Island Games: Mystery of the Four Quadrants is an action and adventure novel written by debut author Caleb J Boyer. The novel follows best friends, Matthew and Ryan, who find themselves on a deserted beach with almost no memories. While trying to escape from the island, they encounter many obstacles and find themselves fighting in life-or-death situations.
I loved the strong themes of friendship and teamwork in this novel. I really enjoyed following the journey of the two boys and seeing how they overcame their obstacles. The action and humour in the novel are perfect for the targeted audience.
There were a few downsides to the novel for me. The dialogue is stilted; I found it difficult to believe that any teenage boy would talk in such a manner. The overuse of the exclamation mark became a big sore point for me; you could remove 3/4 of them and still get the same point across. The author also uses a lot of repetition. Many things are described by the narrator and then repeated again by one of the boys.
Despite the downsides, I think this novel works well for its targeted audience. The author was only 12 years old when he wrote this novel, and I am excited to see how he develops as an author as he grows up and learns more techniques.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1184 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1537238272
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lasting Press; 2 edition (6 December 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077Z83R8P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 134 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)