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Mr Hyde, Marshland Readers

Where the World Ends

I recognised the authors name from previous Carnegie lists, reading and not enjoying 'The Death Defying Pepper Roux' and as a result avoiding 'The Middle of Nowhere' a few years later. However despite these reservations the idea on which this book is based looked promising.
It describes how a group of bird catchers end up marooned on a remote Scottish island and describes their ordeal. The characters themselves are not well drawn by the author and I found myself confusing the boys with each other with the only the central character of Quill standing out at all, merely by the fact the he's the point around which the story revolves.
My issue with this book is that very little happens and it does drag terribly much like I remember the Pepper Roux story did. I feel that more could have been done to liven the narrative a little. Even the conclusion is a massive non event badly handled. So,in summary, promising idea, disappointing outcome.

Posted on: 21st March 2018 at 10:37 am

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