island’s Edge” works remarkably well, taking aspects of both genres and inserting them into one novel. Though both aspects are at war with each other, neither one could exist without the other, and neither one could work as markedly well as it does without containing elements from each other. The emotional bond between Andi and Lux is what frequently anchors the more fantastical aspects of the novel, especially in the nutso balls-to-the-walls third act. Lux is incredibly protective of Andi, and vice versa. They have an oddly parental relationship at first that quickly progresses to friendship as Lux matures in wisdom, power, and size. It’s almost like the boy-and-his-creature stories from the 1980s popularized by films like E.T., but with a more long-form version of storytelling. Make no... More > mistake, though, the science fiction-y elements of this book are in no way inferior. Reynolds is skilled at descriptive imagery, building a realistic and conceptually dazzling world with each word he types out. The more bizarre concepts such as “pocket universes” and otherworldly starry realms are explained simply, without condescension. Despite the book being dark in many places and perhaps unfitting for some 12-year-olds (Reynolds has to remind us on multiple occasions that these are still just children), you’d be hard-pressed to find a more developed, complex, and engaging main character than Andi Johnston, or Artie Johnston, or even Jubal Smith, who doesn’t get much time to shine until the aforementioned third act. All of these characters, despite being children, have their own personality, wit, charm, and deep flaws. The scope of the human condition is on full display here. The continuing development of Lux both in intelligence and power is never rushed, instead told gradually and subtly, hardly explicitly recognizable unless you read the first section of the book and the last section immediately after. In the end, “A World on the Island’s Edge” is emotionally gripping and exciting, with intriguing characters, a well-organized plot, and the potential to become an even better series, a novel that is incredibly successful if it is occasionally jarring in its tonal fluctuation. -Evan Reynolds (Matthew's son)< Less
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- Matthew Rudd Reynolds (Standard Copyright License)
- February 3, 2017
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.93 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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