The 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 f...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
Other Side covers Ho...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
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
The Other Side of the Island
This book is about this girl named Honor. She lives in a post-apocalyptic world where there was a massive flood that submerged the world with only the mountain tops remaining. Now because of that flood a dystopian society called the corporation rules the world and is trying to establish something called new weather which corrects floods and storms. In this book Honor is made fun of and picked on because she is not ordinary. Her parents also behave like...more
The book starts as Honor is 10. The wording is simple, as a child would see things; however, the point of view is 3rd. Honor doesn't fit in because she's come from the wild northern islands, she's been homeschooled, and her name has a silent H. Classes are determined by the first letter of your names. Names come from approved lists. The teachers say people will be confused and hear an O in Honor, believi...more
This book was great! I loved every minute of it. From start to finish, I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to Honor and her family. On an island where the colours of the sky are controlled and everyone is expected to be the same, Honor's family seems to stick out....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 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
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
I haven’t read a lot of dystopian novels at this point in my life, but I do love them. The Other Side of the Island has only increased my intrigue in this genre. What I loved about this novel is the idea of Mother Earth being something dangerous. The idea of Mother Ear...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
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
Honor and her family move to island 365 after they are caught living in the unmarke...more
A new age is upon the earth. After the Flood, the planet was reborn as a series of Islands, looked after by the glorious Earth Mother. She has created a calm and safe world, where anything inaccurate or unpredictable is a thing of the past.
For Honor, though, her life isn't as simple. The weather is much more predictable than her parents, who aren't as conscientious about following the rules as they should be. As Honor grows up, she has to decide to either fit in with everyone else or doubt the r...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.”