This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran…

The Island at the End of Everything (2017)

by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
341472,346 (4)2



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 2 mentions

The Island at the End of Everything is about leprosy and lepidoptery (the study of butterflies). In 1906, twelve year old Amihan lives on Culion Island in the Philippines. Culion is already home to many who suffer from leprosy, like Ami’s mother, but the government has plans to change how Culion is run. The government official who introduces these new rules is lepidopterist who cares about his butterflies than the lives he tearing apart.

This is a story of loss and learning, family, freedom and friendship. It’s heartbreaking and horrifying and beautiful. Not a lot of books make me cry.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Victoria Fox, who also read The Girl of Ink & Stars. Fox has a lovely way of reading, but the audiobook doesn’t include the author’s note at the end. Or the glossary. Fortunately the library had the ebook too -- I wanted to know how much of the story was based on fact.

I think of our visit to Mr Zamora, of his fear, and, most of all, of the butterflies.
“Why does he keep them like that?” I ask on the day after our meeting.
“To make himself feel powerful,” says Nanay. “To make himself feel clever.”
“And because they are beautiful, maybe?”
“Do you think it is right to trap a thing because you think it is beautiful? To kill it? I love butterflies too, you know.” Nanay swallows. “Your ama planted flowers to bring them to our house. Two summers I saw them, just before the rains. They’d cover the house like leaves, like…” She scrunches up her face, trying to find the right word. “Like petals -- orange and blue and white. They stayed for a whole week one year. It was enough to see them for a few days alive. Better than seeing them for ever but dead.”
( )
  Herenya | Apr 10, 2018 |
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kiran Millwood Hargraveprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fox, VictoriaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

When the Phillipine government takes over Culion, an island for people with leprosy, Ami is put in an orphanage on another island, where she finds a friend willing to help her return before her mother dies.

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (4)
4 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 130,785,740 books! | Top bar: Always visible