“The Other Side of the Island,” by Allegra Goodman

Book Cover Art for The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman“The Other Side of the Island,” by Allegra Goodman is a dystopian style science fiction novel about a girl living in a future time when humans have started enclosing areas of the Earth as a way of dealing with the ruined environment.

Honor and her family have always been slightly eccentric. Although they live on Island 365 in the Tranquil Sea, Honor can sometimes remember a time when they lived somewhere else: somewhere where it snowed and the islands were not enclosed, but open to the sky.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-04-28T12:23:00-05:00

47 replies so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

I loved that book so much, that I read it through to the end, in one night!I really hope there will be a sequel.

NathanKP said...

I'm positive that there must be a sequel, because Allegra Goodman left a lot of room for further developments.

Perhaps whether or not a sequel is published will depend on how readers respond to "The Other Side of the Island." So far people seem to like it.....

Thanks for commenting.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the book and read it all in about 4 hours. I would love a sequel.
While reading, my mind would often draw parallels between this and Ayn Rand's book "Anthem". Anti-Utopian societies interests me greatly. ^.^

NathanKP said...

I haven't read "Anthem". I'll have to look into reviewing it.

Personally I love Utopian/Dystopian novels, especially the fantastic series by Lois Lowry. If you click the "Utopian/Dystopian" link on the left sidebar you can find other books that I have reviewed.

Thanks for commenting.

Anonymous said...

i read the book and absolutly loved it, i finsihed it in two days, in the end i was like "what?" because i was so into the book that i forgot how much the was left, i am reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeealy hoping a sequel will come!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved this book! It had a different plotline and I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't your average run of the mill sappy love novel. I got tired of those and this revived my love for books. I really do hope Ms. Goodman writes a sequel. I'll probably be the first to buy it! ha ha lmao

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Books rymes with looks

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

i really want to know what happen when honor said to ms blessing i am honor who are you? what happens after that?

Anonymous said...

very good book. grabs you quickly and keeps you reading. does anyone know what the theme of this book is?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Anonymous said...

the book should of had a sequel. i agree, what happens after im honor who are you? title was a bit misleading. i had originally taken it out thinking it was a scary stry but found that i enjoyed this story far more

Anonymous said...

I love this book so much, I did a oral book report on it. I really hope there would be a sequel. At first, I thought it was scary because of the cover, but after I read it, I found that it was wonderful and kinda funny, like Honor's incident with the octopus and how Helix tested to see if the orderlies were actually dead or alive. I hope to read more of Mrs. Goodman's books in the future.

Anonymous said...

i love this book soooooooooo much. and there better be a sequel or im gonna flip out.

Anonymous said...

The ending left me with so many questions

Anonymous said...

there just has to be a sequel.

Anonymous said...

I really liked the book, it was amazing!!! I read the whole book in one night!!! I realy hope there is a sequel!!!

Anonymous said...

i really want there to be a sequal.....like really badly!!!!! i enjoyed this book very much so.

Anonymous said...

This was one of the best books I have ever read! I finished it in 2 days. I literally could not stop reading it. One of the best books of altime!

Anonymous said...

I LOVED this book I could read it one hundred times to pick up more information. I really hope there is a sequel. There are still a lot of exciting twists this book could have and Its really absorbing. What happens next!???

Anonymous said...

love the book

Anonymous said...

We had to read the book for school, one chapter every night. It was sooooo good i finished it the second night that i had it. i would just die if there inst a second one=]=]=]

whitney medlin said...

The other side of the island is about a girl named Honor and her family.Honor had a little brother named Quintilian.

Anonymous said...

Please please PLEASE be a sequel. If Allegra Goodman reads this, please make a sequel!

Anonymous said...

I think this book is totally awesome! :)
But Honor should most definetly be with Helix as a couple like I think Katniss Everdeen (from the "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins) and Gale Hawthorne should be together.

Anonymous said...

I reallyreally want a sequel! This book was sooo good!

Anonymous said...

i loved this book!!!!!!!!!! i totally think helix and honor should be together too! i came to the end so quickly and i want to find out what will happen next. sequel. most definately.

Anonymous said...

I legit just finished this book 1 minute ago and i can't wait for a sequel....it's almost scary how something like this could happen in real life, the "flood", i mean what just happened in japan?! it moved japan 8 feet, and they said it might trigger an earthquake in California, which might trigger more earthquakes, or even the volcano in yellowstone and then we're goners, so this was a little freaky, haha

Anonymous said...

I just finished this book about two days ago and i was shocked, when i looked on the internet to find that there was not a second book. I really enjoyed this book because it had a lot of action and mystery. When i first picked up this book it seemed like a weird one until i started reading it- and then i wanted to read more. I am really looking forward to reading the next book, so ALLEGRA GOODMAN I HOPE YOU WILL WRITE ONE!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I haven't read this book yet but by what people say I would probably be mad if I read it and there wasn't a sequel!So Allegra Goodman, u have to write one!PPPLLLEEEZZZ!

Anonymous said...

reallly good shes writing a sequeal

Anonymous said...

This is such a fantastic book! A Chilling version of the future and a really exciting story. I'm doing it for a book report right now, Allegra Goodman, pleaaassseee write a sequel! I want to know exactly what happens to Honor after that.

Anonymous said...

I really liked the book.I read at least to years after it came out,maybe even more.But I don't know why there is not a sequel out yet.I hope it comes out soon!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!

Anonymous said...

o0oooooooooo pls make a sequel
almost scary how it could be real now
pls ms.goodman write a sequel and be a good man
:)

anonmyous said...

this is a really good book. i enjoyed it, it only took me about 7 1/2 weeks

Anonymous said...

sequel sequel SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!

Davis said...

Honestly, I loved this book. I could hardly put it down when I was reading it. I don't know if other people are like this, but I can get awfully crabby when I'm reading books; the better the book, the worse my attitude towards interruptions. My bad mood escalated to record highs during this book. I am a huge fan of the dystopian society genre, and would die for a sequel. You know, dystopian society stories are so intriguing, and we may even fear them a little bit because of their possible reality in the future. To sum this book up...

I LOVED IT.

Anonymous said...

Quote "[refering to the name Honor]Her name was rare and in later cycles it was discontinued." if there is a squeal the rebel group won't win because they say later cycles (at least 2 cycles) that means at least 52 years after Honor was born the name is taken off the list which means the rebels don't win. If there is a squeal it will take place at least 50 years later (and Honor will be dead) or it will all take place on another island with different main and sub charters and most like;y if there is another group of charters the main person name will be Honor or a name that has a silent letter for the first letter. If the squeal will have the original Honor be prepared for a crushing ending.

I loved the book.

Anonymous said...

hi i adore this book

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I loved this book. I could hardly put it down when I was reading it. I don't know if other people are like this, but I can get awfully crabby when I'm reading books; the better the book, the worse my attitude towards interruptions. My bad mood escalated to record highs during this book. I am a huge fan of the dystopian society genre, and would die for a sequel. You know, dystopian society stories are so intriguing, and we may even fear them a little bit because of their possible reality in the future. To sum this book up...

I LOVED IT.Quote "[refering to the name Honor]Her name was rare and in later cycles it was discontinued." if there is a squeal the rebel group won't win because they say later cycles (at least 2 cycles) that means at least 52 years after Honor was born the name is taken off the list which means the rebels don't win. If there is a squeal it will take place at least 50 years later (and Honor will be dead) or it will all take place on another island with different main and sub charters and most like;y if there is another group of charters the main person name will be Honor or a name that has a silent letter for the first letter. If the squeal will have the original Honor be prepared for a crushing ending.

I loved the book.

Anonymous said...

loved this book its surreal and a great science fiction! i read it in like 3 days.... WRITE ANOTHER ONE MAYBE A SEQUEL!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

i loved this book but i didn't get a chance to finish it, so i brought it from barnes and noble. I like to read tropical mystery books during the summer so this is great.

Anonymous said...

This book was stunning. I Hope Allegra considers doing a sequel. I know quite a few people who really enjoyed this book and would be interested in the sequel. I think she left the book at just the right place for it to leave readers hanging and wanting more.

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Fiona Martin said...

This book TOTALLY needs a sequel. Allegra Goodman could do SOOOO much with another book! Or, even better, she could make it into a trilogy. Anywho...READ THIS BOOK! It's WONDERFUL!