Libertopia announces the best libertarian fiction for 2018: As part of our mission to help encourage liberty in the arts, the team here at libertopia is extremely proud to announce the winner for the Adult Category of our 2018 Art and Creative Writing Contest (Find the details of the 2018 Contest right here)! After J.L Pattison sent us a copy of The Island, we read it and found it to be the absolute best new fiction with a very pro-liberty message that we’ve read this year!
“…a man given over to evil can only do so much harm by himself. He can set a fire, shoot a gun, even hijack a plane. But a group of men in the form of an organized government can enslave, starve, and murder millions. Just think of how many people would have survived the twentieth century if Josef Stalin was a man without a government”
The above is possibly one of our favorite quotes from Pattison’s The Island, a book that comes in at about 170 pages and makes for a great read for a teen audience. As a more seasoned reader and advanced libertarian/voluntaryist, I found the book to be a well written story that excels at introducing important libertarian ideas to people who might be coming into them for the first time. With a number of compelling characters, the story is exciting and held my interest, and leads to an unexpected and explosive conclusion that will likely stick with you for a while.
So long story short, if you’re into the X-Files, the Twilight Zone, or just love a good political thriller or conspiracy, you’ll want to give The Island a read. But if you have a teen who loves reading and thinking about social issues, this is a high recommend for a cool Christmas gift for them. In the meantime, here’s hoping for a graphic novel adaptation of this story sometime in the future!
The Island: Agent Sherard Parker never expected to get caught. His first reconnaissance mission with the DEA was supposed to be simple: infiltrate a small South Pacific island and gather intelligence about its involvement in the international drug trade. But when Parker stumbles upon a hidden airliner reportedly shot down weeks earlier—an act of terrorism that sparked a war—he realizes the island is more than just home to a major drug operation, it’s also part of a conspiracy so evil it could lead to World War III. After being captured, Parker is forced to abandon his original mission for a far more important one: escape from the island and return to his family. Can Parker lead an eclectic band of prisoners in a daring life-or-death escape from their tropical prison, or will those in charge of protecting the island prevail, keeping its dark secrets forever?
To order your very own copy of this highly recommended book, please click on The Island. You can also find another review of the book at Booklovers and at Goodreads. Additionally, if you’d like to read more from J.L. Pattison, be sure to check out his blog here. Meanwhile, J.L. wins a congratulatory certificate featuring his book (which we will mail to him), an icon to use on his blog site and a prize from the libertopia store!
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