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  • Title: The Sandcastle Empire
  • Author: Kayla Olson
  • ISBN: 9780062484871
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When all hope is gone, how do you survive Before the war, Eden s life was easy air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources Eden has lost everything to them They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned heWhen all hope is gone, how do you survive Before the war, Eden s life was easy air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources Eden has lost everything to them They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her But Eden refuses to die by their hands She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves But their solace is short lived when one of Eden s new friends goes missing Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.
    The Sandcastle Empire When all hope is gone how do you survive Before the war Eden s life was easy air conditioning ice cream long days at the beach Then the revolution happened and everything changed Now a powerful g

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    1. This book kept me up all night with a fast beating heart It had so many twists, turns, secrets, scares, and romantic moments I don t want to give anything away, because I think it s best to go into this book blind If you liked LOST, you ll definitely love this book I predict that it will be the next big dystopian novel

    2. I m really sad I hated this book so much when pages 1 100 were SO GOOD I don t think I ve ever gone from loving to hating a book so fast The Sandcastle Empire originally pulled me in with a completely awesome opening We begin on a beach where Eden is waiting to execute her escape plan Shit gets real very fast and Eden encounters Alexa, Hope, and Finnley Both Eden and Alexa had so much character potential and intrigue about them There s a bit of infodumping, yes, but Kayla Olson creates a picture [...]

    3. This book is insane It starts off as an awesome dystopian and first 100 pages were amazing but it quickly changes from there and becomes sci fi Now that s not a bad thing at all but it just got so confusing, SO CONFUSING I may be the only one who feels like this way but I understood the basis of the story but things just kept changing quickly, so many new characters were introduced and there was so much scientific jargon I did enjoy the writing, it was beautiful.I also enjoyed our main character [...]

    4. The fire pops, hisses War is like this consuming, ravenous, feeding and feeding until there s nothing left to take and all that s left is ash.YA dystopians can be pretty hard to resist and the concept for this one intrigued me It doesn t hurt that it had already gotten optioned for film prior to release, so I figured there must be something special here And the comparisons to the TV show Lost didn t hurt one bit I didn t particularly care for the turn the plot takes later in the book and the rom [...]

    5. I received an advance copy of this book for free Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss I have to believe in something I dare to meet her eyes And I think you do, too No one runs with that much conviction unless they know what they re running toward This was a YA dystopian story set during a world war The characters in this were okay, and I felt quite sorry for them that they were stuck in a war zone and had had everything taken from them I did find it quite hard to connect with them though.The s [...]

    6. I devoured this book and loved every last second of it From the very first chapter, when Eden stands on a boardwalk near a mine littered beach, planning to make a break for it and escape the Wolves who stand guard, the story grabbed hold of me and didn t let go until the very end.The main character, Eden, was the perfect mix of strong bad ass and flawed scarred to make her super loveable, the secondary characters all popped out of the page, and the entire book was an action packed, non stop page [...]

    7. As a survival story 5 starsAs a dystopian futuristic corporate run society story 2 starsAs a standalone with a resolved ending 1 starAs the first part of a series or duo 3.5 stars The enemy wore sheep s clothes for many years before it bared it s fangs and went for blood Fathers Brothers The barista who your daily latte, the guy behind the fish counter at the grocery store, the girl in Sephora who taught you how to line your eyes All seemingly unconnected, until one day they were a force It s ha [...]

    8. As one summary listed, this book could be described as a cross between The Maze Runner and the TV series Lost I would add Lord of the Flies or The 100 Very descriptive writing with a semi original plot There is a nice balance of plot twists and compromised characters to keep the story interesting The love interest story seemed a bit immature for teenagers that may be keeping to the dystopian theme and lack of relationship experience Although I m accustomed to short chapters in YA novels, the cha [...]

    9. It s A Game Of Survival With Questionable World BuildingThis review will be posted on Happy IndulgenceApparently this book has been optioned for film, which I believe is a waste of time after finishing it The Sandcastle Empire unfortunately rubbed me in all the wrong ways, and I wouldn t really recommend it to readers looking for something with substance The only thing it has going is the story of survival and each characters intense desire to keep living The non stop action does a good job in k [...]

    10. The writing in this book was incredible I m shook It was confusing in a good way , and I was so invested in this story and its characters that I had trouble putting it down Highly recommended it s definitely a new favorite The enemy wore sheep s clothes for many years before it bared its fangs and went for blood Fathers Brothers The barista who made your daily latte, the guy behind the fish counter at the grocery store, the girl in Sephora who taught you how to line your eyes All seemingly uncon [...]

    11. No one ever prepared me for hope to be so tangled with fear And this book is flush with both, in the best possible way.First of all the writing The prose is beautiful Olson s words shimmer like the lush jungle setting she s created, and the plot slithers, curves, and strikes I loved the descriptions gorgeous lines like trees are in all shades of green until shadows stain them black The main character, Eden, takes this book beyond simply boasting a killer plot which it does in spades to something [...]

    12. It has been so long since I ve read a dystopian book, and I have to say, I ve been really missing the genre I always get so excited when I am finding out about the post apocalyptic world and how the things are, who is in charge and what s there left of the normal world The Sandcastle Empire had a pretty slow beginning and only at around 30% did it really pick up in speed After that, the action was full on We started finding out what is happening on that island, what is happening in the world, an [...]

    13. The writing in this book is just so fantastic and captivating, and along with the amazing imagery, you ll be transported into this world where nobody is safe An excellent debut to start off the new year, hitting shelves this June

    14. You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5 I liked a lot of things about this book, but there was one pretty significant thing that dampened my excitement But, let s talk positives first The Good I loved the plot I was constantly kept guessing as to what on earth was going on in this world and how it could be fixed I didn t see any of the twists coming except one or two minor things and was incredibly eager to know the outcom [...]

    15. 3.5 stars To round up or to round down this book is excellent and I m not disappointed or anything just feeling kind of meh, after finishing Strong start, blah end, that kind of thing Review posted on The Eater of Books blog The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla OlsonPublisher HarperTeenPublication Date June 6, 2017Rating 3 starsSource eARC from EdelweissSummary from When all hope is gone, how do you survive Before the war, Eden s life was easy air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach Then t [...]

    16. Trigger warnings death of a parent, death of a friend, violence, war, blood, a weird amount of hypodermic needles This book wasIDEK, to be perfectly honest with you The first hundred or so pages Was super compelling It was a fascinating world, I liked the protagonist, and the entire concept was intriguing And then it just gotweird There was some bizarro Hunger Games style shit going on, where the characters were traipsing through a jungle full of booby traps and murderous insects and plants that [...]

    17. I carry my past wherever it fits tucked in at my back, hanging from my neck, buried deep in my pocket A tattered yellow book A heavy ring on its heavy chain A vial of blood and teeth.Wow, honestly, I think almost all YA these days are amazing I might find some small similarities here and there between different works but as an entire piece, each one is unique in itself The ideas I come to encounter are just endless and the authors keep proving to be worthy artists, original, creative, and genuin [...]

    18. I won t lie to you the cover did make me hesitate to pick this up It just doesnt appeal to me but the premise was something that really interested me, especially the deadly island part The Lost TV Show vibe had me even excited because I loved that show I thought the mysteries of the island were thrilling and the technology was interesting I love the concept of being stranded and needing to figure out how to survive.Global warming has led to many natural disasters and a lack of clean water for p [...]

    19. Anything can happen to anyone, whether they deserve it or not.You know when you pick up a book, you re two pages in, and you can visualize everything When you immediately know a world like your own skin That s The Sandcastle Empire It s a deeply immersive experience, and I can absolutely see why the film rights got snatched up so quickly Lost comparisons are totally accurate This book really has everything suspense, intrigue, futuristic yet scarily realistic technology, love, family, betrayal, p [...]

    20. Oh my god, this book was CRACK.Seriously, from the moment I started reading I was addicted to the story Olson creates a world so vivid, so rich with detail, that it s almost impossible not to be sucked in almost immediately This is the kind of book where too many of my favorite moments are tied up in spoilers, but suffice it to say that I devoured the incredibly well thought out world, the fascinating, unique characters, and the all too plausible plot like a hungryI d say wolf, but yeah, no.

    21. 3.3 5 Your mind is stronger than your circumstances, Eden Another book with mixed feelings.I thing that I have to recognize that this book never slows down a second It s packed with action and events.I loved the setting The deserted and safe island that soon will be full of perils I was so excited when I was reading the first part of how this little group of people arrives there and how they interact with the wild and try so hard to survive considering that what they left behind is even worse.Th [...]

    22. If only the story could have lived up to that beautiful cover Ratings Breakdown Plot 3.5 5Main Characters 3.7 5Secondary Characters 3.2 5The Feels 3 5Pacing 3 5Addictiveness 4 5Theme or Tone 4 5Flow Writing Style 3.5 5Backdrop World Building 4 5Originality 4 5Book Cover 5 5Narration 5 5Ending 3.8 5 Cliffhanger Nope.Steam Factor 0 5 1Narration Andi ArndtSetting A Mysterious IslandSource Audiobook Library Total 3.5 5 STARS GRADE B My Thoughts The Sandcastle Empire was both languid and quick moving [...]

    23. In Kayla Olson s cutthroat and dangerous new world, she provides a realistic portrayal of what could happen if global warming continues on its current path The oceans have risen, eating land masses as dangerous water is wont to do, giving survivors very few options of where to live Add to that, the divide between the privileged and underprivileged has reached a dangerous apex, and the poor have created a war, one that they re currently winning Anyone viewed as upperclass prior to the Revolution [...]

    24. Survivor on steroids Taken from their homes and taken to the island guarded by the wovles until one day, today it had to be today Eden wouldnt have another chance like this Eden and three others made it to the boat and set off to find the mysterious island an island that Edens dad talked about in the only thing Eden has to call her own A survival book, filled with her dads notes and maps Will they make it to the mysterious island or will the ocean swallow them up or will they push one another ov [...]

    25. Y all, put this book on your Must Have list, because this book is special The plot is exciting fast paced, the stakes high, and yet, on a prose level, the writing is GORGEOUS Truly beautiful writing I m sincere when I say I loved this ms and Kayla is very talented and I expect Big Things in her future.

    26. Some books are worth reading because of gorgeous writing Some because of a brilliantly original plot Some because they challenge us to think critically about the world we live in And then every once in a while, a book comes along that has all three of these rare qualities in equal measure The Sandcastle Empire is one of those books This one is special, folks You don t want to miss it.

    27. What a surprising book I really enjoyed it and I m hoping there s to the story also, ALSO you should TOTALLY add this book because the writing is AMAZING and the story is BRILLIANT and i m really excited for everyone to read this okay.

    28. I am not gonna lie, I didn t expect to like this book Well, I didn t like it, I ended up loving it It s nothing I think I would have picked up for myself, I got it in an OwlCrate and I don t normally go for this type of Dystopian This book though, this book It was exactly what I needed I loved the characters and the setting I cannot recommend this book enough

    29. Source Edelweiss Genre Young Adult, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction Rating 3.0 MY Thoughts The Maze Runner meets Lost is how one reviewer describes The Sandcastle Empire by debut author Kayla Olson Set in a near future where climate change has pushed the world to the breaking point, a radical faction called the Wolfpack has seized control of the government and created gulags which has separated families, and killed anyone else who refused to kneel to their demands Eden, who has spent the major [...]

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