The Castaways

Genre: Action Adventure, Children, Fantasy, General Fiction, Romantic Suspense Thriller, Young Adult

Book Summary

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.

Renowned for its infamous corn maze… and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.

Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.


5 stars: "A page-turning fantastical mystery with heartfelt characters." -Julie Cross, NYT bestselling author of Tempest

5 stars: "A gripping story that held me until the final page!" -Brenda Drake, NYT bestselling author of Thief of Lies

5 stars: "This book was a YA version of Lost, in all the best ways - a mysterious island with a "brain" of its own, characters with compelling backstories, infighting among different factions of those who landed there under mysterious circumstances - yep, I loved it!!" -Jen Malone, author of Wanderlost

5 stars: "Oh my gosh, this book. I'm not sure what I expected, but it chewed up all my feelings and was so, so, so good! [...] A fantastic, exciting, romantic read -- and get your tissues for the last few chapters!" -Gail Nall, author of Exit Stage Left

5 stars: "What a great read! Amazing imagery and character descriptions, who, by the way, are impossible to not fall in love with." -Gwen Cole, Cold Summer

5 stars: "Full of vivid island imagery and characters who will grab your heart, and a knockout concept, make this an absorbing read." -K.L. Hallam, author of The Unmoving Sky

5 stars: "The Castaways is a fast-paced, wholly original fantasy that reminded me of a YA Lost. And I say that as a Lost super-fan who never missed an episode!" -Jennifer Fenn, author of Flight Risk

5 stars: "It's a little bit Lord of the Flies and a little bit Peter Pan--but really a unique story all its own!" -Amanda Searcy, author of The Truth Beneath the Lies

About the Author

Jessika Fleck is an author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her YA debut, THE CASTAWAYS (Entangled TEEN), is now available. Her next YA novel, BEWARE THE NIGHT (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) releases March 12, 2019. More at

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