X-Isle, by Steve Augarde (David Fickling Books, 2010)

In a world where the rising tides have drowned much of civilization, people eke out a hardscrabble existence on the remaining dry land. One hope exists: X-Isle, a reputed safe haven which only takes young men willing to work hard. Ray and Baz, X-Isle’s newest inhabitants, discover the hellish truth: the leader is a religious fanatic, his underlings are sadists, and the only way out is death. If the boys of X-Isle can’t turn the tables on their captors, they’re all doomed. Mixing Lord of the Flies with a believable dystopian setting, this adventure rockets along powerfully to the bitter end.

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