Moss has grown up on the strangest and most magical of islands. Her father has a plan to control the tempestuous weather that wracks the shores. But the island seems to have a plan of its own once Callan — a wild boy her age — appears on its beaches. Her complex feelings for Callan shift with every tide, while her love for the island, and her father, are thrown into doubt…
And when one fateful day, a young man from the outside world washes up on the beach, speaking of the Old World, nothing will ever be the same.
This is a tough one to review because I did really enjoy the writing and the story, but it a little like two stories that don’t quite fit together.
The first part is the story of Moss and her dad on the magic flower island. It’s a bit more confusing and slower, but gorgeously written. I particularly loved Jess, Cal and Aster too.
The second part starts after the time jump really, and with the introduction of Finn and Tommy. I liked this in a different way, because it had more purpose but the way it relates to the first part of the story is a little muddy.
I also read that it’s inspired by The Tempest? I didn’t pick this up while reading it, but I can sort of see it now. However, it feels like a lose inspiration at best, and I wouldn’t hold too much to that if you are going to read it.
The whole concept of the island and the storm flowers is lovely, and Christopher really does have a way of writing that feels magical, so I did enjoy reading it. I just think that I didn’t quite connect in the way that I would want to.
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