4 out of 4 stars
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When a boat is adrift, it means that it’s floating without being moored or steered. Adrift by Charlie Sheldon is based on sea travel. It is also a story of survival.
It all starts at sea in a container ship. Captain Steve and his crew members realize that the ship is on fire. They try their best to resolve the situation, but the fire has already spread. Some crew members get hurt, and they give up and abandon the ship. They use two lifeboats to save themselves, but they get separated and lose radio contact. Captain Steve’s lifeboat leads them to a desert, and they have to find their way out. Myra's father, William, is aboard the container ship when it catches on fire. Myra gathers her friends to help her find her father. Larry and Louise, who are listening in on the ship’s distress broadcast, set out to find the ship. Their mission isn’t to save the crew but to get to the ship and claim it. They, however, have to beat their competition to it.
I like Captain Steve’s spirit the most. I feel a deep connection to him when he loses the ship and his crew members. He feels guilty for losing the ship, and he cares for his crew members. He is also ready to sink with his ship. I like how the author uses his character to demonstrate the characteristics of a good leader. I also love how the scenes flow. I’m not a fan of sea travel or stories about it, but I’m a fan of this story. It's written in a way that makes me enjoy reading about what happens aboard a ship. Now I know that lifeboats are essential, but they can be dangerous in bad weather. I also like reading about hope and perseverance.
The only thing I don't like about this book is the complex vocabulary. I don’t enjoy stopping to check words in the dictionary. The vocabulary is foreign to me because this is the only story about sea travel that I’ve read. Adrift is a stand-alone sequel to Strong Heart.
The book has no grammatical errors. It's worth reading, and it's inspiring. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to people who love the sea. Readers who like adventures on boats and ships will enjoy this story. Any person who is open to trying something new and captivating will enjoy this book.
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