Author- Jillian Cantor.
Publish date- July, 2014.
RRP- $15.99 (PB)
Sky and River live on Island together, a paradise where they can live away from the skeletons Sky's mother told her lived on the other land, but when things change and they leave the island, she starts to see the tangle of lies that have surrounded her life.
Image Credit: Bloomsbury.
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for this review copy!
Whilst trying to think of a way to write this review, I have come up with a list of things I do and do not like about this book:
*Cover design, illustration- like.
*Title, blurb, font- do not like.
*Premise, beginning, idea- like.
*Follow through- do not like.
*Sky- mixed, quite irritating.
*River- do not like.
*The reaction to Sky from all the people- unbelievable in that it was horrifying, do not like.
So lets go over these things, shall we?
I like- really like- the illustration on the cover (front and back) of Sky and River's profiles. They're eye catching, dreamy and quite perfect.
I do not like the blurb (you can see it just above the title on the cover). I feel it's a little false or forced. The title never made a lot of sense in relation to the story, from my point of view, though it does sound rather nice. The font, both for the title and the page count throughout I really didn't like. It felt very childish for the story/characters, in a way, and I would've liked something a bit more mature.
The premise, the idea and the beginning all worked well for me; I like the way they live on Island and the simplicity, the beauty that filled the writing, making it so easy to feel Sky's love for that place; I enjoyed the possibility linked with the idea of the story, and I had high hopes for a story that didn't quite pan out to how I hoped it would, which covers the issue I had with follow through. I had also hoped a good amount of genuine time would be spent on the island, giving me time to become engrossed by the way of life and be anguished when Sky and River left, but in roughly 20 pages I didn't get that, and the dreams+flashbacks didn't make up for it.
Sky, whilst having a unique vision and train of thought, was a bit frustrating, though a certain amount of that was because of the way people reacted to her and helped her by using presumption and other darling tactics. I understood her reliance on River, but at the same time: growing up on an island with only three other people (and then two), wouldn't you gain a sense of confidence in yourself, though not loosing the ability to rely on others? I imagined it would've gone both ways, whereas she didn't seem to be able to take care of herself.
River frustrated me more than Sky, though I can't pinpoint exactly why that was. He's a bit of a flaky character and I didn't like the way he acted from very early on, and that stayed with him throughout.
Rating: Oh nooo...
I wasn't particularly attached to the story ot the charracters, and none of the plot twists really touched me; at times I found myself reading mostly the dialouge, skipping or only glancing over the wads of internal narrative between, and that got me through the story, but other elements didn't.