Monday, November 19, 2007
Dr. Franklin's Island
For my first review, I'll be using a book that is VERY dear to my heart. I first picked it up last year and still find myself pining for it. I eventually had to buy it because there were times when I just couldn't feel at home without looking at the wonderful cover. I still love this book. In fact, this is my second favorite book. Being second only to 'Hannibal'. But I do not wish to review that for this blog mainly because of it's content.
Dr. Franklin's Island.
Dr. Franklin's Island starts with a young teenage girl named Semi at the airport. We discover that she has won a special contest and will be flying off to some random place near Madagascar to study animals. The plane ride goes just fine for Semi, the girl next to her (named Miranda) and the other teens.
Until something goes wrong, and Semi finds herself suddenly having to swim to stay alive. She eventually finds herself on an island with two other survivors. Miranda and a redheaded boy named Artie. No one, to Semi's knowlege, is on the island. Except, of course, the sharks and octopi. Semi and her two new friends find comfort in each other and in their nightly Tree cutting ceromony.
Until Artie disappears and Semi finds his machete behind the waterfall. One thing leads to another and Semi and Miranda find themselves in the grasp of a completely psycho named Dr. Franklin (Hence the title.). Who is a specialist in Genetic engnieering.
This book asks the limits of survival, the ethics of screwing with DNA, Human Vitality, and the willingness to stay truely human. My review does no true justice to the novel. In fact, I am brain dead, so mine isn't very good at all.