Publisher: New American Library
Format: Paperback (courtesy of Veronica Wolff)
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication Date: 09.06.2011
Is life offering fewer and fewer options? Then join the dead.
When Annelise meets dark and seductive Ronan, he promises her a new life-if she has the courage to chance the unknown. Now, she's whisked away to a mysterious island and pitted against other female recruits to become a Watcher-girls who are partnered with vampires and assist them in their missions. To survive and become a Watcher, Annelise has to beat out every other girl, but she's determined to do so, because to fail doesn't mean dishonor-it means death.
To get this over with in the beginning, my one main problem with Isle of Night was the main character, Annelise. Even though she is tricked into going to the island, she doesn't try to fight the system. She, and every other girl, goes along with it all, thinking that there is no other choice but to do what is asked of them. Annelise talks about how smart she is a lot in the book (she's supposed to be a genius), but I didn't see any cunning from her until the end. She made some bad choices, and only got out of sticky situations by being saved by other people each time. It just seemed unrealistic to and not up to par with the level of smarts and ingenuity she was supposed to have.“Them's wolves, not girls.”-Veronica Wolff, Isle of Night
With that aside, I really enjoyed the rest of the story. It was a quick and interesting read about a group of people put in a situation where survival becomes the top priority. I really liked the other characters and would have loved to know more about them, especially Ronan, the tracer, who was super hot with his accent and smooth demeanor. I also really enjoyed the couple of friends Annelise made.
The island itself seems to have many more mysteries to it than were revealed in this book (although there are good reasons for the secrets). I am looking forward to finding out more about the island and what goes on there in the next book. It seems like a terrible place to live because of the inhabitants, and I hated what the girls had to do, but I was totally sucked into the story--not about to put it down until I was finished. It definitely has the feel of Vampire Academy meets Hunger Games, like other reviewers have said.
The awesome trailer is what got me interested in Isle of Night (watch it below), and it is a good representation of what you will find in the book. If you like characters who are put in horrible situations and have to fight their way out of them, this is the book for you. Though it is not without flaws, I think a lot of people will enjoy it, as I did.
...you like impossible situations, you have a thing for handsome men, and you don't mind doing your own dirty work.
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