Other Side of the Island
Honor and her parents have been reassigned to live on Island 365 in the Tranquil Sea. Life is peaceful there—the color of the sky is regulated by Earth Mother, a corporation that controls New Weather, and it almost never rains. Everyone fi...more
Other Side covers Ho...more
This is the world the author creates for Honor Greenspoon- ten years old when the book starts, fourteen when it ends. We don't know the...more
First paragraph chapter one: All this happened many years ago, before the streets were air-conditioned. Children played outside then, and in many places the sky was naturally blue. A girl moved to a town house in the Colonies on Island 365 in the Tranquil Sea.
Back cover: About this island, Honor knows this much is true: Enclosure means safe and secure. Different is dangerous. Disappear means no one here. And Earth Mother is always watching.
There are some good subtle touches in the book - I like how references...more
Wow, some of the stuff the author thought up in here was pretty wicked. The concept of this book is fantastic and thoroughly developed. Some of the plot twists were predictable and others weren’t. The characters, especially Honor, were realistic with plenty of room for growth, and had their own vices and flaws.
The pacing of th...more
One aspect of the book that I did find really interesting was the conundrum that Honor’s parents were in. They, being revolutionaries, were having difficulty coming to terms with letting their ch...more
When I noticed I was 3/4ths of the way done, I had no idea how this was going to be wrapped up. I really should not have worried, as it simply was not. It ended on essentially a cliffhanger, but unlike nearly every other YA book needing to be a trilogy, Goodman writes at the end, in an author's notes section that she likes ambiguity, ending with more questions than answers. To this I say "hmmm" and "phfft".
To me this i...more
One thing that distinguishes The Other Side of the Island from other dystopian stories is that this is clearly set after the World suffers some of the effects of global warming. This aspect makes the story seem a bit more relevant and possible. Another distinguishing aspect is...more
It's the eighteenth year of Enclosure and everything on the islands in the Tranquil Sea have become regulated. Earth Mother and her Corporation, who have a vision for a world with only happiness, control everything from jobs to the weather to children's names - and expect everyone to conform to this view of normality, no matter what the consequence. On Island 365 lives a girl named Honor and her family, who don't really fit into this society.
While Honor des...more
At the beginning of the book, I didn't know what to think about her parents. They seemed so irresponsible and they didn't seem to care what would happen to Honor, but as I got further and further in the book, I realized that maybe it was better that they did the things the...more
The main character Honor a.k.a Heloise is both lovable and annoying .She doesn't question what she should and accepts what she shouldn't ,she makes wrong choices and has mixed feelings about her family.But she learns, she gradually sees thi...more
Well, first of all, the writing wasn't great. It was quite simple (which can be fine) but the story didn't develop enough for me to get past that. It was not detail oriented. The book was too short, there were a lot of opportunities for things to be explored that didn't happen. The ending was abrupt.
I was confused about Honor's age most of the time. It says that s...more
Honor's family moves to an Enclosed island, where more than just the weather is controlled. I appreciated the conflict that Honor felt -- every girl wants to fit in at school, no matter how much she loves her parents (who of course want to stand up for bigger principles). But there was no particular spark to the sto...more
I was unsure what to expect in this book the reason bein...more
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'Ho bum," boasted Will, 'I could stand here all day and this kite would hold. It's like fishing.'
'Fishing in reverse,' said Pamela. 'Sky fishing.'
'What do you fish for in the air?' asked Honor.
Pamela and Will started laughing. 'Oh, planets,' said Will. 'The occasional comet. An asteroid or two.'
Honor held one kite string, and Will held the other. Pamela held Quintilian. On those afternoons, four did not seem like the wrong number for a family. Four seemed just right.”
'What's that supposed to mean?' asked Honor.
'It means I'm funny once you get to know me,' Fanny said.”