The Lighthouse Land introduces us to a 13 year old boy in New York City, who has survived cancer via an arm amputation which has left him mute from the shock. His life changes for the better after he and his mother inherit their own small island and home off of the coast of Ireland. There he becomes friends with a boy-genius his own age and they discover a portal to another world. After becoming friends with a girl on the alien planet, they help to fight the pirate-type race who are attacking her people.
Again, I chose to listen to the audiobook version for this review. At the beginning of The Lighthouse Land, I did not like the use of the future tense “you will”. Maybe it was a little more confusing hearing it, rather than reading it, since it is unexpected. Fortunately, this does not continue for very long, and I stopped myself from giving up on it too soon.
I also thought that the narrator, Gerard Doyle, sounded amateurish, by tending to end his sentences on a high note. I was shocked to discover that he has won numerous narrating awards, including Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008. So, I’m very curious now to listen to something else he has narrated to compare. I did feel that his voice was better suited to the characters later in the book, rather than the ones in the New York setting. I’m not sure if this was the writing or his voice, but Gerard was almost certainly chosen as narrator because of the Irish setting after New York.
Overall, I thought this was just an OK book.