2 out of 4 stars
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Matthew and Ryan are transported to a mysterious island. They have no idea where they are and they can't remember anything about where they came from. Together they must face many obstacles in order to earn what they need and to get through the island unscathed. Can they work together to get through it successfully? Or are they doomed from the start?
I want to start out by saying that I believe that most of the reason I didn't like this book is that I'm older than the target audience of this book. To be fair, I'm way older than the author of this book. So, my not caring much for this book doesn't reflect on the author or this book as much as it does my age and my preferences in reading. I wish I had liked it better than I did. The idea behind the novel was amazing. It was creative and unique.
The story itself was pretty clever. I just feel there were a few inconsistencies. I can't get into too many of them without completely ruining this story for people. There are just points in the book that stuff happens that made me confused because it shouldn't have happened due to other events that happened around it. I also feel that it was a bit hasty in parts it should have been in more detail about. I also feel that the time lapses were a little too excessive too.
The characters were not very easy to connect with. They squabble through the whole book. I get that they were kids and best friends, but I really feel like the squabbling was way over exaggerated. Plus, one moment they were being really childish and annoying and the next they were being super serious and adult like. I get they were kids but the back and forth with the maturity made me question a lot of aspects of this book.
All in all, I give this book 2 out of 4 stars (2.5 out of 5). I wanted to like this book. The idea behind the book was amazing. The fact that the author is still a kid is also amazing! I just feel like it could use another edit. It could use more execution of the idea as well. With that said, I'd still recommend this book. It seems like it would be a great book for middle-grade children. It would be a fun read for them.
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