The Island at the End of the World
A chilling post-apocalyptic tale of how far a father will go to protect his children-from the author of The Amnesiac
In a world nearly destroyed by catastrophic floods, one family has been spared. Many years ago, as the waters rose, a father and his three children took to their ark and drifted to the safety of a small island. Life there is a quiet idyll of music and farmin...more
Then there was that horrible scene in the very beginning where the father kills the boy's cat, then sticks the cat in a game trap to make it look like an accident...
Not to mention the incest.
Nine-year-old Finn lives up to his name, narrating in an uneducated, spelling-challenged way. I actually found this aspect of the book a litt...more
How far should parents go to protect their children from the evils of the world and does it matter how ridiculous/restrictive the methods are if it is for a "greater good?"
The Island at the End of the World is the story of a man and his three children living all alone on an island for several years. While under the belief that th...more
The story begins with Pa as the narrator, who speaks almost in tongues. When he's not shouting f**k, his favorite wor...more
This book is so different to anything I've read before, but after just finishing it I feel a bit ripped off. In the beginning, I had to make a real effort to "get into" the book (as many others have noted, Finn's narration was irritating to begin with but I did grow accustom to it in the end) but stuck with it because there was a certain enigma that I was hoping would pay off. Half way through the book with the arrival of Will is when the book really grabbed me. Everything that I found irritatin...more
It was "difficult" for me to get going b/c the narrator changes from chapter to chapter. This wasn't really the problem, except that one of the narrators (thankfully only in the first half) is 8-year-old Finn. And, the author decided to write the way an 8-...more
The premise of the story is interesting enough, but the problem is it never develops. The characters remain flat and predictable, as does the plot. The father's bible-thumping/short temper scenes seem to play out over and over again just in different settings. The young boy's...more
Also, there are no tigers in this book. None. Not even a mention. So that was dissappointing.
And finally a logic issue. Pa watches Will slowly appoach the island for d...more
I finished it only because I wanted to see what happened. The ending wasn't surprising, but wasn't completely satisfying as I'd have...more
The story is told through the voices of three of it's characters and there is no other way that it could have been done which helps to build the suspense as the reader learns that things aren't exactly as they seem to be. The end of the book is quite a shock and at the same time I was left wondering what was going to happen after the events in the book took place.
Reading Finn's parts was hard until I got used to them and he turned out to be my fav...more