When we get to the island book review

When we get to the island was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Book: when we get to the island 

Author: Alex NYE 

Publication date: 21 November 2019 

Genre: contemporary 

Rating; 3 STARS 


Hani is 12 and invisible, and yet everyone wants to capture him. After escaping from Syria with his sister, he finds himself working in atrocious conditions somewhere in Scotland. When his sister disappears, he begins a perilous journey to find her, across some of the wildest terrain in Scotland.

Mia is also on the run, and sometimes it feels as if she will never stop running. When she helps Hani escape from his captors, the two become inseparable. Her dream is to reach the island where she was last happy, when her parents were alive, and find the little house she believes they still own. Once we reach the island, she tells Hani, everything will be okay.

But their journey takes them into dangerous landscapes, hunted by dangerous men, chased through a system of underground flooded caverns while a great storm sweeps the coast. Whatever happens, Mia knows that she must help Hani to find his sister. What they will really find at the end of their journey may come as a surprise to both of them.

My review 

When we get to the island is a powerful and emotional story about a topic that’s very relevant in today’s society. We are following an illegal immigrant who was taken under false pretences with his older sister who ends up being taken away by their captors. 

Although this is a really important story about a serious problem in the world today I felt that this story was really, really repetitive, our main characters were running away, almost get caught, hide and runaway again over and over and over again for this whole story. This is a very character driven story which I really liked but to give it a higher rating I would need more to the plot than what I got. 

When we get to the island has two great main characters that I really liked being with and reading about. They have been through a hell of a lot and their friendship was so beautiful and pure. This was a really easy and quick read which but I was left with a lot of unanswered questions. 

About the author 

Alex Nye is the award-winning author of four novels. She grew up in Norfolk by the sea, but has lived in Scotland since 1995 where she finds much of her inspiration in Scottish history. At the age of 16 she won the W H Smith Young Writers’ Award out of 33,000 entrants, and has been writing ever since. Her first children’s novel, CHILL, won the Royal Mail Award. 

Her fourth book is a historical novel for adults about Mary Queen of Scots. Her fifth title, ARGUING WITH THE DEAD, is another historical novel, this time about Mary Shelley, and explores the chaotic and destructive forces which shaped her.

She divides her time between walking the dog, swimming, scribbling in notebooks in strange places, staring at people without meaning to, and tapping away on her laptop. She also teaches and delivers atmospheric candlelit workshops on creative writing/ghost stories/Scottish history. She studied at King’s College, London more years ago than she cares to remember.  

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