Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Winner of the 2018 Carnegie Medal! New from Michael L. Printz Award winner Geraldine McCaughrean comes an extraordinary story of eight boys stranded on a rock in the middle of the sea, left to fight for their survival.
Every time a lad went fowling on the stacs, he came home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is.
Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned—cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive such a forsaken place of stone and sea?
This is an extraordinary story of fortitude, endurance, tragedy and survival, set against an unforgettable backdrop of savage beauty.
About: Where the World Ends is a young adult historical fiction written by Geraldine McCaughrean. It will be published on December 2019 by Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 309 pages. The genres are historical fiction, young adult, and adventure. According to the publisher’s website, “Flatiron Books is committed to publishing intelligent fiction and nonfiction with commercial appeal by authors with distinctive voices.” It is “named after the historic building in which the company is housed.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Where the World Ends on 10/8/2019 and finished it on 10/15/2019. This book is unique. The writing is not what I’m used to but it grows on me and I like the humor underneath it. The broken English in their conversation is hard to read but I’m guessing that it’s how the people of Hirta talks. I like Murdo and his talks of sweethearts. I like John’s surprise. I also like Quill for always having something to say and stories to tell, especially how he protects little Davie.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Quilliam (Quill) as he says goodbye to his parents before he heads out to harvest bird meat and eggs with other men and boys in town. The journey there is by boat and will take one to three weeks to obtain enough food for the people of Hirta. The destination is a big piece of rock that grow out of the ocean. Surrounded by seawater, so many birds like to reside there. After three weeks, no one comes to pick them up and they believe that it must be the end of the world where they got left behind because they were hidden inside the cave of the rock. Survival is now challenged.
Where the World Ends is very well written with a unique idea. It’s cute how the boys outgrown their shoes where the older ones passed their shoes down to the younger ones and how their voices also changed from a boy to a man during the time they were stranded. I wish to know their age. How little is Davie anyway, to be gullible enough to worry about Kenneth eating him instead of dying from starvation. The white rock strategy to catch birds is cool. Above all, how cute is that to have thoughts of a girl to give strength to survive the hardest life. The ending is excellent and so unexpected. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: cover, illustration on chapter headings and page numbers, humor, friendship, teamwork, survival, family
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Geraldine McCaughrean is the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Medal winner The White Darkness. She has also won the Carnegie Medal twice, most recently for Where the World Ends. Geraldine lives in Berkshire with her husband John and the lingering shades of all those characters she has invented in her books. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Flatiron Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.