Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Top Ten Tuesday #6: Best Characters to Have With Me on a Deserted Island


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?)!


5 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday #6: Best Characters to Have With Me on a Deserted Island

  1. lipsyy
    July 22, 2014

    Katsa made my list too, and Po…I couldn’t bring myself to separate them! :)

    • gwenkate
      July 22, 2014

      Oh yes, good idea – wish I’d thought of that! :-) I also liked your addition of Captain Thorne — he’d be handy (and good company)!

  2. Danya
    July 22, 2014

    LOL, we chose some of the same books/authors, but different characters! I picked Daine from Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series (because of the awesome ‘wild magic’ connection she has with animals), Vidanric from Crown Duel, and Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter. But your picks make sense too! :)

    • gwenkate
      July 23, 2014

      Funny! I definitely see your reasoning — apparently I tended to stick mostly with main characters — I seemed to have forgotten the charms of a sidekick! Thanks for the comment.

  3. caitlinstern
    July 22, 2014

    I forgot about Pierce characters–she has a bunch of good ones. I thought of Katsa, too. She’d be pretty perfect.

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