Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish blog. This week’s theme is Top Ten Book Characters to Have With You on a Deserted Island (based off their usefulness, company, etc.). Of course, this answer to this question greatly depends on the type of deserted island you are stranded on, but Kate and I will try our best (warning: some spoilers might occur in the descriptions of characters – sorry, it can’t be helped).
10.) Keladry: The Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce
With Kel’s talent for the knightly arts, plus her uncanny ability to charm many stubborn animals to be her loyal friends, I’m sure she’d have many useful talents and fascinating stories to tell.
9.) Giannine/Janine: Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
Giannine has died so many times on her own, and has become so talented at avoiding death in the process, I’m sure she’d be a convenient comrade to have along on a deserted island (and her hilarious sense of humor would make time tick faster).
8.) Meliara: Crown Duel & Court Duel by Sherwood Smith
No matter the situation — whether in a deadly war, stuck on the losing side, or in a secretive court where there is no one you can trust, and whenever there is magic involved — Mel will find the way.
7.) Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles by Melissa Meyer
Although Cinder would be the most helpful on a futuristic dystopian island, I can’t picture a scenario where her metal hand, with screwdrivers, pliers, and a tranquilizer wouldn’t be of some use.
6.) Sage/Jaron: The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Sage always seems to have a clever plan up his sleeve and his wit is enough to keep anyone constantly entertained!
5.) Sam Gribley: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Sam’s resourcefulness and willingness to brave the most extreme survival challenges would make him a great companion, if not the best for company.
4.) Jacky Faber: The Bloody Jack Adventures by L.A. Meyer
Jacky is my all-time favorite character, and although she does thrive better in cities and around other people, I’d love her for a friend and her ability to face all dangers with a brave face would certainly come in handy.
3.) Karana: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Karana’s (based off real-life Juana Maria) ability to survive alone on a deserted island would be the perfect character for a similar experience!
2.) Katsa: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa’s magical “Grace” for killing and survival would be the perfect addition to a deserted island. Who wouldn’t want a girl who can make fire out of nothing, rarely needs to sleep or eat, and can hunt and kill any food, but may be a bit grumpy without the companionship of Prince Po?
1.) Hermione Granger: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
You never know when you might need a nerd girl with a collection of handy charms and spells to make your survival all that much easier. Or she could just disapparate you out of there in a heartbeat (but then where would all the adventure be?)!