Mau is about to become a man. He has endured his time on the solitary island, made his canoe, and is ready to head back to his own island, Nation. Then, the wave hits, and his home is forever changed. Now alone, Mau copes with his loss by befriending another straggler, Ermintrude (who changes her name to Daphne), the daughter of an English lord, and they start rebuilding their lives
This is a charming story. Daphne was my favorite character with her very real life experience and her humorous view of every situation. It’s interesting to watch her cope with an entirely new life on the island. I also loved the relationships between characters Of course, this YA novel isn’t entirely realistic, and is more along the lines of a comic fantasy, but that doesn’t take away from it at all; Pratchett’s humor is the same as in his Discworld series. The story is unrealistic, but ultimately conveys messages beyond the confines of the story.
In the end, I liked it. Maybe not as much as Discworld, but it was an enjoyable read. Buy this book on Amazon.