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X-Isle

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  515 ratings  ·  99 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
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
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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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
Anila
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Katie
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
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
Polly
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
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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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
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.
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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Carol
There was a series of catastrophic storms that flooded most of the world, severing communications and food-supply lines. The only way to improve upon their situation and to get food in their stomach is to get passage to X Isle. Unfortunately the traders from the mysterious island only take teenage boys. Every time the trading ship comes to the mainland people crowd the shore with their most prized possessions trying to gain passage for their children to the safe haven of X Isle. Thanks to his fa ...more
S Berry
This would be a great story for YA, especially boys, but it is just as good for adults as well.

After the world has flooded families are eager for their boys to be chosen to go to the island. Life is very hard and the island is thought to be a way to improve their lives. What they find when they get there is not what they expected though and it's too late to do anything about it now that they are there.

There is a hierarchy among the boys with the older ones, who have been there longer, being in c
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Jenben8426
The floods have come and millions lie beneath the water that won't recede. Perhaps those are the lucky ones, because above the water has become almost unbearable. There is little food, and hardly any protection from the thieves that threaten the survivors. Baz and his father know that there is only one way that Baz can survive and that is to find a way to get to X Isle--an island that is rumored to be better--where young boys can hire on and work for the Eck family, get fed three times a day, an ...more
Danny
X Isle is a brutal tale, packed with action, plotting and survival of the fittest.

In X Isle we are introduced to the tightnit community of their workers on the island. The author does a great job of gradually getting us to learn the different characters. They each had distinct personalities apart from Natalie and Steffie who I never really clicked with. Baz, the main character, has a strong work ethic and values. He was a great hero and it was nice to see him slowly kind of change like all the o
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04hucklet
Huckle Thorpe
Period 4
X isle
By: Steve Augarde

Your honor I would like to present to you today the book X isle, by Steve Augarde. This is a story written about the Earth. The Earth has had a large change and has become flooded. The people immediately become forced to find a way for survival. They are running out of food and there is no place for shelter. Baz is the main character, his dad gambles for food by playing poker. He is able to put food on the table but it is very difficult. Baz is living
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Hava
Oct 11, 2010 Hava rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a pre-teen boy
Someone else said in their review that this book was too close to "Lord of the Flies" which I haven't read, but based on what I've heard about "Lord of the Flies," I would say that there's a pretty good chance that that's true. There's certainly a lot of disturbing parts to the book where the main character (Baz) realizes that he's very capable of violence when his life is on the line. He learns that when it comes right down to it, survival is more important than anything, and he doesn't particu ...more
Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)
Its rare that I don’t finish a book, I don’t like to give up on things, especially books, as you never know what could be happening on the next page. Sadly X Isle makes it to the short list of books that I didn’t finish.

A promising plot is ruined by bland characters, an obvious twist and rather a lot of fluff, which I suspect was used to fill out the book.

The story is set in the future, as many good YA books are, the worlds flooded and the only hope for a decent life is the mysterious X Isle a p
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Cindy
Recommended Age:
16+

Overall Rating: 3.5 stars


Overall Review:
Baz is desperate to get to X-Isle—the only place in his drowned world where there is enough food. Or so the rumors say, anyway. Once he makes it there, X-Isle is nothing at all like Baz imagined it would be. Instead of a life of luxury, Baz finds himself in what feels more like a nightmare than anything else.

X-Isle is tense, gripping, and thought-provoking. I connected to Baz and was intrigued by the post-apocalyptic world Augarde has c
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Alice Radwell
A dystopian premise I haven’t seen tackled in YA fiction before, but I think the blurb is a little misleading. A drowned world is an intriguing notion, but the plot-line could have worked just as well under a number of other circumstances; the flooded environment didn’t feel integral to what was happening, but it made for an interesting angle.

The fact the author has chosen to set his story in the not-to-distant future, where we still eat Cornflakes and ride bikes to school, is a clever and engag
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