The Sandcastle Empire Review

The Sandcastle Empire

By Kayla Olsen

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.

Olsen has such a way with words that I was entertained and intrigued during this entire book.

The story opens up introducing the main character, Eden, planning her escape. Instantly I was hooked and needing to read more. Each step of Eden’s journey bring new characters and new secrets and the realization of just how much Eden and her fellow citizens didn’t know about their world.

Olsen writes a unique story in a style that flows well and every moment keeps you on your toes eagerly awaiting to read about what will happen next.

I had the privilege of getting to meet Kayla Olsen at her launch of her second book The Splintered Silence. She was so sweet that I took a chance and got The Sandcastle Empire as well and I am so glad I did. I am excited to read The Splintered Silence soon and I will be watching for the next book this author writes.