On Gullstruck Island, legend has it that the mountain ranges and volcanoes are in charge. Anger them, and you’ll pay the price. Keep them happy, and you’ll enjoy their protection. These stories of the land’s command come in handy for quiet, near-invisible Hathin when she must run for her life. Hathin’s sister, Arilou, is believed to be a Lost. The Lost are held nearly sacred by those on Gullstruck, for they can send their senses away from their bodies. If Lost, Arilou can read a message across the island. If Lost, Arilou can hear whispers in the corners of private rooms. If Lost, Arilou can smell bread baking in the governor’s mansion. All from her beachside hut. But the question remains: Is Arilou really a Lost? When all the Lost drop dead—except Arilou—she and Hathin are swept into a grand conspiracy that leads them to the most sinister depths—and heights—of the island.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Frances Hardinge is the winner of the 2015 Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, one of just two young adult novels to win this major UK literary prize. She is the author of several books for young people, including Cuckoo Song, Fly By Night, and A Face Like Glass. She lives in England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was entirely original, I've never read anything like it. While the lost have special powers, it is the powers of an entirely unspecial individual that saves her sister, her friends, and her island. Every time I thought this story was going to fall into an established pattern it turned left - it kept me on my toes the whole read through. Solid world building, solid plot, solid character building, all making up for a great read.I'd give this to thoughtful fantasy readers.
It took me a long time, a very long time indeed to get into the start of this book, but when I did I was quite happy with the story. In the village of the Hollow Beasts there are two sisters, Arilou the Lost and Hathin her helper. In this world there are people who can leave their bodies and look elsewhere and they are called the Lost.When suddenly all the lost are dead, except Arilou, she's now on a race to save her life, or rather Hathin is, Arilou doesn't have a very strong hold on reality!It's interesting but somehow didn't quite catch my attention, if it had been the first Frances Hardinge book I had read I'm not sure I'd have looked for others.
Review by Mr RipleyFrances Hardinge's imaginative use of words and language makes this book stand out.The author is famous for the novel "Fly By Night" which in 2006 won the prestigious Branford Boase Award. Frances has set this story in an imaginative fantasy world which has been cleverly constructed; making it sophisticated. With amazing word building and intelligent wordplay it makes this fantasy story stand out. The words run over you like a gentle sea on a calm sunny day, making it a really good read. It has every ingredient to keep you reading - love; treachery; revenge and jealousy. As well as a strong central character all wrapped up in a light energy known as the world of Gullstruck Island.This book gets four out five a great book to buy and read and a must for all fantasy book readers.