IB Arc Review: The Isle by Jordana Frankel

Posted January 22, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment

IB Arc Review: The Isle by Jordana Frankel

My purpose today is to review The Isle. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that The Isle is a sequel. There’s nothing wrong with it being a sequel, I just didn’t know when I first picked it up. I’m unobservant. Still, you want to read this one first. It adds so much to the story. I was lucky because my library had it and I got to read it before I read The Isle. I suggest you do too!

Now to the real reason we are all here.

IB Arc Review: The Isle by Jordana FrankelThe Isle by Jordana Frankel
Series: The Ward #2
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 19th 2016
Genres: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 384
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The heart-racing and thrilling sequel to The Ward about a teenage female drag racer who will do anything to save her sister—and a flooded futuristic Manhattan.
Drought season is coming....
The Ward is in trouble—its streets filled with seawater after a devastating flood and its impoverished inhabitants suffering from a deadly disease called the Blight.
Ren, with the help of her scientist friend, Callum, and her racing buddy, Derek, has discovered a cure—miraculous spring water—administering it to her sick sister, Aven. But when Aven is kidnapped by Governor Voss, the malevolent dictator of the United Metro Isles (UMI), Ren must go on a dangerous mission to save her sister, again.
The mysterious healing water is the only source of freshwater throughout the entire UMI—water that Ren had been tasked by the government to discover. Although she refuses to give up the water’s location, Governor Voss has his own selfish reasons for wanting it. And he will do anything to satisfy his thirst for unquenchable power.
But Ren and Aven have more enemies than the governor. An ancient order, the Tètai, has been guarding the magical water for hundreds of years. And they will kill to protect it. With the Ward in desperate need of freshwater and wracked by disease—and deadly enemies at every turn—the sisters face a dangerous journey, marred by mysterious secrets and horrifying truths, to save their friends and neighbors, and a city.

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This book picks up right where The Ward ends. It’s not a stand alone novel. When I first picked it up, I knew I was missing something. Luckily The Ward was easily available so I was able to grab that up and read it first. This book was so engrossing. It was such a fun and easy read. Even though I suddenly had two books to read, it wasn’t a chore at all.

In the world of the Isle, water is a commodity. It is in such short supply that it has become a currency. If you can afford enough clean water, you can stay out of the sickhouses and avoid the plague. Hopefully. Especially since transmitting the plague is outlawed. They couldn’t make being sick illegal but they did outlaw transmission. Making someone else sick can send you straight to quarantine. Ren only cares about saving her sister of the heart, Aven. She’s willing to do anything, even reveal a miraculous secret fountain of youth.

I loved the premise of this book! So interesting and unique. Water is something that is taken for granted. We never think about how important it is for our life and our health. Just look at the news coming out of Flint, Michigan. Without water, you have nothing.

Also, Renata is so kickass. The best part about her is how loyal she is. She will do anything. Go to any lengths to protect Aven. Everything Ren does is for Aven. Ren and Aven’s relationship was so close. It was fantastic. However, it also was also a negative. Her greatest strength was also her greatest weakness. She is so interested in saving Aven and sheltering her from the world that she ignores everything else. She approaches life with a single minded intensity that is dangerous. She rushes head long into situations without considering the ramifications.

I really liked this book. Fantastic theme. Amazing friendships. You should read it!!


Jordana FrankelJordana Frankel is a Jersey native.

She’s been a camp counselor, a salesperson of diamonds, a hostess at a southwestern grill, an archivist of rare books, a yoga instructor, and a reading teacher, but her shining moment was when she got to hang out in Walmart for 12 hours a day as the AXE girl.

She received her B.A. in English from Goucher College, graduated and then went to live in Italy for a year. Afterwards she then went for her MFA in Poetry at Hollins University.

But then she graduated and she moved back to NYC.

She got her first job at The Literary Group International as a literary agency, where she’d started as an intern reading queries and then assisted editorially. At Linn Prentis Literary, also a literary agency, she handled foreign sales, picked up gems from unsolicited mail, and helped authors through the publishing process. And then it was onto The Book Report Network where she handled ads and promos for features on Teenreads.com, Kidsreads.com, and GraphicNovelReporter.com.

Jordana is currently writing a (history textbook/)novel entitled THE WARD, forthcoming from KT Books/HarperCollins in 2013. She also teaches creative writing workshops for kids ages 8 to 18 through Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization based in New York City.

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One response to “IB Arc Review: The Isle by Jordana Frankel

  1. danielle hammelef

    Thanks for you review and tip to read the first book before this one! I love reading about characters that are strong and 3D. This sounds really exciting too!

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