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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Island of Dreams is a dystopian sci-fi/fantasy by Emily-Jane Hills Orford. Rosalind Melodious Bell is a celebrated concert pianist on the Caribbean cruise, The Royal Blue, on its way to Puerto Rico with her aunt. But disaster strikes when the ship sails through the Bermuda Triangle. Rose wakes to find herself on the mysterious Dulces Sueños Island, rescued by King Frederick III of Luthenstein and his subjects. Even after learning that Armageddon has annihilated the outside world and civilization, Rose is still skeptical of the nanorobots coursing through her body and the Atlanteans, who have their own grand plans. But in a race against time, Rose and her friends must soon leave the planet as the island's inhabitants are the sole hope for humanity's survival.
Island of Dreams is a wild rollercoaster tale you don't want to end. Emily-Jane Hills Orford tells a captivating story of Armageddon, rich in worldbuilding and thoroughly imaginative. The most impressive aspect of the book is that you can never quite guess the twists and turns of the plot. It keeps you engaged as you're constantly wondering what's coming next. Rose's character acts as the reader's stand-in, and through her, you slowly begin to solve the mystery by peeling back one layer at a time. The narrative is well-paced, and Orford's smooth prose makes for a breezy read. I liked Rose's relationship with Frederick. Overall, this is an entertaining book that will appeal to a broad audience.