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Gullstruck Island Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Jun 2010
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Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now. (Patrick Ness)
A triumph of imagination and wordplay. An adventure as fierce and fiery as the volcanoes that rule it . . . and the girl that rules them! Now in paperback - launching a stunning new cover look!See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Its quirky and when you add to the mix an arc featuring murder, betrayal as well as consequences from inaction due to the character tribes fear and you have a tale that really does inspire. A great offering and definitely an author to watch.
There are hard hitting themes in this book of ethnic cleansing, death, betrayal and revenge but it's done in a beautifully told fairytale manner which makes it suitable for any teenager. The island landscape of volcanoes, jungle and sea is brought to life and the scenery becomes a character in the story. The different tribes and villages and towns have some real conflict in this book which keeps the story zipping along with the sisters travelling across the island. I found the book surprising and original to the last page and recommend it for teenagers.
As you'd expect from a Frances Hardinge novel, this is a wonderfully imagined world that's chock filled with cultural, geographical and historical details that bring it to - at times a delightfully absurd - life. I particularly loved the development of the history of the Cavalcaste conquest of the island as resulting from a need to have new spaces to place their dead and the awful consequences that this has had generations down the line. There's a brilliant glossary at the end, which further expands on the world she's created. Hardinge weaves elements from many different cultures into her story and its world - including Polynesia, Maori, Aztec and Mayan civilisation and hints at some African cultures - although she is careful to say that the world itself is entirely of her own making.
The plot is intricately constructed - part escape story, part revenge story - and there are many layers to it as Hardinge brings in the wider context. What I really liked about the novel is the way it plays with the concept of a `chosen one'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is probably the best of Hardinge's books; a bleaker world than Musca's, with moments of terror and long weeks of worry, with colonialism and racism and telepathy and genocide... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. T. O. Womack
Oh Frances. Why are you not better known?
This book is beautiful, I wish I'd written it. Everyone should read Hardinge's books, and this is a wonderful place to start. Read more
Another amazing Hardinge world - one you never want to leave, but are drawn on with pace and progressive revelation that satisfies. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2015 by Amazon Customer
Let me get this straight right of the bat. This book is good. You should definitely read it. It's also very unique. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2011 by A. Wright
Unfortunately this book just didn't work for me, which is a shame considering the positive reviews. I enjoy reading YA books, especially fantasy, and I hoped for great things. Read morePublished on 19 May 2011 by Michelle Moore
It's hard to give Gullstruck Island a good and full synopsis, there's so much great detail in the world Hardinge has created and the central mystery has enough twists and turns to... Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2010 by H
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