The Islands at the End of the World

The Islands at the End of the World By Austin Aslan, The Islands at the End of the World Right before my eyes my beautiful islands are changing forever And so am I Sixteen year old Leilani loves surfing and her home in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii But she s an outsider half white h
  • Title: The Islands at the End of the World
  • Author: Austin Aslan
  • ISBN: 9780385744027
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Islands at the End of the World By Austin Aslan, Right before my eyes, my beautiful islands are changing forever And so am I Sixteen year old Leilani loves surfing and her home in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii But she s an outsider half white, half Hawaiian, and an epileptic.While Lei and her father are on a visit to Oahu, a global disaster strikes Technology and power fail, Hawaii is cut off from the world,Right before my eyes, my beautiful islands are changing forever And so am I Sixteen year old Leilani loves surfing and her home in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii But she s an outsider half white, half Hawaiian, and an epileptic.While Lei and her father are on a visit to Oahu, a global disaster strikes Technology and power fail, Hawaii is cut off from the world, and the islands revert to traditional ways of survival As Lei and her dad embark on a nightmarish journey across islands to reach home and family, she learns that her epilepsy and her deep connection to Hawaii could be keys to ending the crisis before it becomes worse than anyone can imagine.A powerful story enriched by fascinating elements of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and warfare, this captivating and dramatic debut from Austin Aslan is the first of two novels The author has a master s degree in tropical conservation biology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
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    1. Austin Aslan

      Austin Aslan has been an EMT, a community organizer, a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, and he once ran a Congressional campaign in Oregon He was inspired to write his debut novel, The Islands at the End of the World, while living on the Big Island of Hawaii He earned a master s degree in tropical conservation biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo His research on rare Hawaiian plants located on the high slopes of Mauna Loa won him a pair of destroyed hiking boots, a tattered rain jacket, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship He lives outside Tucson, Arizona, deep in the Sonoran Desert, where he pets scorpions and hugs saguaro cacti with his high school sweetheart wife and their two young children Austin is pursuing a PhD in geography at the University of Arizona and thinking up new stories while conducting ecosystem resilience research atop the Peruvian Andes He continues to write fiction and looks forward to the publication of his Islands at the End sequel, The Girl at the Center of the World in the fall of 2015.

    961 thoughts on “The Islands at the End of the World”

    1. Picked this up on a whim, knowing I d need a book to read on the plane back from Phoenix ComicCon and was very pleasantly surprised To be completely honest, I enjoyed the book so much I kinda failed at being a good dad coming home from the convention As I kept pulling it out to read, rather than paying attention to my kids like I should It s Young Adult, if that sort of thing matters to you But it s not bubblegummy or trite I also really enjoyed the fact that it was set in Hawaii, a location tha [...]


    2. Two second recap The Islands at the End of the World is a standout post apocalyptic debut, sure to win over legions of fans Austin Aslan has written a haunting, heart pounding tale of a young girl and her father, who struggle to find their way home in a rapidly disintegrating island paradise Full review I m a big sucker for end of the world stories, so I obviously couldn t resist when I saw The Islands at the End of the World on Edelweiss Now that I ve actually reading it, I can say with absolut [...]


    3. Wow More review to come but this book REALLY did it for me I ll be thinking about it for a while.Okay, adding This book promised an end of the world adventure and it completely delivered on that When ocean separates your home town from the town you re visiting, even it if it s only about 50 miles away, things get rough Aslan portrays a world gone rogue with the good, the bad, and the ugly It s terrifying and exciting and hopeful all at once All set against the backdrop of a heavily touristed an [...]


    4. I ve been scavenging my library in search of a YA novel set in modern Hawaii, rooted deeply in the culture with vivid imagery and interspersed with Pidgin the local Hawaiian slang to better familiarize myself with this Paradise Island and the people who are fortunate to call it home call it a personal project, if you will Thanks to the lovely Zoe for recommending this awesome book I got exactly what I was looking for and so much The Islands at the End of the World is intelligently and boldly cr [...]


    5. 4.5 stars I really enjoyed this book and recommend it It was dystopian, but with some mysticism thrown in too Reminded me a bit of Alif the Unseen, but without the romance A meteor strikes creating a celestial anomaly the Green Orchid , shutting down all electrical appliances, communications, and technology worldwide, stranding Leilani and her father on Oahu, away from their home on Hawaii To survive and get home, they must revert to survival skills, alone and disconnected from the rest of the w [...]


    6. We re all werewolves under a green full moon Wow, what a huge disappointment I have to admit, this cover totally sold me on wanting to read this THEN, add into realizing it s a apocalyptic event and YOU ARE STUCK ON A SMALL TOURIST HAWAIIAN ISLAND I mean, come on, this is the perfect set up for a nightmare situation And it was really good Horrific and crazy and justI enjoyed the story until about.270 pages inNow, through out the book, there are some hints that this is going to take some kind of [...]


    7. Fresh, exciting, and filled with the fiery legends and wonder of Hawaiiwhat a setting Very impressed with Aslan s expert use of imagery, Leilani s character I love a strong female lead , and the powerful relationship between father and daughter A great story I loved it Can t wait for the next one


    8. Dear Mr Aslan,You have fully succeeded in fulfilling the stereotype of a presumptuous mainlander who thinks they know Hawaii enough to write about it and have confirmed Those who can t do, teach Rarely do teachers make good writers Stick to science That s probably what you should have stuck to this whole book because you don t do Hawaiian culture, military culture, geography, or literature well Your errors were glaring 1 Kaneohe MCB does not take up most of the east side of Oahu It is small as i [...]


    9. Most people think of Hawaii as a holiday destination but for Leilani and her family it is home Leaving the rest of the family on the Big Island, THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD opens with Leilani and her father travelling to Honolulu on the island of Oahu for medical treatment Leilani has epilepsy and the specialist wants to try an experimental drug on the sixteen year old to try and bring her fits under better control Not long after their arrival a global disaster strikes power fails across [...]


    10. Wow To be completely honest, I sincerely did not know what to expect from author Austin Aslan s debut novel The Islands at the End of the World But I am coming away sincerely impressed and slightly even terrified with this stunningly original debut.Right before my eyes, my beautiful islands are changing forever And so am I Hawaii.To most people, it s a vacation spot But to 16 year old Leilani, a passionate surfer and epileptic, it s home When Leilani and her father travel to the island of Oahu, [...]


    11. I love a good post apocalyptic story This one s a little different it actually starts with the disaster and continues from there, and wow is the tension high Aslan uses the setting of Hawaii to create a fantastic drama that s even profound because the human reactions are so plausible Leilani and her father leave their home on the Big Island so she can begin a new experimental drug treatment for her epilepsy in Honolulu The flight is no big deal 40 minutes However, as soon as they arrive, all hel [...]


    12. I m having trouble deciding on this book On the one hand, I flew through it It was immensely entertaining, and reminded me of Ashfall by Mike Mullins in a lot of ways I also loved that it was a dad and his teenage daughter trying to survive, and there was no romance going on at all.My issue was with the ending a bit Things got a bit too incredible to believe for me.ough it was an original, unique idea, and could happenbut a lot of it seemed too convenient, especially with the MC, her grandfather [...]


    13. OMG A BOOK SET IN HAWAI I FROM AN AUTHOR WHO WENT TO SCHOOL HERE OH EM GEE D00D, I AM SO EXCITED GOTTA HOLLA AT ALL MY HAWAI I PEEPS CUZ I AM FROM HAWAI I


    14. There are so many end of the world post apocalyptic of hell the world has gone crazy books in YA and, while Austin Aslan s The Islands at the End of the World doesn t bring anything earth shatteringly new to the genre, it does offer a thrilling and unique story.Leilani lives on the Big Island of Hawaii, but she and her dad travel to Oahu, where she will undergo tests for her epilepsy While in Oahu, a mysterious light appears in the night sky and the world s electronics fail Cut off from the worl [...]


    15. Copied from the review I did of this book on the library s Teen Tumblr page I have to admit, even though they ve basically saturated the market, I still can t resist a good dystopian novel Even better, a well done post apocalyptic book But possibly the BEST, and hardest to find a great book about the apocalypse at its inception I can t resist reading about the BEGINNING of the end of the world.So I was ridiculously happy to find this book Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan It s set [...]


    16. I normally don t read books about the apocalypse, but this one sounded intriguing being set in Hawaii with a 16 year old epileptic main character I knew going into this one that it was going to be a unique read, but I definitely have never read a book as powerful, emotional, and desperate as The Islands at the End of the World 16 year old Leilani wants nothing than a normal life, which is pretty hard to do as an epileptic half white, half hawaiin living on the big island of Hawaii Leilani has f [...]


    17. The Islands At The End of the World is a truly remarkable debut novel A powerful and harrowing tale of perseverance and the desperate search for safety and loved ones in a world rapidly falling apart Leilani is half Hawaiian She lives with her parents and younger brother on the Big Island of Hawaii, struggling to belong and not feel like an outsider She s epileptic, and at the beginning of the story she travels with her dad to Oahu to undergo medical testing for her illness That s when odd thing [...]


    18. The Islands at the End of the World is a dynamic young adult dystopian novel about what would happen to people living on an island or islands like Hawaii if a global disaster struck This is precisely what happens in the novel, and our main character Leilani and her father must revert to survival skills in order to return home to their family It s a fascinating take on the apocalyptic dystopian genre that makes you think about things in the world differently.I have to start by saying that this bo [...]


    19. The Islands at the End of the WorldReview by Rafael de GrenadeIn this deeply perceptive, extraordinary, and exquisitely written survival story, Leilani and her father navigate the chaos of the apocalypse to reach their home island The novel balances science and imagination and reaches into the depths of Hawaiian culture and symbology with reverence while astutely recognizing the complexities of the modern world, its advances, and its failures This book is at once thrilling, honest, heartbreaking [...]


    20. The market is glutted with post apocalyptic stories told in first person by plucky female protagonists Divergent, Matched, Hunger Games they all start to blend together, regardless of their individual merits.But this one s different It s not set in some strange future where society s reorganized itself by improbable rules, but in the present day, as the world comes crashing down around young Leilani and her family in Hawaii It has a strong sense of place, with vivid descriptions of the lush scen [...]


    21. I am now afraid that the Apocalypse will happen when I m Hawaii next month Because seriously, Oahu is not the place to be The most populous island in Hawaii, Oahu imports something like 90 or 95% of its food So when the crisis comes, things won t look pretty.I loved this book I was not in the mood for an apocalyptic, dystopian novel, and I loved it anyways A good sign for the writing.What worked for me Strong main character with weaknesses epilepsy, among other things Also, great father daughter [...]


    22. With all the post apocalyptic YA fiction out there, it s easy to overlook newer books of the same genre I have to say that I am glad I didn t overlook this one Really neat and creative premise, and it definitely capitalized on the fear and concentrated chaos that happens in the islands whenever a tsunami or hurricane threat approaches, making this story just that much believable I also really liked the heroine, and her progression as a character throughout the story.One tiny thing that majorly [...]


    23. Wow, this book was a wild ride I don t think I read it so much as inhaled it it was a super fast read, and compelling The characters are very well written, and the story is both beautiful and terrifyingly realistic well, mostly You have to be somewhat open minded and comfortable with sci fi to get through the plot twist in the latter half of the book, but it s well worth it The overall scenario loss of technology, resources, global catastrophe is strikingly plausible, which makes this read all t [...]


    24. Could you survive in a world suddenly devoid of technology Set in the luscious backdrop of the Hawaiian islands.



    25. 4.5 stars You know when you can spot a book that you know you ll love from a mile away A book that just screams you That was definitely this book for me.Let s just take a moment to see what Tags I gave this post Dystopian, Hawaii, Mythology, Sci Fi, Survival Stories Now, this might sound like a rather strange mix Now that I think about it, a similar mix of genres can be found in Jessica Khoury s Origin But I just couldn t love it Squee If I haven t been obvious enough about it before, I am a hu [...]


    26. When the supercontinent of Gondwanaland was just breaking apart, the turtles would simply swim across a narrow strait, lay their eggs, and head back home Over the next hundred or so million years, the continents drifted apart, about an inch a year The turtles went about their business, doing what they used to, what their parents used to do, each generation unaware of the imperceptible change Now they cross oceans And they ll be here still, following their ancient paths, inch by new inch, long af [...]


    27. In the developed world in the 21st century, the disasters we experience and imagine seem to fall into two categories Mass assault, and collapse of the structures we have built to sustain our society And despite the shock and pain inflicted by the former the hijacker, the school shooter it s the latter that seems to be destructive to our communal sense of self.For the people of New Orleans, the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina brought physical and emotional devastation for the rest of us [...]


    28. The president s voice is strong My fellow Americans, and my fellow citizens around the globe I apologize for the deceptions of the past twenty four hours Well intentioned advisors have counseled me to keep secret what we ve recently learned My conscience and my heart will not allow that I have made the determination that you have a right to know about the extraordinary The flat screen turns blue A small text box bounces about the monitor Weak or no signal Leilani is your typical teenage girl liv [...]


    29. I really enjoyed this story I haven t read very many dystopian apocalyptic thrillers um, maybe just The Hunger Games , so I haven t much experience with the genre, but this seemed to be fresh, original, and unique And if you re looking for diversity in YA, this is a book for you I think my favorite part of the book is Leilani and her father It seems that most parent child relationships in books are negative, but Lei and her dad have a very positive and loving relationship They rescue and save ea [...]


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