Review: The Island by M. A. Bennett

When heavily bullied Link decides he wants to drop out of school, his parents want him to go to a camp first. He agrees, but he could never have imagined how life changing it would be.

Having read S.T.A.G.S. last year, I had high hopes for The Island. However, those hopes had no idea how brilliant this book would really be. Like with S.T.A.G.S. , the author has produced an unputdownable novel that had me hooked from the start. Just 30% in, I knew this would recieve the highest of ratings from me.

So where do I start? From the start, I felt a sense of dread. This feeling stayed with me for a long time and I loved it. We got some well thought out character backstory which I whizzed through and figured it was leading to something bad.

Lincoln thinks he’s the sole survivor of a plane crash, he has the whole island to himself. Finally, something that’s just his! But soon enough, the Jock, the Cheerleader, the Prodigy, the Emo and the Nerd are all stranded together. What could possibly go wrong?

Self entitlement, a big ego, greed, several years of built up anger, perhaps? And as you can guess, these aren’t the best things to be stuck with in any place. Lincoln goes rather mad, and my thriller loving mind enjoyed it. I was so repulsed by his actions but I loved seeing how he dealt with situations with his twisted mind.

I’d have loved to know a bit more about the rest of the characters, especially Flora. The focus wasn’t on them and I’m glad about that, but if the author fancies writing a spin off about those characters’ lives I would be the first to buy it.

I loved The Island and I can’t wait to see what the author cooks up next. Thank you to Hot Key Books via Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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