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Dr. Franklin's Island

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,165 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Semi, Miranda, and Arnie are part of a group of 50 British Young Conservationists on their way to a wildlife conservation station deep in the rain forests of Ecuador. After a terrifying mid-air disaster and subsequent crash, these three are the sole survivors, stranded together on a deserted tropical island. Or so they think. Semi, Miranda, and Arnie stumble into the hands ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 14th 2003 by Laurel Leaf (first published June 21st 2001)
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I read this book a long time ago, and recently picked it up again at the library because I remembered it was a great science fiction read and I was looking for something in that genre to satisfy the craving I’ve been having for that sort of book. Dr. Franklin’s Island was just as great as the first time around, reeling me in and dragging me along for the ride.

Of course, the book also freaked me out, in major ways. It took basically everything I fear (being trapped with no escape, having no one
Sam Cristol
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good. It was definitely a great idea, but the writing kind of ruined it for me. I really liked the idea, and concept that children were captured and genetically modified to become transgenics, and I thought that the concept of getting lost on an island was good for the idea. Now, I found the original concept to be close to the short story The Most Dangerous Game . Otherwise, the actual idea of humans with DNA is similar to the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson.

To be
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Jul 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
Oh dear, quite possibly one of the most boring books I have ever read. Okay, I mean, it started out fairly good. And I was confident it would be good because my friend wouldn't let it rest till I read it. But the second they became animals, I seriously was falling asleep. It was SO boring. Nothing was happening. At all. Had to go through pages and pages of a freaking mantra swimming around doing... nothing. The start was okay, and the end was okay. But everything in between was garbage.
Camille Rivett
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
In the beginning of the book it was good. I had difficulty putting it down. But after a while it just started to drag. Nothing happened! And it wasn't like one of those books that were amazing, but when u think about it, what really happened? No. It was boring she kept dragging on about all of her problems, FOR PAGES AND PAGES she did this. A bit too much description for my taste.
Apr 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
So, let the students pick the book we would read for Book Club...Sigh. The book wasn't that good. I guess the author thought that since it is a young adult novel, she didn't have to include a plot that was realistic. Or maybe this just isn't my type of book. The best thing I can say about it is that we are finished. Phew.
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was very fast paced and the concept (transgenics) is intriguing. There were a few parts that were a little too convenient and unrealistic. To me, this always happens in sci fi books.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
First thing I thought of when I heard about this book was The Island of Dr. Moreau. Note by the author at the end said it was inspired by The Island of Dr. Moreau. Called it!

Anyway, started off like it was going to be super horror style, but it takes down significantly. The writing style is a little different, almost as if the main character is recounting the story to the reader. Some people are bothered by it in other reviews, it seemed fine to me.

Anyway, I thought it would be creepier than it
Rebecca Loomis
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought this book in the 5th grade and remembered loving it, but forgot all that happened. Reading it again, I remember why it was a cherished favorite. The best aspect I think is the friendship that gradually developed between Miranda and Semi. Many times, I teared up at its manifestation. My only beef is that the author switches to present tense a couple times, seemingly by mistake.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Oct 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Dr. Franklins Island was a very strange book. I didn’t really like or care for this book at all. I wouldn’t really recommend this book to anyone unless they are love science fiction books. At the beginning of the story a group of teenagers plane crashed in an ocean surrounding a small tropical island on their way to a wildlife conservation center in the rainforests of Ecuador. Only three teens survive the crash. The three are left to fend for themselves on the island and they make an ...more
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Franklins Island is a very suspensfull book, and it is a very good page turner.
When their is a plane crash in the middle of the ocean their are only 3 people who survive the crash. Dr Franklin is very scary and very manipulitive of their minds. I like how they turn into the animals that they have always wished they could be. But then Dr. Franklin keeps them in cages and studies them and experiments on them. When they see all of the teenagers that he has experimented on and turned into
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
While Ann Halam's YA novel offers an imaginative and horrific story for young readers, I personally found the book to be somewhat bland. Halam offers an interesting set-up for her characters, three young teens who, after surviving a plane crash, find themselves stranded on a deserted island with a mad scientist, but it is her characters that are the cause of the book's main issues. The book's three young teens come across as quite dull and while their situation is sympathetic, there is nothing ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've never read or seen The Island of Dr. Moreau, but I'm guessing that this book is more or less a teen version of the idea. (In an author's note, Ann Halam acknowledges that the novel was "somewhat inspired" by Dr. Moreau.) The beginning was a little slow for me, and I had a hard time liking Semi, the main character. The book is told from her point of view, and, especially at its opening, I sort of found her annoying. The plot picks up and takes a surprising (and graphic) turn towards the ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I had to read this in school for a book club, and my teacher started a class book right in the middle of book clubs so it took me FOREVER to finish. I think my teacher forgot we even had book club books to finish.
Anyway, this book was really well developed. There was a lot of psychological components, as well as science that gave this book a touch of reality. I think I would have enjoyed this more if the descriptions of dead bodies and other living injuries weren't so graphic; that was a bit
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plane crash, check. Stranded on an island, check. This book has all the makings of what I would read. And it gets better - there's some degree of suspense and a good stream of science-fiction (genetics and stuff), all mixed with a healthy portion of emotion. How do you deal with being the first human guinea pig for an experiment? And not just psychologically - how do you cope when you start... changing? What will you do when your friend, a fellow crash survivor, begins to lose her human ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
This story is a teenage version of The Island of Dr. Moreau. A group of teenage students on their way to a science expedition in Ecuador become stranded on a private island owned by a mad scientist who wants to experiment turning humans into animals. This was an interesting story, but is definitely not for the squeamish. The descriptions of the dead bodies from the plane crash and the scientific experiments are very detailed and a bit horrific. While I wanted to know what happened, I felt like ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best science- fiction I've read. The story was amazing because of all these commotions between the characters of how they can turn back to normal and escape from Dr.franklin. The ending was kind of disappointing for me because they get back home and live their life's again. The characters was loveable for me it is and was a one of a kind because of the experience of these characters almost seem realistic. This is what made the book fantastic
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about semi and her friends going to planet savers trip, then their plane crashed on an island. They were stuck there with no food but there were coconuts, suddenly they a man and it was Dr. franklin. I like this book because when I read each chapter the keeps getting good. What I don't like about this book is when Dr.franklin had failed the experiment.
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was dorky. I can't help it, I want to write a review. Perhaps it will save other people from becoming a victim. It started out so well and I was excited about what could happen and then it turned absolutely silly. Dr. Franklin turns the girls into a bird and a manta ray for crying out loud.
Jul 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
It started off decent but the rest of it was terrible! This is one of the worst books I have ever read. So if you ever pick this up, do yourself a favor and put it back on the shelf and never read it.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Finished it during English class today. Not a bad book over all. Very much my style of book, sci-fi and all. A bit over detailed, as i always say about books read in a hurry, but i actually would recommend this book and would read the sequel.
Maddly Peculiar
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a REALLY interesting book! There’s (obviously) a lot of science fiction happening but it’s dumbed down so even laymen like myself can understand it. I think the best way to describe it is the anamorphs series meets human centipede.
Courtney Smith
The first part of this book (when they were stranded on the island) was great. After that, I was bored stiff and kept thinking that this is an awful lot like The Island of Dr. Moreau. I felt that this story had potential, but didn't deliver.
Kent R.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the best Sci-Fy book I read I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was very fast paced and the concept (transgenics) is intriguing. There were a few parts that were a little too convenient and unrealistic. To me, this always happens in sci-fi books.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this in English class at secondary school, unfortunately I can't quite remember which year I was in. Some of the imagery described is still quite vivid for me today. I believe it's loosely based off "The Island of Dr. Moreau" by H.G. Wells. This is on my 'to-read' list.
Deanna Altomara
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A little slow in the beginning and lacking of character development, but overall a good read:)
James Morton
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
the book has good plot, and overall a really good read
Lisa Lemus
Mar 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh
Waste of time. Just skip to the chase and read the good H.G. Wells' original version.
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Ann Halam is a pseudonym of Gwyneth Jones.

As well as being a children’s author, Ann Halam writes adult science fiction and fantasy books as the popular and prizewinning author Gwyneth Jones. Her most recent titles for Wendy Lamb Books are Dr. Franklin’s Island, Taylor Five, and Siberia. She lives in Brighton, England.
“The plane blew up.”
“I wonder what happened to all the other people?”
As soon as I’d spoken, I wished I hadn’t said that. I decided shy people shouldn’t try to make conversation, not even in an emergency. If I manage to talk to strangers at all, nervousness always makes me say the wrong thing.”
“But I suppose I’m a typical nerd, good at the details, not very smart at seeing the larger picture. I’d gone in for the competition because I liked my science teacher, and it had been like doing any interesting piece of homework. I had not thought it through. I had never sat myself down and said to myself, hold on, Semirah, what if you win? You are shy. How are you going to survive for three weeks surrounded by total strangers?” 1 likes
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