Author: Jen Minkman
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Summary: I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look. Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers. If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says. I have never seen one. Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors. But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true? Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool? (Please note: this novella contains a few references to the famous sci-fi movie Star Wars which are pivotal to the plot. None of the characters in The Island are in any way related to the characters in the movie. Leia is named after one of the ancient heroes of her culture/religion.)
Review: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am in love with the cover! The story, not so much. It just didn't do it for me, which is sad because I love dystopian. This book blurb tricked me into reading a book about something I could careless about: Star Wars. Bits and pieces of Star Wars was sprinkled throughout the novel which made me want to scream about how cheesy it was. There was no story or character development. So needless to say I didn't like it and I won't be reading another book by this author unless I know for sure that it isn't about Star Wars.
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