The story centres around a young girl, Kailani, who washed ashore the republic, an island separated from her home, the Blessed Land, both physically by the ocean and by the way of life of the people. People of the republic live by science and reason, while the people of the Blessed Land believe in the spirit, myth and fantasy. Both places are very strict with enforcing their ideals. When two young adults, Jason and Helena find the girl, they're moved to keep her safe. The authorities however are determined to keep her isolated from society. Helena and Jason find a solution, they can take her to a farm which is a sanctuary of sorts for those that need emotional healing. Kailani can stay there until a tribunal to decide if she can stay in the republic. Meanwhile there are those from the Blessed Lands who want her home.
Kailani's character is quite endearing, but there is an impression she is of importance, even she herself believes she has been 'sent' to improve relations between the two islands. However, this is never truly realised. By the end the truce between sides is given little more credence than a few lines that everything is fine. The mystery surrounding the little girl who calls herself the Daughter of the sea and sky and her almost prophet like status on the farm turns out to be of little significance.
I did enjoy this book overall, it's a light read delving into the debate between reason and religion, though I'd say the spiritual side comes off more favourably. It does have some nice moments with the three protagonists, but I found it quite slow going in parts. I had to make myself go on a couple of times. I was also left wondering if the whole situation with Kailani couldn't have been solved much more quickly and with less drama had certain characters just opened up more. Why didn't Helena and Jason try harder to find out who this little girl belonged to? And why didn't one character who clearly knew who she was just tell them what he knew? It left me feeling the tension in the book was slightly false.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2216 KB
- Print Length: 301 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1 edition (3 May 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K434HRU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 28 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #709,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)