The Island - Jen Minkman

This was a pleasantly fast read, being a novella written for a YA audience.  I did enjoy reading it, the concept of the story is interesting and gives food for thought on the way we construct our history and concept of truth and reality, both individually and as a group.  This thread is what kept me reading.  The book is well edited with no glaring errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar, which is always nice to see in self-published work.  It shows the author has put in plenty of effort.


There were a few things I felt left much to be desired, though, in particular character development.  The characters felt flat and faceless to me, as they weren't described very much, and because of this I found Leia's attachment to them somewhat unconvincing.  I also didn't feel there was enough description of the island itself, so beyond there being a house, a beach and some trees I didn't really have a mental map of what was going on.


Overall I feel this is a story which has a lot of potential of being developed further into a full novel, with deeper character portraits and more time given to exploring the island and the history of its inhabitants.  It was a good introduction into self-published work for me, as I am keen to find more!