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  • By Mark L Bowman
    Mar 30, 2017
    This 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.
  • By Evan Reynolds
    Mar 29, 2017
    Despite 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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Product Details

ISBN
9781483459363
Published
February 3, 2017
Language
English
Pages
254
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.93 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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