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The Other Side of the Island

Goodman, Allegra

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Other Side of the Island
Born in the eighth year of Enclosure, ten-year-old Honor lives in a highly regulated colony with her defiant parents, but when they have an illegal second child and are taken away, it is up to Honor and her friend Helix, another "Unpredictable," to uncover a terrible secret about their Island and the Corporation that runs everything.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Razorbill, 2008.
ISBN: 1595141952
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Jun 21, 2014

I loved this book!

The main character starts out as a ten-year-old, but she turns older as the book goes on. I felt that the book was maybe not the best for ten-year-olds, eleven to twelve-year-olds might enjoy this book more because it is a little dark.

It really made me think about parents, peer pressure, fear, and social boundaries and how people judge others based on class.

One thing I didn't really like was that the prayers to Earth Mother were adaptations of well-known Catholic prayers. I'm Catholic, and I found that a little offensive. However, I think it was good that the prayers were realistic.

At the beginning of the book--"this was before the streets were air-conditioned"-- it feels as though Enclosure will continue, and Honor and her parents' work will be for nothing. That wasn't very good.

Finally, I didn't think that the ending was very conclusive. It feels as though there needs to be a sequel.

A few things I didn't like as much, but overall a pretty great book!

Jun 03, 2014
  • rosiewang rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was actually a very good book. I found it really stupid at first and absolutely hated it. Then, for some reason, I started loving it. It is a really dark dystopian read. You'll have trouble getting into it at first, just telling you.

Jun 24, 2012
  • Ellawind rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although the writing in this book sometimes came across as a little forced, especially the dialogue, I enjoyed the plot. I'm addicted to post-apocalyptic stories and this was no exception. It actually made me cry when (SPOILER) her parents were taken away!

May 10, 2011
  • TheBatman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very good book with an exciting story and a ending the will leave you breathless. The Other Side of the Island is definitely a 10/10 from me.

Apr 14, 2011
  • SCbeachbabe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is such a thrilling story - definitely the type of book that you don't want to put down! It's similar to many utopian/dystopian novels, but written in a way that kids can enjoy. I'm almost wishing for a sequel!

Apr 08, 2011
  • VioletTiger rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. I thought the ending left a little too much open but it was a good read

Mar 15, 2011
  • TheBigMan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although I'm usually not the one to read books with a girl as the main character, this one amazing! It's probably the best dystopian books I've ever read, way better then The Giver. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, and you won't believe the ending! A fast paced story that will make you want to read it all in one day. A 9.5/10 from me, check this one out!


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May 28, 2014

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Apr 14, 2011
  • SCbeachbabe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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