Review: The Castaways by Jessica Fleck

The CastawaysYou know my Top Hits list at the top of this page? Yeah, this totally made it onto that list. And I made the cover extra big because I’m totally in love with it!

SUMMARY

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.

Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.

Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.

But victory may require more betrayal, sacrifice, and heartbreak than she’s ready for.

Length: 320 Pages

Release Date: April 3, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Teen

About the Author:

Jessika Fleck is a writer, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to Jessicaone day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. She loves writing novels for young adults and her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is also a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, The Kidliterati. Jessika has lived all over the U.S. from Hawaii to Vermont, but currently calls Illinois home. She lives there with her sociology professor husband and two daughters where she’s learning to appreciate the beauty in cornfields and terrifyingly large cicadas. You can find her at www.jessikafleck.com.

REVIEW

I enjoy fantasy as much as the next person. In fact, I’ve reviewed many MANY fantasy novels on this site. But sometimes you need a change. You want someone to mix things up in a way you’ve never seen before. And Jessika Fleck totally delivered with this.

Think Lord of the Flies meets Lost.

Olive is always running from who she is. In fact, she is doing just that when she runs into a corn maze she’s always been terrified of. And she’s doing exactly that when she crawls off the trampled path and into another world–an island, to be more exact. A world where kids fend for themselves, and protect each other. They aren’t protecting each other from wild animals or other likely threats, though. They are protecting each other from other kids. There are two clans, and if the other clan gets a hold of you? Well…don’t let them.

But not everything is as it seems, not to mention the island seems to have a mind of its own.

I loved this book because of the complexity of the characters. No one is all good or all bad. They all have fears, they all have trust issues, and they all have to decide what is worth sacrificing for the greater good. And I loved every one of them. I was sucked in from the very beginning, and savored every page. Not only were the characters amazing, but Jessika Fleck has an amazing with words and set up the island in exquisite detail. I kinda wanted to move there!

If you couldn’t tell by now, I am giving The Castaways 5 out of 5 stars.

 

AVAILABILITY

The Castaways is available both digitally and in paperback. Click on the image below for more reviews and/or to purchase it. And I HIGHLY recommend purchasing it in some form or another. As always, HAPPY READING!!!

 

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