Island of the Blue Dolphins
Posted May 9th, 2008 by Zoe
in a dark swirl of choking depression (a.k.a. drama)
THIS BOOK IS TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never, EVER read it.
Why is it so bad you ask? I am a bookworm, and I have only seen about 5 books out of hundreds I have read, maybe even thousands, that I did not like. This book is one of them.
Yes, parts of it are creative. However, the author does not show anything, he tells it all so you know what is going on just by what he says. That is not even the worst part. The book is written in first person, a girl named Karana. She lives on an island with her tribe. She has a good life when the book begins, an older sister, younger brother, and father who is chief. Then the Russians come to the island. They hunt almost all the otters in the ocean near the island, and finally there is a fight and when it ends over 40 men have been killed, including Karana's father. The island is thrust into turmoil. Many of the people Karana love die. And then, an event so horrific she will never be the same...
Yet through all of the story Scott O'Dell does not state any of Karana's thoughts, and hardly any of her feelings. He does not get into character at all. The story is in FIRST PERSON, too. I mean, come on! Seriously, through all that is bad Karana does not feel anything. It's like she's a robot. DON"T READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!
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