Overview After a plane crash on a mysterious island, Rick wakes up blind and has to learn to trust the other passengers. The only problem is that the more he befriends them, the more he learns that they each have a secret--some more sinister than others.
Publishers Description Rick is just a normal kid, living an abnormal life. After his plane crashes on a mysterious island, he wakes up to a whole new world: the world of the blind. With his loss of sight, Rick has to learn to trust the other passengers. The only problem is that the more he befriends them, the more he learns that they each have a secret; some more sinister than others. When all hopes of getting rescued seem to be sabotaged, and when menacing and bizarre things begin happening on the island, Rick must learn to trust his companions.and himself. S. R. Case is a normal kid with weird talents, some of which include: Origami Paper-Folding, Drawing Superheroes, Reading Every Book in Sight, Photographing People, Impersonating People, Cooking, Airsofting, Toastmastering, Watching Cowboy Movies, and of course Being an Author. Case lives in an Ocean of Illinois Prairie Grass with two Sisters, one set of Parents, and a Basement full of Sea Monsters.
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I really love this book because it works on so many levels at once. On its surface it is a fast-paced adventure story. On another level it is a deep character study of a young man facing great adversity. It is also integral to the story that it is a mystery. Each character has a mystery surrounding them that has to come to the surface, and the group as a whole must work together to solve the mystery of the island. The insights into human emotion and relationships are amazing. It is a study of group dynamics, a study of culture and anthropology, and a study of faith all at once. On a literary level there are so many uses of symbols and types -such as the use of Black itself and the concept of "sight". In other words, this book has something for everyone and more than expected for all.