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A really good story (just don't read the intro).
on 16 April 2013
I bought this for twenty whole English pence for my Kindle because it sounded alright - I didn't have any strong feelings either way about it, but I thought for 20p, I couldn't really go wrong. The book began with an introduction from the author which to be honest, nearly put me off reading the entire book. It was a load of pretentious waffle about how she had thought up the idea for Big Brother/Castaway first and so on, and so on, and what her book really MEANS. It might be the case that she dreamed up these things first - I have no idea - and I don't much care - I certainly don't want to be told what to make of her book. She's done her bit in writing it - it's up to me now to interpret it as I see fit. I can never understand why writers always want to tell their readers what to think - readers are perfectly capable of making up their own minds about the story; and this was just one further example of why authors should never introduce their own work, but just leave well alone.
So I got through the introduction and onto the story - at this point I was prepared not to like it at all - so it was a wonderful surprise when I found that, actually, I loved it. This is an entirely original story with strong characters each of whom have unique and individual voices. I loved pretty much everything about this book (excluding the introduction by the author). I loved the set up, the characters, the island, and the way the story progressed to its rather unique ending. I even loved Sebastian the spider (and I'm a bit like Thea where spiders are concerned).
This is really a very good book. I'm going to read some more of this author - I'm just going to stay away from her introductions.