Title: The Castaways
Author: Jessika Fleck
Publication Date: April 3, 2017
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.
Renowned for its infamous corn maze… and the kids who go missing in it.
When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.
Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.
Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.
When I read the synopsis for this book, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. A mysterious carnival? Teen castaways battling for control of a secluded island? Yes please. The synopsis promised me some serious adventure and romance, and I feel like The Castaways delivered on both accounts.
Even though this story isn’t technically a pirate story, it still had that tropical pirate feel, like a Pirates of the Caribbean kind of thing. The setting of The Castaways was done so well. Jessika Fleck is an author who can easily make you feel like you’re right there with her characters, experiencing everything right next to them. The island felt just as alive as the kids who inhabited it.
The only reason that I rated this title a four instead of a five is because there were a few cliche moments scattered throughout, mostly with the romance between Olive and Will. Nothing too crazy, just a few “oh lord” moments where you’ll chuckle to yourself.
Overall, The Castaways is an awesome summer read that delivers some epic adventure with a lush island backdrop and a cast of characters that you’ll love. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.