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X-Isle

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  593 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X-Isle, the island where life is rumored to be easier than on what's left of the mainland. Only young boys stand a chance of getting in, the smaller and lighter the better. Baz and Ray are two of the lucky few to be chosen, but they soon discover that X-Isle is a far cry f ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Ember (first published September 1st 2009)
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Krys
They thought that Xisle was the last hope. After a terrible flood leaves most of the world in chaos one family, the Ecks, set up shop on Xisle. Preacher John, and his sons, run a trade system where they supply the mainlanders with tools and food from numerous salvage dives into the murky waters. Every so often they approach the mainland for new boys to come work the island. All young boys try for this honour, but few get chosen for the job.

Baz and Ray are the newest chosen workers. They arrive a
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Erin
Jan 08, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
X-Isle is one of those books that I liked much more in principle than the actual story itself. It's right up my alley -- in Steve Augarde's drowned dystopian future, London and much of the rest of the world is underwater. The disaster that sparked the great flood is never fully described - through the eyes of our narrator, 14-year-old Baz, the event is now insignificant. The desperate reality of day-to-day survival is what's important.

Starvation is a real threat. With so much of the world subme
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Afton Nelson
Oct 18, 2010 Afton Nelson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
This book either has one of the most disgusting or most brilliant plot elements ever. I'm guessing if you are female, it's disgusting, but if you are male, brilliant.

Loved the world covered in water and the kids who were trying their best to survive in it. Very much like Holes. The Eck brothers and Preacher John were terrifying, but a bit too detached for most of the book. I would have given this book 4 stars, but at close to 500 pages, I thought it was too long. About halfway through the book I
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Vickie Wilson
For fans of Holes, The Maze Runner and fart bombs.

This book was kinda stupid but mostly boring.
Tori
May 11, 2015 Tori rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books
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Melanie Au
In the futuristic world where Baz lives, climate change and terrible storms have flooded his continent -- and from what he know -- the entire world. There's hardly any land left that's suitable for living on -- in most areas all you can see are rooftops and towers sticking out of the water. With the waters completely polluted and nowhere to grow food, everyone is scavenging for supplies to keep themselves alive. There is one place though, that is still above the waters and supposedly has plenty ...more
Kogiopsis
Urrrrrgh.


I don't know what to make of this book.

I mean, on the one hand the concept is interesting, and the way people react to the floods which were, for all intents and purposes, the apocalypse seems as realistic as such things get. Unlike many authors, Augarde actually touched on religion's place in this sort of dystopia, which was refreshing, and his take on it was pretty plausible.

On the other hand, most of the characters annoyed me (but then, that could just be because immaturity in genera
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Yan
Jul 06, 2010 Yan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's only one way out of the mainland and that's to X Isle.

A flood overtook the world, killing both Baz's mother and sister, and billions of others in the world. It left towns, cities, and humans submerged underwater cutting the remaining few left alive with basic of basics. Now with just his father, Baz struggles to get by each day where everything has become scarce and pasta has become the newest form of currency. But the stench of the surrounding death and the harsh environment of thievery
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David Damiano
May 23, 2013 David Damiano rated it it was ok
Shelves: futuristic, dystopian
X-Isle was a little slow paced and eventually proved not to be worth the wait. The post apocalyptic setting was not at all original in any way and the plot itself was rather bland and uninteresting. However, I read through the book and was left with many mixed emotions about it. For starters, the lack of women, with the exception of Ray, throughout the book was strange. I thought that the authors explanation for this lack of women, (that it was "too dangerous" for them to be in public because of ...more
Syl
Sep 16, 2010 Syl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of post-appocalyptic fiction, teen age boys
This was definitely a boy book. That said, I'm a girl and I liked, so it's a good book in general. I liked how believable and real the characters are. I also appreciated the shades of grey that the author allowed. Things happen that are neither good nor bad or they may be both at the same time. There's also a good sense of the rediculous that is very appropriate for the characters and their ages and circumstances. However, my favorite thing is that this is a post-appocalyptic story that occurs w ...more
Rachel
Dec 27, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a YA dystopian novel that would likely appeal to teenage boys a lot more than to girls of any age because of the type of humor employed in the book. However, I would be hesitant to recommend the book to anyone. I did find the concept and setting interesting, but I found the main focus of the plot to be truly disturbing. While I know that dystopian novels are usually disturbing, this book didn't use the typically awful elements that normally characterize a dystopian novel; instead, ...more
redrosewolfess
Jun 08, 2014 redrosewolfess rated it really liked it
Warning: Possible spoilers (if you consider these to be spoilers, that is - so read at your own risk).

Overall, this was a great book that was quite believable and digged into the psyche a lot. In a future where the world is flooded and all that's left is small islands of land, boys compete with gifts to gain passage to the island. This island seems all grand and wonderful from afar, but as time goes on the boys see a much darker side of life there.

The story follows Baz, a boy who 'buys' his way
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Ross Cordle
Jun 03, 2014 Ross Cordle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
X-isles is a story of a boy named Baz in a post apocalyptic world. A giant flood has come over the world and food is the most valuable of things. people will give there children to complete strangers in order to feed them. Thats exactly what happens to baz, his father trying his hardest to make ends meet gives baz over to some divers to take him to an island to work for food. But all is not what it seems when baz arrives, abusive elders and a strange preacher torture the kids. although they get ...more
Nighteye
Dec 08, 2014 Nighteye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an easy, exiting and good read. An exiting idea about the flood and the salvation island everyone talks about whos boat only takes small and skinny boys there but witch in reality are a work camp. The story focus on the group of boys working as slaves there and how they try to survive the days and the brutes controling them, told from Baz point of wiev.
the author made me symphatize and care for the characters in the story and the twist that is hinted in the story and revealed in the end was for
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Stefanie
The story itself was interesting but I didn't think there was enough backstory given as to where they are in the world and what caused the floods. The characters were varied but there was a significant lack of females until late in the book and even then they didn't seem to have much purpose other than to aid in the twist that came too late to mean anything or have any impact on the story.

I thought the stuff with the farts was clever yet childish at the same time but at 24 I'm probably a tad ove
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Polly
Sep 29, 2012 Polly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked to know more about the mainland and how the flood happened. It ending kind of leaves you hanging too, bleh! But it has a very interesting plot ( falls into a good dystopian novel), the content could be a little weird, but overall pretty good. xD
Tara
Mar 19, 2014 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts off and ends slow, but the middle is hard to put down. The world is flooded. There is the mainland where everyone barely survives, and there is an island where the Preacher lives. The island needs workers small boys with decent items to barter onto the boat, and they will receive three square meals a day as long as they work hard. Or so they thought...

Intriguing plot line. I wasn't sure I'd get into this book. After the first few chapters, I couldn't put it down. There are a lot
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Jennifer
Apr 21, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
This is one of many in the genre of dystopian apocalyptic young adult fiction titles out there. I like the title. I like the story. I love the cover.

(3.5 Actually)

After storms of biblical proportions, the world Baz knew (the world we all know) is drowned, leaving millions dead and drastically shrinking available land and resources. Boys on the mainland want nothing more than to catch passage to X-Isle, where food is guaranteed in return for a hard work. Grocery stores are submerged and luckily
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Alyce Hunt
I'm going to be completely honest with you: the only reason I read 'X Isle' was because I'd been participating in a A-Z reading challenge and it's the end of December and I'd totally missed X.
When I eventually found this title, I was quite excited about it. It's the end of the world as we know it, due to the planet being inundating with horrific storms that have completely covered most of central America, and therefore most of the planet. There's only one area that is completely safe: X Isle. O
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Devon
Dec 30, 2014 Devon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Barbara ★
I'm not a fan of the dystopian genre as I find it too disturbing to read about what young kids are forced to endure just to survive. It just reminds me of news stories of people trying to survive in third world countries. It's just too damn depressing. In case you're wondering why I read this book considering my views, I needed a book that started with "X" and they are few and far between. That said, I must admit to enjoying this story of Baz and his survival against all odds on X Isle with craz ...more
Tracy
Oct 21, 2010 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to this book, so I was a tad disappointed that I didn't like it as much as the review made me think I would. But, as I always love me some end-of-the-world stories, this was entertaining if anything. Flash forward to not so far in the future and the world has been demolished by massive floods. Cities are buried underwater and food is scarce. In one small town, families try to buy passage for their sons onto X Isle, where boys work in exchange for three meals a day. B ...more
Jen
This book was obviously written by a male for a male audience.

The premise is good. The floods came and basically destroyed the world. Those left are struggling to survive and wish for the chance to go to X-Isle, an island they believe is rich in food and a better place to be than wherever they are.

X-Isle is run by Preacher John and his sons and every so often they travel to the mainland looking for boys to come to the island. The mainlanders compete with goods to get their boys chosen.

When Baz
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: When it comes to survival, ethics become questionable, and everything comes at a price. Compassion and camaraderie are the only things that give these boys a chance to endure. X-Isle will make you cringe, warm your heart at times while making it race at others, and ultimately leave you to think about what, or really who, is worth surviving for.

Opening Sentence: The steady chug of the diesel engine drew closer, and eventually the salvage boa
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Hannah
Set in a future where the world has flooded and the only dry land available is what used to be hills. Two young boys are chosen to join a salvage crew on their island base. They are chosen by what they could offer the Salvagers in exchange for work and food. Sending their sons to work with the salvage crew is really the only option for many people as they can’t find/afford enough food to feed themselves, let alone their children. On the island the boys find that that being part of the island cre ...more
Chris
Warning to parents: If your young teenage son reads this book, there is a very good chance that you will find him in a bathtub full of water trying to capture his flatulence in a bottle. That is just one of the very clever twists in this post-apocolyptic tale. Massive storms have left much of the world under water. There is no electricity, no way to get food, money has no meaning. The people of the "mainland" are completely dependent on the Eck brothers, who live on an island (Eck's Island gets ...more
P.M.
Dec 23, 2010 P.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Baz is hoping to be chosen to go to live and work on Eck's Isle or X Isle. Together with Ray, a boy of similar age, he is chosen by Isaac Eck and his brothers for the price of two boxes of shotgun shells and a box of cornflakes. This is a very dystopian world because of the floods which covered most of the world. The Ecks operate a salvage company and dive into the sunken cities to loot warehouses and trade with the surviving communities. Baz's father sends him off believing that he has saved hi ...more
Mark Wilkerson
This was a mostly entertaining read that could be seen as YA Dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature. I say "could" in the previous sentence because I think some of the themes of the story could be too dark for young teenagers. Additionally, I am uncomfortable with some of the graphic descriptions that Augarde uses in this novel, particularly the frank talk the characters of the story have regarding bomb-making and weapons. I have no idea if bombs can be made in the way that is meticulously discus ...more
NebraskaIcebergs
Most of us have watched at least one natural disaster movie. In X-Isle, Steve Augarde brings the genre to the young adult book world. Yet this isn't just another catastrophe story. As one new situation after another presents itself, Augarde raises ethical questions:
* How much brutality would you accept to protect others?
* Is it acceptable to hurt others, if just on orders?
* How much hurt would you inflict would do to survive?
* Is murder ever right?
By asking these questions and in proving himself
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I began writing children's books when I was at art college, which means that I’ve spent over thirty years as a children's author. Must be nearly time to grow up. About eighty titles published to date, I think. These include story books and pop-ups for younger readers, as well as my more recent novels for older children. I'm also an illustrator and paper-engineer, and you can see examples of this t ...more
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