Leia lives on an island where the society she is from sends their children off to live in a place called the Manor at the age of ten. They are considered old enough to be on their own and must go and learn the rest of what they need to know to survive at the manor where at some point by the age of nineteen they should choose a mate and get married to then return to the village of the parents.
When Leia’s friend Andy tells them that their leader is lying to them Leia steals “the book” that contains the story of their ancestors for proof. As she is trying to hide it she meets a boy named Walt that is from the city beyond the wall that Leia’s people refer to as the Fools.
The Island really seems to be one of those love it or hate it type of stories. In the end I actually kind of enjoyed it but I also love Star Wars so when Leia’s are said to believe in the Force and their story is being told I kind of got hooked on seeing how in the world the author would explain all of this.
It’s really not until the very end of the story do you find out why all the Star Wars references but there was a reasoning behind it. That being said I believe the author captured what she was going for when trying to show a society’s rules can seem odd to an outsider.
Did I actually love the idea of ten year olds being sent away? No, not particularly but it captured my attention in wanting to know what in the heck these people were thinking. Of course the entire story and the explanation in the end also seem kind of silly too but I still found it entertaining to read.
Overall, best to describe this as a rather light-hearted dystopian novella that won’t be for everyone, especially those who will not like the Star Wars ties but for me still a fun read.