In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.
On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.
But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen.
To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run―a betrayal and a death sentence.
Length: 400 Pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: February 14, 2017
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
It is rare for me to know I am going to love a book just from the first page. This was one of those books. Erica Cameron’s writing is breathtaking and I couldn’t put Island of Exiles down.
I’ll admit there were times I got hung up by unfamiliar words, and because the setting is in a tribal-like village, there were a lot of them. Also, from what I could tell, there were three genders in the tribe, instead of two. This wasn’t explained and since Erica was using a third set of unfamiliar pronouns, it took me a bit to realize it wasn’t a type-o. And then I still stumbled over them.
To be fair, Erica provides a comprehensive glossary of all of the terms used. But it is in the back of the book and I didn’t discover this until after finishing the novel.
All that being said though, I LOVED this book. I read it before going to bed, and then as soon as I woke up. If you are worried that it is another ‘government conspiracy, the people have to fight back’ kind of book, then let me ease your mind. It is different than anything I’ve read and you’d be crazy not to pick it up. Erica’s world-building is perfect, and she has a way of making you care about every one of the characters from the beginning.
I definitely have to give Island of Exiles 5 out of 5 Stars.
Language: No vulgar language
Sexual: Some passionate kissing and references to sex
Violence: Fantastical violence, nothing graphic