This book was very interesting. The world in this book is damaged, and there are no resources for the people, they have to strive for food. It was mainly about a boy named Baz who was chosen to go to the island, X-Isle, on a boat. Only a 2-3 people are chosen every month, and they have to be boys, small and skinny. He met more boys like him on the island who had to work for the Preacher and his 3 old sons, work like building and fixing. It was really hard for them and they were treated like servants. Over-all, i recommend this book to all ages. It shows how hard life can be when disaster strikes the world.