The Dystopian Reading Challenge is hosted by Bart's Bookshelf
October 1, 2010 through December 19th 2010.
This is book 1/5 in the reading Dystopian challenge:
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
From New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman comes a post apocalyptic novel about love, loss, and the power of human choice.
Honor and her parents have been reassigned to live on Island 365 in the Tranquil Sea. Life is peaceful there—the color of the sky is regulated by Earth Mother, a corporation that controls New Weather, and it almost never rains. Everyone fits into their rightful and predictable place...
Except Honor. She doesn’t fit in, but then she meets Helix, a boy with a big heart and a keen sense for the world around them. Slowly, Honor and Helix begin to uncover a terrible truth about life on the Island: Sooner or later, those who are unpredictable disappear . . . and they don’t ever come back.
The way it was written, the style of 'voice' used to tell the story reminded me of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. As if this all took place in the past and this was the telling of the way things used to be.
I thought it was interesting the way songs and sayings from our time was incorporated and recycled into propaganda by the Corporation and Earth Mother. "Your plan to come, Enclosure done-on earth as it is in heaven...
And lead us not into Inaccuracy, but deliver us from lies."
Plus, any story dealing with weather is censored, such as the Wizard of Oz and changing Dorothy's last name to Hale instead of Gale and she dreamed her way to Oz not swept away by a tornado.
My favorite character would have to be Octavio, the tree octopus.
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