The Sandcastle Empire

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Novel Rating 3.5 / 5 


When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves. But their solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected. 

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.


  Overall, I really enjoyed this book but I wasn’t thrilled with it as I initially thought that I was going to be with it! I received Sandcastle Empire in a previous box from Owlcrate which I got on Black Friday. 

I felt like I expected so much more from the plot but was left with half of what I expected from it. To start off, in the beginning, it was such a strong start but then the middle became muddled with the end and I felt just meh about the whole thing. The premise of the island reminded me much of the TV show Lost. It had that weird upside down plot to it, which I thought was cool. What didn’t really sit right with me was the whole thing about poor people being salty over the rich? It didn’t seem like much of a premise to build from, I really hope there is more to it than just that but from where I sit, I doubt there is. 

Now I found some holes in the plot though I can’t really get into them without spoiling things. Some things just didn’t really add up when you thought more in-depth about the scene, sometimes I was a bit confused due to them. Which then made it a little bit harder to understand where the author came from. 

I saw that this book is apparently picked up for a movie starring or directed by Leonardo DiCaprio. So I feel like this is going to possibly be a case of, the move is better than the book type deal. We will see though!

So it wasn’t a totally bad read, just more of a “that’s it?” type of reading.

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