This was a realistic fiction story based on a real event that really made you see what hardships people go through when they are left marooned with less than 10 other people. You meet a boy named Quill who, along with other boys and a few adults, gets on a boat to a remote stac (an island made of rocks and boulders) where they hunt birds to bring back home to the people back at their island home. He had already made this journey and was seen as a leader throughout the book. Sadly, the boys on the boat didn’t know that mysteriously nobody would come to take them home. This left them abandoned, confused, and many of them dead set on the fact that the world had had to have ended since nobody was coming back for them. This was a very sad, compelling, book where you witness boys barely hanging on, having to adapt to the rocky place they had been abandoned in. This book reminded me of the Lord of the Flies very much so, just with a different setting and with the fact that this story was really based on a true event. The whole book had a gloomy, murky, sad feeling to it, which is something I don’t especially like, but I did enjoy how it really made you think about what you would do in their situation and how choices have consequences. I do think that it sends a good message about how there is always hope in bad situations. Overall, it was a good read.