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Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X-Isle, the island where life is rumoured to be easier than on what's left of the mainland. Only young boys are in with a chance, the smaller and lighter the better. Baz and Ray are two of the lucky few to be chosen, but they soon discover that X-Isle is a far cry from paradise. Ruled by Preacher John, a dangerous religious fanatic, it's a violent, unpredictable place where terrible things can happen at any moment. The boys hatch an extraordinary plan in order to protect themselves - the construction of a mighty weapon of defence. But can they complete this weapon in time, and are they really prepared to use it in order to secure their freedom? Powerful and compelling, X-ISLE is a fast-moving thriller that will keep you guessing right to the very end.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 29mm | 330g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552575089
  • 9780552575089

About Steve Augarde

Steve Augarde was born in Birmingham, but spent most of his life in the West Country, working as an illustrator, paper-engineer, and semi-pro jazz musician. He has written and illustrated over seventy picture books for younger children, and has produced the paper-engineering for many pop-up books. His first book for older children, THE VARIOUS, won a Silver Smarties Award in 2003. He lives in Yorkshire with his family.show more

Review quote

"Totally emotional and a truly captivating read. I give this book five out of five" * Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books * "This is an excellent book; everything that Steve Augarde does is to a high standard. The characterisation, world building, narrative and pacing are all spot on and the result is a fantasy thriller that will appeal to teenagers all around the world" * Fantasy Book Review * "Billed as Lord of the Flies for the new generation, this book is dark, disturbing, compelling and utterly brilliant" * Rosie Scribble *show more

Back cover copy

IN THE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL, ANYTHING GOES The floods have come. Some are lucky to be alive. Though they might not count themselves lucky. In the aftermath of global devastation, those left barely survive, living in fear and near starvation. They have lost everything, including their future. But there is one way out: a boat to X Isle. And Baz is about to take it. 'It's a gripping and often unsettling tale, and it's suffused with a sense of genuine loss' Irish Times 'Long, rich and exciting; full to bursting with imaginative ideas and images' Carousel 'X Isle . . . will thrill you' Flipside www.davidficklingbooks.co.ukshow more

Review Text

"Billed as Lord of the Flies for the new generation, this book is dark, disturbing, compelling and utterly brilliant"show more

Rating details

631 ratings
3.36 out of 5 stars
5 18% (113)
4 26% (164)
3 36% (229)
2 14% (91)
1 5% (34)
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