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Where the World Ends

'Where the World Ends' by Geraldine McCaugrean explores the interesting concept about a group of islanders who get stranded on a cold, desolate rock in the North Atlantic ocean. While originally intending to harvest birds, the boat never returned back for them and are forced to survive the despondent pit of isolation. However, while an interesting concept, I thought the overall execution of the events portrayed led to quite dragged and and dull moments in the plot, especially the slow start. The characters themselves also weren't very enticing and no real connection was made apart from Quilliam (The protagonist) and Davy. Contrastingly, I thought the setting was cinematic and the rare times of action and thrill were truly compelling. The title itself engaged me to find out more and see "Where the world ends". Despite this, I was left with an unsatisfying ending. It wasn't very fulfilling and the writer could've foreshadowrd throughout to build mystery and make a more satisfying ending.
I would recommend this book to an age group of 13-15 as a result of some complexity which may be found dull by older audiences and the gore may deter other younger audiences.

Posted on: 26th April 2018 at 06:02 am

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