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The Island at the End of the World: A Novel

The Island at the End of the World: A Novel
Author: Sam Taylor
ISBN 13: 9780143116257
ISBN 10: 143116258
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2009-08-25
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $14.00

A chilling post-apocalyptic tale of how far a father will go to protect his children-from the author of The Amnesiac

In a world nearly destroyed by catastrophic floods, one family has been spared. Many years ago, as the waters rose, a father and his three children took to their ark and drifted to the safety of a small island. Life there is a quiet idyll of music and farming-and young Alice, Finn, and Daisy are grateful for their salvation-until the day a stranger swims ashore. A terrifyingly plausible adventure story, The Island at the End of the World is a mesmerizing novel from an exciting new writer.

Publishers Weekly

In this unconvincing allegorical postapocalypto, Pa lives on an island with his three children, Alice, Finn and Daisy. They are survivors of a civilization-destroying flood; mom Mary wasn't so lucky-she died while trying to save one of her children. Into this setting washes up Will, a handsome young man who comes ashore and seems to know much about the family. Befriended by Finn, Will faces off with an increasingly hostile Pa, especially after Pa discovers that Alice has fallen in love with Will. As the novel progresses, flashbacks (largely via journal entries) detail life before the flood and the events leading up to the world's drowning; through these same entries, an incredible truth is hinted at, and it's Will presence that allows for its revelation. Unfortunately, though, the "shocking" surprise ending isn't very shocking, and Taylor's take on life after the apocalypse fails to persuade in either its allegorical implications or the day-to-day drama of its Swiss Family Robinson-style situation. (Sept.)

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