Rye loves his life on the mainland. He loves watching the excavator dig up the road outside the door. His father works in a big company making fat pigs. Everyone knows they should keep on his good side, and Rye’s mother is especially scared of his temper. One day, Rye’s father says they are going to live on a colony in metal-box houses, with heat and rain at the same time. Rye is prepared for all these things, but not for his father to be governor and have so much power. Everyone in the colony is superstitious and gives him lucky charms of dead animals in bags.
Rye meets an Offlander called Kris who teaches him the way of the island. Together they must find the cause of the disasters that keep on happening and save not just their families but the island itself. Will the Offlander gods help them or hinder them? Will Rye learn who he really is?
I really enjoyed this book even if it was a bit slow to get going. The description was so real and the author had a very good way of telling the story. The ending was a weird one, but a week or so after reading it, I found it made sense to me.
Review by Clara, aged 14