Where the World Ends

Where the World Ends

Book - 2019
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In the summer of 1727, Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food, and only the end of the world can explain why no boat returns to collect them
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019
ISBN: 9781250225498
Characteristics: 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 12, 2020

I picked this up after it was named a Printz honor book this year, and am really glad I did -- it's really compelling. It's based on a true story from the 1700s about a group of boys and men in Scotland who were trapped on a remote sea stac for 9 months, and watching them struggle to survive makes for exciting reading. McCaughrean clearly did her research; everything about this feels really atmospheric and authentic (though, never having been a Scottish islander in the 1700s, I suppose I'm hardly an expert on authenticity). Anyway, I really enjoyed!

Jan 22, 2020

Really great historical fiction. The ending was slightly disappointing (changing voices) but otherwise I loved it!
It would be really great as an audiobook I think too.

ArapahoeKati Jan 07, 2020

A unique historical novel about the true story of men and boys who were stranded on a remote Scottish island to hunt birds in the 1720's. The writing sucks you in and the vivid and desolate landscape with a hint of "Lord of the Flies" makes you wonder how it all turns out.

Jan 05, 2020

Wow, that's quite an impressive story. Such a terrifying ordeal and to have been based on fact, well, it's hard to wrap your head around it. The birds, the stac, the isolation, all of it's so vivid. But all the while the underlying why/what happened screams at you. I was hard pressed to not jump ahead or research on the internet, and I was half dreading the fate of the marooned group, always waiting for the worst to happen. I missed the quiet clues in the beginning, but they're revisited in the end so that it all comes together for the reader. The bird reference was a welcome and handy addition, especially since they are integral to the story. Be sure to catch the author´s enlightening notes at the end. Despite the group's struggle to survive and the inevitable hopelessness and despair, Where the World ends is really a beautiful read.


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