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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Island Games: Mystery of the Four Quadrants is an action and adventure fantasy novel for preteens and young adults written by Caleb J. Boyer. How did he end up lying on the edge of an ocean with sand, seaweed and salt water trying to find their way into his mouth and nose? Matthew was entirely disoriented. He had no idea how he had come to be there or what he had been doing before he ended up on the shore of a deserted island. He wondered where Ryan was and suddenly felt a sharp sense of concern for his best friend before he lost consciousness again. When Matthew awoke again, the sun was setting and the ocean breezes were getting distinctly chilly. He saw Ryan nearby, but his friend seemed to be in a trance-like state. Matthew had no way of knowing where they were or how they had ended up in this place, but he knew that they needed to get warm and dry -- and quickly. The two friends would be spending the night, it seemed, on this strange and seemingly uninhabited island. In the morning, they’d begin to explore their surroundings.
Caleb J. Boyer’s action and adventure fantasy novel for preteens and young adults, Island Games: Mystery of the Four Quadrants, is a fast-paced and exciting tale about two young men who inexplicably find themselves on a deserted island and must use their wits to survive as they explore their new environs and learn how to survive there. Watching as they adapt to the challenges they face is fun, and one can see how their experiences with video gaming enhance their survival skills just about as much as their real life experiences do. Boyer’s plot is engaging and inventive; he gives Matt, Ryan and the reader any number of challenges to figure out and pitfalls to watch out for. Matt and Ryan are well-defined, authentic characters whose friendship is enhanced by their experiences on the island. The reader sees them learn to act as a real team as each one takes on the responsibility for the other’s safety and welfare. The story is well-written, and the action scenes are dynamic and vividly portrayed. Island Games: Mystery of the Four Quadrants is highly recommended.