Island is the story of Will Farnaby, a journalist shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala. There he discovers a culture masterminded by a utopian Scottish scientist and a native Raja. The two have worked hard to create a society engineered to work communally toward the happiness of the group. The society incorporates elements of Eastern and Western culture. The novel explores themes common to Dystopian fiction, including drug culture, group living, and child-rearing.
In Island of the Blue Dolphins, a young native American girl named Karana witnesses her life change forever when a ship of an enemy tribe lands on her island. After a tumultuous time of conflict and change, Karana and her brother are the only ones left on the island. When her brother dies, Karana must make a life for herself. Her many trials and long years of solitude tell a story about the path to morality, forgiveness, and the importance of human connection.
Treasure Island, a classic adventure novel, follows the story of Jim Hawkins, a young boy who becomes embroiled in pirate affairs after coming into possession of a treasure map. After hiring a crew to sail to where the treasure is buried, Jim ends up on a ship full of pirates. With few allies, including the trustworthy Captain Smollett and former pirate Ben Gunn, Jim must not only prevent a mutiny, but stay alive long enough to find his treasure. This coming-of-age novel explores many themes, including the ambiguity of morality and the idea of heroism.