3 out of 4 stars
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The Seattle Express, a ship, catches fire in the Gulf of Alaska in the middle of winter. The captain, Steve, has the crew attempt to put the fire out, but after understanding that the fire is too much for them to handle, he orders to abandon ship. The crew is set adrift on lifeboats at the mercy of the angry seas, hoping to be rescued from their sure death by starvation and hypothermia. One member of the crew is William, Myra's father. When Myra discovers that her father is lost somewhere at sea, she does everything she can to find him, dead or alive. Will she find him? Will she be too late?
Adrift by Charlie Sheldon is the sequel to the book Strong Heart . Even though this is the sequel, it is also great as a standalone book because the author briefly summarizes what happened in the first book through characters' stories and when introducing characters that were also in the prequel. But I also suspect that there will be a third book because the author left the story unfinished.
This book, unlike the first one, was more plot-driven than character-driven. Each chapter, however, was named after one of the characters and told their side of the story. The narration switched between first-person and third-person depending on which character the chapter was about. I have to say, since this book was more plot-driven, it was difficult at times to switch perspectives with each chapter. Especially at the beginning of the book, when I reached a new chapter, I had to stop for a few seconds and remember who this character was and where his story left off. This was a bit distracting.
What I liked most about the book was learning about ships and the tug boat business. I didn't know anything about sea travel before this story and I actually looked up some of the terms used to describe places and things on the ship. Also, in this book, we learn more about Native American culture, for example, how they pray. What I liked least, however, was that this book didn't finish the story of the first book and also left its own cliffhanger, which makes me really want to read on to finish the story of both books.
I recommend this book to people who like Native American stories and stories at sea. Although this follows the book Strong Heart, which I really loved, I was expecting to absolutely love this book as well. Unfortunately, I found that this book took me a much longer time to get through because it moved very slowly and I was anticipating that it would finish the story of the first book. I was disappointed to find out that I have to wait even longer. This and the confusion I had with characters makes me rate the book a 3 out of 4. I found only a few minor errors in this book, so I can say that it was professionally edited. I hope the next book comes out soon so that I can find out what happens to the main characters.
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