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2.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,231 ratings  ·  427 reviews
‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.

Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.

If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall.
Behind it, there are Fools. At least, tha
Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Patchwork Press (first published May 1st 2013)
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This will be a very short review for a very short novella. I'll admit that I'm a little taken aback by the fact that this is essentially a Star Wars AU fanfic - in technical terming. With direct references to the characters, with the main characters having names similar to Star Wars, but it tries to wrap itself up in an original story's hard to separate the narrative when its so contingent upon the other story.

Here's the synopsis: Siblings Leia and Luc (*side-eyes the screen*) are for
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly pleased with this story when I was finished reading it. Although there were a few things that threw me off a bit, Jen Minkman ends up doing a wonderful pulling everything together. There are a lot of Star Wars references in this book. At first I was a bit frustrated and even questioned if this was some kind of fanfiction. Let me assure you all, it is not. The references are explained by the end of the story. Just give it time. Ultimately, in actually adds a new, better level to ...more
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

This was a weird book.
If it's so weird, then why am I giving it three stars?
I'm just assuming you're asking that question, by the way.
Ok, ok, I'll tell you. Because I can't stop thinking about it, that's why!
At first it looks like it's just going to be your regular old dystopian novel about some strange society. And then you start to notice the Star Wars references.
Star Wars!?
That's right, my friend, Star Wars. As in, the huge blockbuster movie that
Jen Minkman
May 28, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
When I decided to try my hand at a dystopian novella, I wanted it to be different from most dystopian books I've read lately. While pondering what angle to use, I remembered reading a very interesting picture book as a kid. I don't remember what the title was now, but basically, it was presented as a journal written by people in the future (about 3500 AD) who 'excavate' a hotel in an old city somewhere in the US. They don't know what a hotel is and think it is a burial chamber. So the guy (or sk ...more
So where to begin, oh I know... in a galaxy far far away, Princess Leia and Luke used the force.... wait that is an Island, not space. Yes, there is an island of people where they worship the good book of their ancestors.
Welcome to Star Wars island

The good book is Star Wars. Their 'founding fathers' are the great Luke and Leia. The beliefs of using your force have be mutated into this really weird society, where children are adults at 10 and must move away from their parents forever. They m
Megan (The Book Babe)
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I have never found myself so disappointed by a dystopian novel. I'm not even sure that this qualifies as a dystopian read. It has all the key attributes (defunct society, ruthless leader, plague), but they didn't really work together. And STAR WARS? Really?

I'm not proud of that...and it's totally sad. I mean, I never understand how lies like that become common truth, but it was particularly unbelievable in this case: their entire society is bas
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, a-distant-future, arc
First, before you judge me, please read the book blurb that drew me to this story in the first place: "Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ash
May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia

The waves are calling, beckoning me.
As my blood turns to water I bleed into the sea.
And the current of hope will carry me home
No woman is an island, and I am not alone.

At the tender age of 10 years old, every children on the Island, must say goodbye to their parents and learn to fend for themselves. To learn how to survive, when the rule is the survival of the fittest. They cease to have parents, they can't depend on anyone.

Across the island, there is a wall, that separates them of the Foo
Frk. Hyms
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before I started reading The Island I was warned that it could seem like Star Wars fan fiction and I want to set one thing straight from the very beginning: This is NOT fan fiction! If you think it is, you have either not read the entire story or you have no idea what fan fiction is. But yes, Star Wars is mentioned and actually plays a rather important part of the story, but never in a fan fiction kind of way (I’m not saying there is something wrong with fan fiction – I’m just trying to separate ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forpleasure, e-books
I listened to this book from start to finish today. The plot really pulled me in. Sometimes while I'm on a long drive I'll have the kindle voice read one of my e-books to me. The plot was easy to follow and the point of view was simple to track because the novel was written in the first person point of view. Sometimes I feel the story differently when I experience a book this way, but I really enjoyed this one. There were no annoying repetitious phrases to distract me. The dystopian plot paralle ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, dystopian
It feels as if there's a potentially interesting 300 page novel trying to escape from the pages of this novella. The story is all too familiar to fans of dystopian fiction - heroine lives a life of mild dissatisfaction in a cloistered world until she realises that All Is Not As It Seems and she bravely escapes to the Outside World, creating a revolution on the way. Nothing wrong with the formula, if it's done well and with some original elements. The problem here is that everything seems so rush ...more
Olivia (Bookcomet)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I don't read many novellas but this one was really good.

I liked the Star Wars references, they did not bother me at all. I think all the Star Wars references made perfect sense as well in the end - although I did guess the ending.

This was a very enjoyable book, there was lots of action and it was very entertaining. It was exactly the sort of book that I like, fast paced and with a pinch of dystopia. I thought that the author did a great job of incorpora
Kara Baker-finch
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this novella as a part of a book giveaway and what intrigued me about the description was that it sounded like a Lost/The Village type story. I was completely surprised by the main theme of the book. I recognized the names given to the characters based on a very famous series of movies. As I read it, I started to make certain assumptions based on those names and was totally shocked to learn the truth behind the mystery of the island. This novella is a very quick read. I read it in just a ...more
Feminerd Charm
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult
What I liked about the novel: Right off the bat, my go to answer would be: The premise and Leia, the MC. The premise is devilishly wonderful. Throughout the book I was sitting there with an evil grin, saying to myself, “oh man!! this is REALLY gonna ruffle some feathers” — and that’s the kinda premise I love to read, ESPECIALLY in a dystopian novel. For one, the premise is COMPLETELY, and utterly and almost embarrassingly, possible — making this an excellent example of true dystopian-ness. But s ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Leia lives on an island where the society she is from sends their children off to live in a place called the Manor at the age of ten. They are considered old enough to be on their own and must go and learn the rest of what they need to know to survive at the manor where at some point by the age of nineteen they should choose a mate and get married to then return to the village of the parents.

When Leia's friend Andy tells them that their leader is lying to them Leia steals "the book" that contai
The Island is that type of "short story" that I would have liked to be a regular novel

The author has managed to stir my curiosity, and the bad part about it is that the information received, in accordance with the "short story rules", is not enough.

The action, which takes place in a short period of time, has a good rhythm. Goods and evils happen equally offering various possible consequences. The intelligence and even the spirit of survival that characters are looking to develop will shape the d
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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Okay, I'm not a big fan of Star Wars. I like the movies, but I'm not a big fan and if I'd seen the resemblance in the blurb on Netgalley (which was different from the one on Goodreads) I wouldn't have requested it. But none the less... I didn't hate the book. But I can't help but wonder if this book doesn't violate any copyright...

This is a short book, a novella. It only has about 80 pages, so I got through it quick. Partly because after 40 or so pages I just skimmed through the rest. It was ok
Jenny (Reading Envy)
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jen Minkman, Patchwork Press and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Leia lives on a remote island in a dystopian future, where at the age of 10, children leave home and live together self-sufficiently, until they marry (before age 19), and are allowed to return to the village in which they were born.

One day her best friend tells her that the book by which the people of the island live, has secret parts that
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Imagine living on an island where the children are considered adults at the age of 10. When they become adults they have to leave their parent's home and go live at the manor; the big house on the island. The children will never live with their parents again and will never be more to them than a mere strange that they have passed on the street. The children go to th
Sandra "Jeanz"
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book directly from the Author as I had read another book by her and loved it, so she asked if I would be interested in reading her first attempt at a new genre. As dystopian is my favourite genre I of course agreed immediately. In fact I was so looking forward to it, that I put my current read on hold to read the novella. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. This book has been a really difficult one to review for me, as I loved Jen's other book Shadow'
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. I'm a little torn on what to rate this one.

On the one hand, the story started off strong, really grabbed my attention both with its initial setting and the flow of the first few chapters. I loved the dialogue in Chapter 1, which easily seemed like a world of its own. I only wish it'd endured throughout the entire narrative (very quickly after the first chapter, it felt like the dialogue had reverted to typical teenager-speak, which, although carried throughout the remainder of the book, fel
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See life in a Dystopian world through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old girl and experience what life could be like if we created walls around us in The Island by Jen Minkman. On an island, where the rest of the world is excluded, young children must leave home to survive on their own. On the other side of a great wall are the “Fools,” those who do not follow the beliefs of an ancient tome, which talks of “the force.” But something does
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This is a really quick read. I was intrigued from the start, Leia is the lead character and lends her POV to the narration. She is like many leads in YA books, an ordinary girl just trying to make her way in the world. She is faces with injustice and takes up the reigns to invoke change. I like the type of stories where characters do not seek to be leaders but find that they are because of circumstances.

It is a really interesting and solid
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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This was a good storyline but I did not enjoy the star wars references, it made it all a little annoying, (nothing against Star Wars, just felt like it was trying to make it about Star Wars. The writing was good and the rest of story was good and a nice ending. The character’s were interesting. If the Star Wars bit had not been in it, it would have been 4 stars out of 5. Has a few inconsistencies too.

3 out of 5 stars.

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0% – I like the idea of this book, it show
Liz Meldon

Staaaar Waaaaaaars!

Not going to lie: half the reason I enjoyed this little novella so much was BECAUSE of all the Star Wars references. I wish there'd been more. I'm a huge fan, and after reading the reviews before reading the book, I went in with a general idea of what might be happening. I'm glad I did, because I took all the Star Wars bits and pieces lightheartedly, rather than suddenly realizing what's happening and becoming annoyed.

So a post-apocalyptic novella, I found the world was lacki
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(This review may contain spoilers).

The first scene of this book immediately piqued my interest. It kept me reading, wanting to know about this culture - why children had to leave their parents when they reached the age of ten. What was the whole history of the culture? The questions raised were many - and I was eager to keep reading and find out more.

I thought the author did a really good job of showing how power can corrupt - though I did question why no one thought to investigate the manor whe
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arcs, young-adult
3.5 stars.
ARC copy provided by Net Galley.

On the island is a wall. On one side of the wall live the elusive Fools; those who believe that people from the world beyond will come and save them. On the other side lives Leia, and her people. At the age of 10, all children are forced from their parents' home to live with other children and teenagers in the manor. Their leader, Sol, reads from The Book; the only relic of their ancestors' past. But things are changing; Leia has reason to believe that
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

After some unknown cataclysmic event the population of the Island split into two distinct belief systems and cultures. This story is told from the point of view of an "Unbeliever" and illustrates their ways and belief system especially in regards to growing up and the "Fools" that live behind the wall.

Leia was named after one of the famous twins who were the ancestors of all that live on the Island both Unbeliever and Fool. Her time of be
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Jen Minkman (1978) writes YA paranormal romance, dystopian fiction and poetry. She is from the Netherlands and self-publishes her work in English. Her works are available in paperback & digital format (ebook and audio).
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