Main characters Luke, Lyssa, Will, Ian, J.J. and Charla have survived for several weeks, marooned on a desert island that is also used as a base by a group of smugglers. By now they have taken care of their basic needs: food and water, but they are still in constant danger of being discovered by the smugglers.
What is more Will was shot in the leg by one of the smugglers who was trying to kill a wild boar. Now he is dangerously sick, with a high fever. The teens have a few medical supplies but they are hesitant to try to operate on Will. They need a doctor, but the nearest medical care is hundreds of miles away.
But then J.J. comes up with a daring plan. If he can stow away on one of the smugglers planes perhaps he can make it to the mainland and get help for the stranded group. But can he get help in time, and even more importantly, will he be caught by the smugglers?
“Island, Book Three: Escape,” is a great survival tale, though its plot is still feels a little overdone. Gordon Korman's story has an unbelievable storyline, but the action and suspense keep the story interesting. The characters are much more believable, however, with enough subtle details and character traits to keep their interactions surprising. Gordon Korman's “Island” series is a great story for young readers.