The island

The island by M A Bennett

The island

Link is a fish out of water. Newly arrived from America, he is finding it hard to settle into the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? And what kind of school ranks its students by how fast they can run round the school quad – however ancient that quad may be? When Link runs the slowest time in years, he immediately becomes the butt of every school joke. And some students are determined to make his life more miserable than others . . .

When a school summer trip is offered, Link can think of nothing worse than spending voluntary time with his worst tormentors. But when his parents say he can only leave Osney School – forever – if he goes on the trip, Link decides to endure it for the ultimate prize. But this particular trip will require a very special sort of endurance. The saying goes ‘No man is an island’ – but what if on that island is a group of teenagers, none of whom particularly like each other? When oppressive heat, hunger and thirst start to bite, everyone’s true colours will be revealed. Let the battle commence . . .

7 Reviews

Laura, Ardingly

11th November 2019 at 7:12 pm

I thought that ‘The Island’ was a really interesting and thought-provoking book. When I first picked it up, I thought that it wasn’t really my thing and was sceptical about whether I would enjoy it. However, I loved the honest, vivid way you get to see life through Link’s eyes. I found that the use of first person and fairly short chapter lengths made the book easy to read. As I read the book, I found myself always wanting to read more because it was so enjoyable and interesting. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to other people my age as I found it an exciting, fun read.

Harry, Shoreham College

4th November 2019 at 9:08 am

I found this book very interesting especially the shift in power from Link being bullied to him being the one that everyone on the island depends on. Overall this is a very interesting and entertaining book.


22nd October 2019 at 12:41 pm

Witty plot, deadly plane crash, carefully crafted characters and an overall spectacular story!

Tiffany, Lancing College

19th October 2019 at 8:50 am

There are a lot of twists in this story that you definitely won’t expect coming. But the overall message to this book is really good, and it shows how you should always treat others the way you want to be treated. The ending is a bit predictable but it’s a good one. Not only is the book fun to read, but it also teaches you survival skills. Overall it’s an amazing book and shows everyone a different perspective of life.

Clara, Downlands Community School

17th October 2019 at 7:37 pm

In conclusion, “The Island” by MA Bennett was an easy and exciting read. I liked the references to The Count of Monte Cristo and The Breakfast Club, yet I found most of the characters unlikeable (except for Ralph!) and I didn’t find the epilogue satisfying.


15th October 2019 at 12:40 pm

This book is a must read. When I finished this magnificent story, I couldn’t beleive what I’d read. The Island is a engaging and interesting book. It tells the story of Lincoln, a boy in a huge private school where he gets bullied evey day by a few students. When they get stranded on an island, it’s Link’s turn to take charge… It was a struggle to put down as the words flooded into my brain, gripping me in. I think it should be recognised for its incredible writing. The author really makes you beleive that they are a 16 year-old-boy, desperate for revenge, hungry for power. The level of writing of this is off the scale and I can’t wait to read more by this writer.

Ayla, Downlands

6th October 2019 at 8:30 pm

I think The Island is an interesting book with lots of twists and turns. I really like the way it puts people in others’ positions and shows their different reactions. It’s a light thriller with pinch of romance too and if you like suspense you will love this!

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