Good Reading : March 2016
GOOD READING MARCH 2016 39 Wildlight Robyn Mundy After the death of her twin brother, Stephanie West is exiled with her parents to remote Maatsuyker Island – off the south coast of Tasmania – to become caretakers of Australia’s most southerly lighthouse. Without television or mobile reception, Stephanie is stranded from civilisation until she meets Tom Forrest, a deckhand on a crayfishing boat. The two quickly fall in love, saving Stephanie from loneliness, but they are unable to save each other from life in the wilderness. Wild storms and unpredictable weather create original complications for Stephanie and Tom’s love, enabling the story to veer away from the clichés of young adult romance. The description is brought to life with the youthful narration of Stephanie and Tom, captur ing the unique problems that the wilderness presents to those attempting to live modern lives, such as non-functioning GPS devices. Robyn Mundy’s writing is enticing and beautiful, but the structure of Wildlight is unfulfilling. The story is divided into two parts: the first part is set in 1999, when most of the story takes place, and the second part is set in 2015. This flash-forward at the end of the novel seemed unnecessary, as it lost all the pacing built in the first part and did not resolve any of the complications left after the climax. The setting of the story nonetheless compensates for this weakness in structure. It was refreshing to read a young adult romance not set in a high school. An engaging read. ★★★ Picador $32.99 Reviewed by Emma Stubley Wildlight Robyn Mundy Aparents to remote Maatsuyker Island – off the south coast of Tasmania – to become caretakers of Australia’s most southerly lighthouse. Without television or mobile reception, Stephanie is stranded from civilisation until she meets Tom Forrest, a GENERAL FICTION AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR About Robyn Mundy Robyn Mundy loves to travel to far-flung places, especially if they are cold. She works seasonally for a travel company as an assistant expedition leader on eco-tours to Antarctica, the Arctic, Alaska and the far north of Scotland. In 2010 and 2011 she spent four months living on Maatsuyker Island off the south-west coast of Tasmania.