4 out of 4 stars
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I remember the time when I wouldn't feel so frustrated because I was short of money. And it wasn't because I didn't know the value of money, but because I knew that I could eat and sleep well without it. Imagine yourself broke and desperate in the middle of a storm racing to rescue a cargo ship abandoned at sea after it caught fire. Adrift by Charlie Sheldon is the best sea adventure book I have read since Papillon by Henry Charrière. It glued me to my seat for hours on end.
What I liked most about the book is how the author weaved the chapters with the characters. Each chapter is named after its star character. This approach made the characters so whole, real and relatable. Moreover, it bolstered the story and added so much value and meaning to it. As a reader I was brought so close to the reality of the characters' struggles because the author made them so normal. You can actually understand why they behave and think the way they do. The description of the environment is so vivid and genuine. I believe there are some places that I may go or situations that I may encounter and remember this story.
If you look at the cover picture, you will be impressed. You can almost smell the sea. Now, the writing is so smooth you can almost taste it. I love adventures, and I feel that every individual should have at least one adventure in their lifetime. Therefore, I recommend this book to all those who like to have an adventure. The story has several side tales and each of them contributing so nicely to the main one. This kept the flow of the story very interesting for almost any book lover.
In all honesty, I wouldn't take away anything from the book. I liked everything about it. For me the story came as a lesson of struggle, faith, and will power. Drifting through the storm and battling ice-cold winds needed strong characters. The author developed them in a manner that I felt as if I knew them. To me they made sense. I really felt their pain all the way, as brothers or siblings would for each other.
There are tough situations that are not for the faint of heart though. Therefore, if you are afraid of death or near-death scenes, then please keep away from this one. After considering everything, I rate Adrift by Charlie Sheldon 4 out of 4 stars. Almost zero errors, perfect structuring, and uniquely engaging kind of writing require nothing less.
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