I received an advance copy of Island Fire by Toby Neal in exchange for an honest review. I am super excited to share it with you!
In her first foray into books for young adults, Neal hits this one out of the park! Filled with the lush details that make you feel like you’re there on the tropical island yourself, Island Fire transports you to the small island of Lanai, when a freak disaster causes all technology to fail. An airplane falls from the sky, what little there is on the island is in flames, and Bea, her brother Sam, crash-surviving pick-pocket, Nick, and islander Jaden find themselves together, trying to stay alive. With fully developed characters who must work together to overcome real obstacles, this very visual adventure story simply flies.
I loved the relationship between Bea and Sam, and thought the dragon ‘aumakua was a fabulous addition to the story. Looking forward to more in this series!
What would you do if all technology failed?
From the Blurb:
In the very near future, on the tiny island of Lanai, teens from very different worlds must find a way to survive when technology is destroyed.
Bea and Sam, Hawaiian kids isolated by a paranoid, alcoholic father, are thrown together with orphaned big-city pickpocket Nick when a disaster fries all technology. Aided by a mysterious `aumakua dragon that may or may not be Bea’s imaginary friend, the kids face fire, plane crashes, gangs, pit bulls, thieves, sharks, hunger, thirst and abuse in a coming-of-age that explores a post-technology world where only the strong and connected survive.
ISLAND FIRE BY TOBY NEAL – Suitable for ages 10-100!
Raves from Advance Readers:
“Island Fire is another fantastic page turner from Toby Neal. It sucked me in until the very end and I feel like I know each of the characters personally. I still have goosebumps thinking of everything. Definitely a must-read!” ~Sophia, age 17
“My only complaint is that once again I am sleep deprived because I cannot put down your books. With Island Fire, I tried to go to sleep two nights ago, and I just kept thinking about what might happen and I finally had to read more. This is always the sign of a wonderful book, that the reader is so engrossed, so deeply enmeshed in the story and so invested that it is impossible to stop reading.” F. Pepoon
“Island Fire….unbelievable…I loved every moment of it. I was imagining seeing this in theaters and casting in my head!” G.Schneider
“Deep, fast-paced, filled with action, suspense, and heart, this little book is huge inside!” – B. Morrison, middle school teacher
Toby Neal is also the Author of the Lei Crime Series. Toby Neal grew up on the island of Kaua`i in Hawaii. After a few “stretches of exile” to pursue education, the islands have been home for the last fifteen years. Toby is a mental health therapist, a career that has informed the depth and complexity of the characters in her books. Outside of work and writing, Toby volunteers in a nonprofit for children and enjoys life in Hawaii through beach walking, body boarding, scuba diving, photography and hiking. Find out more at her website.