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Mrs H, Maynard School Library

Where the World Ends

This was one of those books that I struggled to keep going with at times, but it was definitely worth finishing. I thought the atmosphere that was created was brilliant, really vivid, and sometimes it was as if I could hear the wind and feel the sea spray on my face (and smell the birds and fish!). The language was very poetic and I found myself rereading sentences because they were so good.

The detailed descriptions of what they did with the birds and how they survived made me feel a bit queasy, and sometimes I did wonder why I was putting myself through it. I kept going though because I really wanted to find out the answer to the mystery of their abandonment, and the resolution did not disappoint.

The characters were interesting and I cared what happened to them. I wasn't so keen on the story of John as I didn't really believe in this character, and it was a distraction from the main narrative of survival.

I think I would have preferred the book to end on page 308. I found the last chapter a bit jarring and unnecessary. I wish I'd looked at the Birds of St Kilda section while I was reading the book, then I'd have known that the garefowl was the extinct great auk.

Overall, it was a good book that I was glad I read.

Posted on: 16th April 2018 at 09:21 am

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