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The 6 Worst Fictional Islands to Get Stuck On

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Worst. Islands. Ever.

The end of the summer is almost upon us, which means you’re either vacationing or dreaming of doing so. If you’re in the latter group, why not soothe your jealousy by thinking of the terrible vacation spots you’re avoiding instead? Check out our list of the worst islands you could visit below.

 

A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

It may be hard to leave a beach vacation, but it’s certainly better than the alternative. Even with a cute boy, the lack of food, shelter, and transpiration – plus two feuding sisters – means we prefer to avoid being a castaway here.

 

Iceling by Sasha Stephenson

This riveting sci-fi road trip story about the bond between sisters starts with Lorna, whose adopted sister Callie is an Iceling, one of hundreds of teens discovered on a remote Arctic island. Whatever happened to Callie and her fellow Icelings there – who can’t speak or understand any known human language – we’ll stay far away from that island.

 

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

These twisted imaginative fables make you think about things differently…including the phrase “No man is an island entire of itself.”

 

Never Ever by Sara Saedi

Minor Island sounds like the best place on earth – nobody ages beyond seventeen, it’s a constant party, and even flying is possible. But can a place really be so perfect? And at what cost?

 

Nightfall by Peter Kujawinski and Jake Halpern

An island where sunrise comes every twenty-eight years is not where you want to be—especially when night is about to fall.

 

The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

There are many reasons to want to be on an island – but hiding for your own safety is not one of them. Especially on Whidbey Island, where nothing is what it seems.

 

 

 

But if you had to be stranded…you’d want one of these YA boys with you, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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