Books set on islands
Reading books that are set on different landscapes away from the hustle and bustle of the cityscapes can be a great way to escape from everyday life and immerse ourselves in a new and different environment. Of the many landscapes, today we speak of islands. Most of the books set on islands are stories of exploration and adventure filled with challenges and unexpected twists and turns are remain true page-turners. Moreover, a lot of islands have their own cultures and traditions which can be fascinating to learn more about which we can explore through literature. On that note, here is our list of top 3 books which will tick all your expectations when it comes to books set on islands!
1. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Author: C.S. Lewis
This book is the third book in the series “Chronicles of Narnia”. It is best to read the entire series in their order of release, however, this book is our absolute favourite.
Set on the magical island of Narnia, a group of adventurers set sail on a quest to find the seven lost lords of Narnia. Encountering several mystical creatures, dangerous obstacles and unexpected allies, their journey is a truly memorable one. Exploring themes of courage, faith and the power of imagination the book binds the reader from its first page to its absolute last. The novel ends with the promise of more adventures and the characters are prepared to take on new challenges and explore new worlds.
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
This book is set in the wilderness of upstate New York during the colonial era of America during the French and Indian War. We follow the story of a group of travellers who are pursued by hostile Native Americans. The plot revolves around the conflict between the British army, allied with the Mohicans, and the French army allied with the Hurons. As the two sides engage, the story becomes a tale of survival, love and sacrifice. The story ends with many notable sacrifices to protect their loved ones and their way of life. Exploring themes of honour, loyalty and the clash of cultures, the book remains a true classic of American literature.
Author: Ron McLarty
This book is set on the islands of Martha’s Vineyard. It tells the story of a middle-aged man named Smithy Ide who sets out on a cross-country bike trip to rediscover himself after the death of his parents and the loss of his job. Along the way, he confronts ghosts of his past and discovers unexpected connections with the people he meets.
As he travels from Rhode Island to California, Smithy reflects on his past and grapples with issues of love, loss and self-discovery. He also gains a new perspective on life and finds a sense of purpose and meaning. Exploring themes of redemption, forgiveness and the power of human connection. it is a moving and thought-provoking story about a man and his journey as he discovers himself.
Author: H.G. Wells
This is a science fiction classic. Herein a shipwrecked sailor washes up on an island where a mad scientist has been conducting experiments to turn animals into humans. The story follows Edward Prendick who is taken to an island where Dr Moreau conducts his experiments. Here, Prenduck discovers the strange creatures and the disturbing nature of Dr Moreau’s work. He also becomes aware of Dr Moreau’s methods and his cruelty towards the creatures. The novel raises ethical questions about the limits of science and the relationship between humans and science. Exploring themes of evolution, morality, control and limits of science, this book is truly a thought-provoking exploration of the darker aspects of human nature and scientific experimentation.
We hope you found some new books to dive into this summer. Do let us know if you have read any of these books, and if you have, how did you like them?
Thanks a lot for reading!