The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

There are some places you would not want to go. Even if I told you that we have oceans filled with sea turtles and dolphins, or forests lush with parrots that call through air thick with warmth… Nobody comes here because they want to.
The island of no return.

Ami lives with her mother on an island where the sea is as blue as the sky. It’s all she knows and loves, but the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: her island is to be made into a colony for lepers. Taken from her mother and banished across the sea, Ami faces an uncertain future in an orphanage. There she meets a honey-eyed girl named for butterflies, and together they discover a secret that will lead her on an adventure home. Ami must go back to the island of no return, but will she make it in time?

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Previously reviewed: The Girl of Ink and Stars

Review: Kiran Millwood Hargrave debut, The Girl of Ink and Stars, was a beautifully written and this book is no different. I thought that The Island at the End of Everything  was engaging and evocative.

The characters in this story called to me. Within the first few pages I was invested in everything that was happening to Ami and her mother. I raged about the unseen governmental figures who made the decisions, based on seeing not people but “disease”. I never could quite make up my mind about Mr Zamora.

At the same time Kiran Millwood Hargrave writing painted a stunning world. Ami’s home has so much wonder, her journey is exciting and heart-breaking and the ending reminds you of a fairy-tale.

Recommend it?


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