Imagine what you would do in a world where air pollution is so bad, it causes lung cancer in you and those you love. Would you do anything to save your child’s life? Would you trade your life for theirs?
That’s exactly what Chase deals with. Set in the future, Chase watches his daughter dying of lung cancer every day, and it isn’t long before he contracts the disease himself. Ignoring his own illness, he wants nothing more than to be able to afford medication to prolong his young daughter’s life.
As a last-ditch effort to find employment, Chase heads off early one morning to a job fair with hundreds of other people when an advertisement plays on a billboard as Chase waits his turn in the queue. The message is simple, survive The Island and the Lomar Corporation will give the winner anything he wants. All the winner has to do is be the only survivor.
Despite Chase’s wife’s protests, he signs up because he sees it as the only way to save his daughter. He and the other contestants head to The Island and find themselves in a fight for their lives – not only against each other, but against everything living on The Island. Chase was either going to save his daughter or die trying.
I’ve been a huge fan of Michael Bray since reading Meat: Uncut over a year ago. I’ve eagerly devoured every book he has released since then and when The Island came out, I couldn’t wait to dive in.
Let’s start off with the bad. This book had a lot more typos and mistakes than I am used to in a Michael Bray novel, so that was kind of disappointing. He usually releases his books with stellar editing and this was far from it. I definitely expected better.
Now, the positives:
When Chase and the other contestants find out what lives on The Island, I may have let out a little squeal. As the contestants went to The Island, I was thinking, “It would be so cool if ____________ were there,” and they were! (See what I do to avoid spoilers?)
As usual, Bray excels at turning a story into a nail-biting experience. I’ve come to expect him to expertly craft his words to add drama and build suspense and in this respect, he doesn’t disappoint. The Island is filled with drama, violence, betrayal and even a few twists and turns to keep you guessing along the way. His attention to detail is perfect and in no point in the book did I feel his descriptions were too wordy.
I have read almost all of Bray’s novels and always find myself pleasantly surprised with how much his writing improves with each book. With the exception of the typos, this may be his best novel to date. The characters are well fleshed out and you will either love them or hate them early on. The plot grips the reader from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until the last page. There’s enough gore in The Island to keep extreme horror fans like me happy, but not so much that it will turn people off. If you like an intense novel with realistic characters and an engaging plot, The Island may be for you.
In my humble opinion, The Island would make a fantastic film. Just sayin’…
THE HEART AND SOUL OF HORROR FICTION REVIEWS
What if the next generation of reality show had your life as the prize? The island is the largest man made structure ever constructed. Within its two hundred foot high steel walls are savage dinosaurs created for one purpose. To hunt man. In addition, of those who are chosen to enter the island, only one can leave and claim the prize. As television screens around the world tune in to watch, the six contestants form an uneasy alliance as they battle nightmarish beasts beyond comprehension. When a secret is uncovered which could bring down the entire Lomar Corporation, the contestants find that some men are worse than monsters, and some corporations will stop at nothing to protect that which they tried so desperately to hide.
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