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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Severed Press (8 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1925342565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1925342567
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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This was a book which took a few different things which are popular right now and put them together. Imagine reality television, the island from Jurassic Park, and The Hunger Games film combined and you get an idea of what this book is about.

The contestants must battle to survive in order to win. They have to not only survive the island itself, but also each other. Only the best one can win, and nothing is taboo on this island.

An enjoyable read.
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Imagine what you would do in a world where air pollution is so bad, it causes lung cancer in you and those you love. Would you do anything to save your child’s life? Would you trade your life for theirs?

That’s exactly what Chase deals with. Set in the future, Chase watches his daughter dying of lung cancer every day, and it isn’t long before he contracts the disease himself. Ignoring his own illness, he wants nothing more than to be able to afford medication to prolong his young daughter’s life.

As a last-ditch effort to find employment, Chase heads off early one morning to a job fair with hundreds of other people when an advertisement plays on a billboard as Chase waits his turn in the queue. The message is simple, survive The Island and the Lomar Corporation will give the winner anything he wants. All the winner has to do is be the only survivor.

Despite Chase’s wife’s protests, he signs up because he sees it as the only way to save his daughter. He and the other contestants head to The Island and find themselves in a fight for their lives – not only against each other, but against everything living on The Island. Chase was either going to save his daughter or die trying.

I’ve been a huge fan of Michael Bray since reading Meat: Uncut over a year ago. I’ve eagerly devoured every book he has released since then and when The Island came out, I couldn’t wait to dive in.

Let’s start off with the bad. This book had a lot more typos and mistakes than I am used to in a Michael Bray novel, so that was kind of disappointing. He usually releases his books with stellar editing and this was far from it. I definitely expected better.
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The story starts in 2018 and introduces the character Damian Lomar. A man looking to take the reigns of the Lomar Corporation from his father; Jackson.

Damian has a vision. A vision of producing an island. A totally man made structure. A natural habitat for creatures of the world to exist in peace, away from the polluted cities.

Forward to 2043. The pollution in the city is worse and the economy is broken. People cannot find work. Enter Chase Riley. A man desperate to find work to support his wife Ashley and terminally ill daughter Elsie. Elsie, now nine was diagnosed with lung cancer when she was five years old. Chase himself is becoming more concerned at his ever worsening cough.

Damian Lomar publicly announces that he wants to re-open the island after ten years. He has the idea of producing a reality TV show. The concept is simple; Survive the island, travel from one side to the other and one person can win whatever prize they desire. Money, publicity. In a world where Chase can find a cure for his daughter for the right price, he attempts to enter the competition, only to have his suspicions confirmed about his own failing health.

The first six contestants are assembled and meet up with Damian Lomar before travelling to the island; Chase, Moses, Perrie, Ryder, Ellie, and Alex. They are about to go head to head in a competition that signing a waiver could ultimately result in signing their own death warrant.

Nobody knows for sure who or what is on the island. As the competitors are dropped in the safe zone and camp overnight, rumours of radiation contaminated mutants, and ghosts emerge.

As they proceed, it seems that things are not as straight forward as they first thought as they get involved in the thrill of the hunt.
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The Island starts in the not so distant future where corporations have taken over and hold the general public at ransom as unemployment, global warming and greed have taken control to devastating effect.

The main character Chase is a man driven by the love of his family and always trying to do the right thing though at times, it does leave him a bit naive to the circumstances that he finds himself. As the story unfolds, we have a man who is desperate to save his family and at the other end of the scale, a main protagonist who is at the other end of the scale with money, greed and social standing.

The two types are well drawn and Bray skates across thin ice in order to prevent any of his characters coming across two dimensional. He pulls it out of the hat to give them a three dimensional design and each one is engaging in their own right. This is done through realistic flair.

When the inevitable happens and the island becomes the centre point, the story starts racing through and becomes a race for survival against their fellow man and to the inhabitants on this island. A major plot twist within this structure is wonderfully foreshadowed and implemented within the plot without feeling forced.

This is a stand alone novel which delivers in every sense of the word. The only draw back is the ending is quite abrupt and would have liked an epilogue to give it a little bit of a lift from the down beat ending. This is personal and not a reflection of the novel itself. I felt that I was totally invested in these characters and the ending, although very much fits within keeping in the structure of the piece.
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