Swing Island: Power to Survive
“Swing Island” by R. Bennett Woods is the riveting tale of 13-year-old Orehon Retnu, a nomadic treetop hunter, who in his attempt to rescue friends from an evil band of kidnappers is himself captured. Orehon soon attempts to gain his freedom but is continually recaptured. Will Orehon’s courage and persistence be enough to save him and the others? Will they ever see their family and friends again?
This story could never have happened in the world we know, so the author created the intriguing imaginary planet of Almatim. Almatim has but one ocean and one island called Teapottum. People have lived in houses and villages in the tree tops of the forest of Teapottum for centuries. The island of Teapottum’s great forest has a deadly floor on which no one has ever set foot on and survived. Three tribes, the Levon, the Pot, and the Elbat, share the treetops, but not peacefully. Needless to say, life in this environment is dangerous.
One good example of how dangerous things were was when Orehon was mixing poison for darts, and his pet monkey Berr accidentally drank some of the poison. Berr climbed down to the forest floor to die. Orehon followed him to the forest floor to try and rescue him. As soon as Orehon reached the ground, bugs tried to eat him. Orehon found Berr just as a huge beast erupted from the forest floor. This is a suspenseful moment in the book, and you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.
I would recommend “Swing Island: Power to Survive” to people who really like adventures and can’t get enough action. I don’t think that there is anything that parents will object to. I also hope that every one who reads this book will enjoy it as much as I did. I hope that R. Bennett Woods will write more books like this with such an excellent and flowing writing style. You can get so involved that you almost forget that you are still on earth.