by Jessika Fleck
Release Date: April 3rd, 2017
Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies in this YA contemporary fantasy.
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.
I gave this book 3.5 stars. Now, while I loved the second half of the book and the premise of it all, I had a hard time getting into it to begin with.
This was basically a teenage retelling of the Lord of the Flies with a bit of a fantastical element. I found it a lot more entertaining than the Lord of the Flies, but that isn't saying much because I felt like I was chewing cardboard while I was reading TLOTF.
It took a bit for me to warm up to some of the characters. There were some like bug that I liked right from he start because I couldn't help myself. But then there were characters like Olive where I didn't really care at first. I did come to like Olive. I think she is an incredibly brave an inspirational main character. I'm glad that she worked through all her issues.
Overall, solid read. I would read it again, it left me feeling content and happy. It was an inspirational story about coming to terms with you demons and being happy with yourself. Good book.