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Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
Young adult

Where the World Ends

by Geraldine McCaughrean

Quick take

Abandoned on a Scottish island in the 1700s? It's brutal. But it's also based on a true story, if you can believe it.

Good to know

  • Slow build

  • International

  • Critically acclaimed

  • Rugged

Why I love it

I read historical fiction for the windows it opens to the past. But I’m tough on this genre. I want historical accuracy, fast-paced plots with tension and imagination, and characters who feel real. Where the World Ends is the rare historical novel that hits every mark.

It’s 1727, and a group of nine boys and three men are dropped off on a sea stac—an uninhabited column of stone—some miles near th...

Synopsis

Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned―cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive such a forsaken place of stone and sea?

This is an extraordinary story of fortitude, endur...

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