Release Date: April 26, 2016
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Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.
Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.
When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?
I saw a lot of The Island in my Twitter feed at the beginning of the year and I was so excited to get to finally check it out when it showed up on NetGalley.
The Island is told in alternating POVs of Theo and Galian. Theo is a captain in the Raven army while Galian is a prince of Kylae. Raven and Kylae have been at war for the past fifty years over Raven declaring its independence from Kylae. When Galian is sent on his first mission to bomb Raven, he is hesitant and ends up having to retreat when his presence becomes known to the Raven air-forces. However, Theo spots his plane and is determined to shoot the prince down. Galian ends up being able to parachute to the ground unharmed while Theo’s plane ends up being the one to crash on the island. As a doctor, Galian feels it is his duty to help heal Theo who then in return teaches him how to survive on the island.
A huge part of this book was the politics between the two countries and how these views affected both Theo and Galian. The world-building was rich. I enjoyed learning about the two different cultures of Raven and Kylae and about certain aspects came to be on the island. This book is very light on fantasy aspects.
I loved how different Theo and Galian were from each other and how they both had to put aside some of their prejudices in order to help each other survive on this desolate island. I also really liked how there wasn’t any instant love but that it took time for them to overcome hate, become friends, and then fall for each other. Since there are still two more books, I think it could’ve slowed down even more than it did, but I’m still excited to see where it’ll go in the next books.
Even though I liked The Island, there was just something off. I think it may have been that it was hard for me to connect with the characters, especially at the beginning, and I think this in part is due to the first person POV using a past tense voice. I just think the story would have flowed better and that I would’ve enjoyed it even more if it was in a present tense POV.
Overall, I enjoyed the plot of the story very much and definitely think that The Island is a good read. I’m excited to see where the story will go in the sequel!
*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.*
Daniela Arksays:April 14, 2016 at 1:59 PM
First person in past tense is also hard for me. Glad to head you did enjoy the plot very much and want to read the next book 🙂
Jordansays:April 14, 2016 at 3:25 PM
I think it can be done very well and have enjoyed books written in first person past tense, but I think there was just something off with this one. Are you planning on reading The Island?
Daniela Arksays:April 14, 2016 at 5:41 PM
Yes! I’ll download a free sample this Saturday when it is released and see how it goes 🙂
Jordansays:April 14, 2016 at 6:02 PM
I hope you’ll enjoy it! 😀
Shane Morgansays:April 14, 2016 at 2:27 PM
I get a sense of adventure from this one and I liked that the characters spent time getting to know each other and build the relationship. I don’t mind alternating POVs as long as its done right. Glad you still liked the plot, even though you couldn’t connect with the characters. Thanks for your honest review though.
Jordansays:April 14, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Yeah, I did think the book was good and I usually really do like alternating POVs! I just think past tense in 1st POV just made this one seem off/little awkward. Towards the end, I definitely wanted to know what happened with the characters, but they just seemed a little removed. Have you read The Island??