Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Big Water by Andrea Curtis || Historical shipwreck in a YA??!

Title: Big Water.
Author: Andrea Curtis.
My rating:  2/5 stars.
Release date: March 6, 2018.

Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much.
I’m going to have to do this on my own. If not for myself, then for him. If not for myself, then for the men I am ferrying to shore, for the relatives who will have a body, at least, to mourn. 
I do like historical fiction books, something about history fascinates me and, in this case, terrifies me at the same time. Big Water talks about the shipwreck of Asia, happened in 1882, in which the only survivors were two teenagers. 140 Passengers died, not to mention the crew. A tragedy.

If this is an historical, then where is all the atmosphere? The habits, the typical things that people used to do, dress, eat, think? Most historical fiction books offer spitting image of the time period in which they are set, but Big Water just doesn’t. At least not enough. After finish reading the book, I found myself not satisfied and desirous of knowing more about.

 The main struggle is: everything happens too fast. From the start to the end, it seemed to me that the book was in a hurry to desperately tell the story. My mum has always told me that things made too quickily don’t take anywhere. It’s better to take your time. I do think the author should have listened to this piece of advice. I love to get myself lost in a book, but it was all so fast that I could even get myself used to it.

 This problem is surely connected with the fact I was telling you, in the previous paragraph: the book is actually too short. I believe everything is so fast then! Maybe the author wanted to adapt the story to this short lenght? Like she decided to not to surpass a certain number of pages and then design story and characters without actually worrying about how many pages the whole thing should have had.

 I didn’t like the romance. It seemed too forced: just because two teenagers are left, it doesn’t mean they have to “fall in love” with each other. Actually, I would have prefered no romance in this book. Besides, the whole falling in love thing happened in 2 days. Okay, you two have shared such an horrible and life changing experience, but it doesn’t mean you have fallen in love.

 Another thing that brought me rating this book only two stars was the characters. Like the romance, they aren’t developed. I think we should all blame that damn decision about the lenght and events in general. We don’t see a lot of Daniel, most of all. I consider him a stranger, while about Christina I know something more or less.

 I wanted the presence of more emotions, I wanted to feel devastated after reading of such a tragedy, but I wasn’t. The way in which the death of those poor people is described didn’t do anything to me. Maybe it was because the way it’s described it’s poor and hurried. Almost like it wasn’t such a big deal. Maybe.

 Since the book is short, it could be the perfect historical fiction quick read. It didn’t bore me overall.

 Despite Daniel isn’t such a developed character, I found Chris to be more. The character development in which she goes through is great: after all, an experience like this can’t do anything to your person; it must shake and change you.

 I appreciated the choice of telling the story about this shipwreck. Before reading the book, I hadn’t even known that this actually happened. I liked the idea of bringing justice to the people who died and their relatives.

 I just loved the way the author wrote Christina and her twin brother’s bond. The way she handled the pain and grief for his death, the memories that occur in the novel made feel the situation real.

I’ve heard people say that when someone they love dies, they learn more about themselves, that they grow up somehow, even if they’re already adults. People even said it to me, as if it was something commonplace I should expect, like change from a quarter when you buy a newspaper on the street. They claimed death teaches a aperson something important about living. But the only thing I’ve learned through all of this, all this suffering, is that life is unfair.

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