Geraldine McCaughrean takes us back to 1727, to a sea stac located off the island of St Kilda.
Where the World Ends tells the story of Quilliam, his friends and a few adults that travel to this remote stac to
hunt for small animals and bring back resources such as feathers, oil and flesh which are vital for the Islanders.Their
annual adventure on the island was nothing out of the ordinary. Days flew by as the crew collected birds and gazed at the
picturesque and mesmerising view. The powerful waves crashing into Warrior stac, the smell of salt and song of the birds all
added to this harsh environment’s beauty. But they started to realise that the boat that was supposed to get them back hasn’t come yet.
They waited. Maybe there was a storm so were forced to set sail in the next few days? Maybe the islanders needed to get a new boat as the old one was being repaired?
But hope, warmth and light slowly faded like the setting sun from the hearts of Quill and his friends. It must be the end of the world, they thought, why else
would nobody bring them home? This tale of survival and friendship enthralled me from the beginning.I loved the vividly described flashbacks from Hirta,
the characterisation of Quilliam and the point of view the story was told from.
The description of the weather and birds on the Stac are evocative and realistic making this book even more authentic.
Overall, this undoubtedly original book is a delight to read and I would recommend it for children aged 12 to adults as I believe
this is a book everyone can enjoy.
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