Title: Dr. Franklin’s Island
Author: Ann Halam
Summary: When the newly-acquainted Semi, Arnie, and Miranda’s plane crashes in the middle of the ocean, they are the only survivors. Stranded on a mysterious island they wait desperately for rescue. The days tick by without a sign and the three must start exploring the island. One day Semi sees a pig with human hands instead of hooves. Thinking it was an illusion, she passes off it as an effect of island fever. Shortly afterwards, Miranda and Semi stumble upon a cave and within it a small village. Captured within seconds, the two are to be the new guinea pigs for the scientific testing of Doctor Franklin. They might have once dreamed of being able to fly or to breath underwater; but Miranda and Semi never expected that they’d get the chance to do so as a bird or a dolphin. In this horror fantasy, the two girls must learn to survive under Doctor Franklin’s roof without losing their humanity.
Who will like this book?: People who want the thrill of a sci-fi/fantasy horror. Or those whom enjoy reading about mad scientists. It’s a very deep book and can be a bit slow at times, but parts of it are so skin-crawling that you won’t be able to put it down.
If you like this, you should try: The Red is for Remembrance series by Laurie Faria Stolarz. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
Recommended by: ZZ, resident of Fairfield and avid reader