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Silver: Return to Treasure Island (Return to Treasure Island #1)

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  854 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
A rip-roaring sequel to Treasure Island—Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved classic—about two young friends and their high-seas adventure with dangerous pirates and long-lost treasure.
It's almost forty years after the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island:  Jim Hawkins now runs an inn called the Hispaniola on the English coast with his son, Jim, and Long John
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Crown (first published March 15th 2012)
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Michaela Yes, because a recap of Treasure Island is given by the main character. The recap is tied in well and isn't like reading a sparknotes summary.

Yes, because a recap of Treasure Island is given by the main character. The recap is tied in well and isn't like reading a sparknotes summary.

Even though you can read this without reading Treasure Island, it is probably better to read Treasure Island first. Silver has a lot of parallels with TI and Motion's writing style can be better appreciated if one can see that it is surprisingly similar to TI. (less)

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Silver is a sequel to the famous Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island, which I read many years ago. Even more, I enjoyed the Muppets version of the film immensely, however that is a separate issue. As far as sequels of classic novels go, typically I am not a fan. Usually, they are glorified fan fiction works - a poorly written attempt to relive the glory of enjoying and loving a previous novel.

This novel, however, was far more than just a higher quality of fan fiction. It was a work all
May 24, 2012 Kara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 out of 5

Ahoy, mateys! For a split second, I thought about posting this entire review in seafarin' hearty talk (aka pirate speak), but I quickly came to my senses. You couldn't blame me, though, if I did, because for the past few days I've been on a rollicking adventure across (one) of the Seven Seas in search of booty...err...treasure. Translation: I've been reading Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion.

A sequel of sorts, Silver takes place some 40 years aft
Luanne Ollivier
Jun 12, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Spicer was 'my' librarian when I was young. Her dark dresses, severe bun and black glasses gave her a stern air which definitely deterred anyone from running and talking loudly in the library. But, it was she who fed and fostered my love of reading. I always asked her what I should read next. To her credit, she never, ever brushed me off. One summer she decided I would read the classics - Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island and more. It was the sense of adventure, the un ...more
Tom Vater
Sep 27, 2012 Tom Vater rated it did not like it
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Dudley Namoins
Mar 20, 2017 Dudley Namoins rated it really liked it
I guess I'm in the minority in thinking this book was great but whatever. I did think it great just like I like a lot of well-done sequels. Sure, Motion is RL Stevenson but he's no slouch either.
Aug 12, 2015 Simon marked it as unfinished
Shelves: fiction
This should be a rip-roaring adventure, but it's gotten off to a slow and ponderous start and after almost a hundred pages, I think I'm going to maroon it on an island somewhere.
This was a very interesting sequel to "Treasure Island" - not unique in that - I have seen one which follows LJS's retirement on Madagascar. Having left some pirates and silver on the island it makes sense that somebody would return for the treasure but daft not to have prepared to fight for it by remembering to bring some decent weapons and a few Marines rather than the author of the original tale. Jim Hawkins' son and Old Barbecue's daughter make an unlikely pairing, especially as Natty is dis ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Carly rated it liked it
**edited 11/28/13

Silver is a cute and very close-to-canon continuation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. If you check it out on audio, it is narrated by none other than David Tennant, alias The Tenth Doctor from the TV programme Doctor Who.

According to the story, Jim Hawkins of Treasure Island fame got his treasure, bought an inn, and settled down to what turned out to be very short-lived wedded bliss. His son, also Jim, who I will refer to as Jim#2 (although as far as I recall he's
Martin Belcher
Mar 15, 2012 Martin Belcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
The original Treasure Island is one of my favourite books and one which I read a couple of times when I was a little boy and has stayed with me all my life (I think it's why I love Pirates of the Carribbean so much!). I was very excited when I heard that Andrew Motion was writing a sequel to Treasure Island! I had to go out and buy a copy as soon as it was released.
I haven't been disappointed with "Silver - The Return to Treasure Island" it's set quite a few years on from the original and begins
Shona Mackintosh
I was a little disappointed with this book to be honest. It's not that it wasn't beautifully written, it's just that it was a lot less exciting than I remember Treasure Island being. I suspect if I'd read more of Andrew Motion's work, I might have a different opinion, but coming to the book as a fan of Treasure Island, the characters just felt a bit weak to me.
I kept waiting for the darker side to kick in, for betrayal and plotting, for the characters to grow up or change, but it was all in a r
Yay I finally finished this! Not even David Tennant as narrator can save this bland story, but because of him I can't bear to give it just the one star it really deserves.
Mar 03, 2014 Sheri rated it it was ok
I should know better. Really, I should never expect any sequel (especially written hundreds of years later by a separate author) to be very good. I'm busy scratching my head this morning over how to God this book ended up on my to-reads.

Anyhow, there are lots and lots of problems with this book, but I shall only highlight a few of them. The most egregious was the 40 years span between ending of TI and beginning of Silver. I do not understand why this was necessary. From the start, I was horrifie
D.L. Morrese
Oct 25, 2012 D.L. Morrese rated it really liked it
A sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island? Really? When I saw this on the shelf at my local library, I thought it takes a pretty competent and gutsy writer to try that. Well, why not? I picked it up, took it home, and read it over the course of the last few evenings. This is what I thought about it.
I won’t try to compare this novel to Treasure Island. It’s been years since I’ve read Stevenson’s classic adventure tale of pirates and buried treasure. This is perhaps just as well since t
William Stanger
May 25, 2012 William Stanger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but was excited to read it all the same. The story begins in 1802, 40 years after the events depicted in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and concerns a return to the island to attempt to locate the treasure that had been left behind. The main characters are the young offspring of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins (jr) and Natty Silver. There are many references along the way to characters and events from the original story ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Morwen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _read-2015, adventure
Lange habe icht nicht mehr ein so überflüssiges, ärgerliches, rundheraus schlechtes Buch gelesen! Im Buchladen sah es verlockend aus, die Idee klang vielversprechend: eine Fortschreibung der Schatzinsel, Sohn und Tochter von Jim Hawkins und Long John Silver kehren noch einmal zurück, um den Rest des Schatzes zu bergen. Warum nicht?

Aber das Ergebnis ist einfach nur grottig. Der Plot: in allen Details hanebüchen, unlogisch und absurd. Die Personen: Pappfiguren, die an den Fäden des Autors hierhin
Nov 21, 2012 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun light read, captures tone of Stevenson's Treasure Island. Having one of the main characters be female, even though disguised, doesn't seem like something Stevenson would do, but it does allow for the love interest and appeals to today's readership. It's certainly something I would have dearly liked to read back in Gr. 7--all those swashbuckling adventures never had female main characters, and the historical fiction I liked always had titles like "He [never She] Went With Marco Polo (or Vasco ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Ally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
So. There are those who will accuse me of only reading this because the audiobook is read by David Tennant, and I could listen to that man read to me for YEARS. This is true. But more true is the fact that THERE ARE PIRATES! And man, do I love pirates.

This is a really good story, and the language is similar to the original Treasure Island, which is awesome. I'm giving it 3 stars for two reasons: One, it's a bit heavy on morality, which, while it suits the language of the book, is still kind of a
May 30, 2015 Michaela rated it liked it
Motion has done a great job in writing this sequel because of all the parallels this story has to Treasure Island (both in events and organization). His descriptions are clearly well thought out because they are in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson. Motion was able to write in a way that did not betray him as a 21st century writer. At the same time, the story is still very readable even to those that do not normally read classics as old as Treasure Island.

My criticism of this story is that Jim
Selah (abibliophilesstyle)
The 3rd star is for David Tennant's brilliant narration. The book itself is slow (how can a pirate adventure move SO slowly?), preachy (yes, modern people know slavery is horrible, but would the white characters in this book?), and badly researched as a sequel to Treasure Island. Motion states that Billy Bones was at the Admiral Benbow for a week before Black Dog found him, when it's clearly much longer (several months). He also describes Long John Silver as having a peg leg, but Silver actually ...more
A very nicely done sequel to "Treasure Island", one of my all-time favorite books, written in the style of the original's author Robert Louis Stevenson. I particularly like how there were so many lines used in this book that were pretty much direct quotes from "Treasure Island" as well as many scenes and characters that brought me back to chapters in that book.
Aug 10, 2012 Bettie☯ marked it as wish-list
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Wanda
Wait for price to come down
Order the hardback - cover love
Kater Cheek
Mar 18, 2017 Kater Cheek rated it liked it
There are two kinds of classic novels. One is the kind you're hit over the head with in high school, (or forced to read it a few years too early, if you went to an aggressively academic school), and as an adult, if you remember the book at all, you don't do so with fondness. (Looking at you, Dickens and Hemingway.) Then there are classic novels like Treasure Island, which have stuck around because they are just that good. If you haven't read Treasure Island, you should. Everything you think you ...more
Alan Ferguson
Feb 01, 2016 Alan Ferguson rated it liked it
A disappointing sequel to a much-loved masterpiece of adventure fiction.

A reviewer has described Silver as a ‘rollicking good yarn’. Well, my yarn remained stubbornly unrollicked. This novel is billed as a sequel to Treasure Island, making comparisons with the original novel inevitable, so it’s worth considering the factors that make Robert Louis Stevenson’s book such a masterpiece of narrative prose: beguiling characterisations, brisk action, an intriguing and eventful plot and spiky, earthy, n
50 a year
Nov 08, 2016 50 a year rated it liked it
A pretty good adventure story, with a good amount of action. Not entirely my style of story, but very well-written and accomplished.
Zohar -
Aug 20, 2012 Zohar - rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion is the novel which continues the adventures of the son of Jim Hawkins, protagonist of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Stevenson’s book was originally published in 1883 and is considered a classic which has influenced many authors, readers and adventure seekers alike.

Jim Hawkins the son grew up in “an atmosphere stained by melancholy” after his mother’s death. His father used his proceeds from the treasure he found 30 years earlier to s
Aug 21, 2012 Marcie rated it really liked it
Okay, I've never read Treasure Island. There I said it. However my son did go through a pirate phase, and I've watched many film versions of it from Muppet Treasure Island to the Treasure Island filmed in 1950. I felt fairly comfortable with the story line of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson that I would be able to read Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion with no problems. Before I get started though I should warn you that I won't be comparing Motion to Stevenson since I ...more
Alex Roma
Aug 11, 2016 Alex Roma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure I really wanted a Treasure Island sequel, especially one that conveniently threw Jim's son and Silver's daughter together on pretty much the same trip that Silver and Jim went on and would probably necessitate a contrived romantic subplot. But I got this book for a dollar and the cover was pretty so why not? I expected it to be pretty cheesy, which it was. I expected it to be kind of embarrassing, which it was at points (one of the crew members is literally a Scottish guy named Mr. ...more
Nov 05, 2016 Shaitanah rated it it was ok
I admit: the only reason I got through this book was David Tennant who narrated the audiobook version. Actually, that's the only reason I even picked this novel up, since I am generally opposed to modern sequels to classic literature. I loved the language in this one; it was rich and harkened back to the original Treasure Island, and some of the descriptions were wonderful (like the storm scene). But the characters were so flat and the plot so dull and the ending came completely out of nowhere ( ...more
Emily Morris
Oct 25, 2013 Emily Morris rated it really liked it
I am happy to say that "Treasure Island" is one of my all-time favorite stories. Though "Silver" is the first sequel I have ever read, I'm thinking they might be worthy reading if they are as good as this one. "Silver" is written with the appropriate style (thanks to Andrew Motion's impressively scholary background) and it does not take much for one to sink back into the world of Treasure Island.

The story revolves around Jim Hawkins' son, the second Jim Hawkins. He's an ordinary young lad, the q
Jan 10, 2014 Andrew rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
the original treasure island by Robert Louis Stevenson was a book that I read only recently despite owning a battered copy as a child...I couldn't understand when I digested that novel as an adult why I hadn't read it before it being a compelling quick read with stellar characterisation...non more so than the depiction of John silver a complex anti hero who gave the book something extra..a tough book for anyone to attempt a sequel too then..and I think this book acts as proof to that statement.
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Sir Andrew Motion, FRSL (born 26 October 1952) is an English poet, novelist and biographer, who presided as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009.

Motion was appointed Poet Laureate on 1 May 1999, following the death of Ted Hughes, the previous incumbent. The Nobel Prize-winning Northern Irish poet and translator Seamus Heaney had ruled himself out for the post. Breaking with the tr
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