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Theodore Taylor
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The Bomb

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  437 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
It is 1946, a year after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and World War II is over. But the U.S. government has decided that further tests of atomic bombs must be conducted. When Bikini Atoll is chosen for the testing site, the inhabitants of the tiny island are told they must relocate for just two years. But sixteen-year-old Sorry Rinamu believes the Americans are ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Hmh Books for Young Readers (first published October 31st 1995)
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This is the story of the A Bomb testing on the Bikini Atoll told from the perspective of a young man who grew up on the island. I have a on-going interest in reading about the social side of the atomic bomb in Japan and its effect on the people of Japan and the US. I was drawn to this book because of that interest and also because a friend spent 2 years in the Marshall Island (Bikini is one of the Marshalls) in the 1990s; her husband was part of a team testing the conditions on Bikini. She told ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay
Sep 03, 2013 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is not an easy book to read, although it is meant for teenagers. Taylor was present at Bikini Atoll for the first atomic bomb test and he says he found it really difficult to write about even after fifty years. You can see why as you follow the story of Sorry Rinamu, and his family, forced, with their whole village, off their home island, Bikini Atoll. Their attempts to stop being moved and then to prevent the bomb being dropped are heart wrenching.

The book is simply written, no sermons or
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 14, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought a used copy of this little novel from a store in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and within the first few pages I could hardly put it down! It's a very short yet powerful, gripping and emotional read that features a beautiful island tainted by modern science as nuclear war becomes a depressing reality. It takes place in Bikini Atoll, to be exact. The author's writing style was dramatic, fast-paced and simple yet emotional, and every character was complex and memorable.
Jun 07, 2016 Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book, The Bomb, by Theodore Taylor, readers get an intimate look at the impact nuclear testing had on the natives of the Bikini Atolls. In the Bikini Atolls, about 3,000 miles from Hawaii, Sorry Rinamu lives with his mother, sister, grandmother and grandfather on one of the many small islands that make up the Atoll. The island of Bikini consisted of the natives and the Japanese troops that lived there since the Atoll was under Japanese control during World War II. During the Japanese occ ...more
Emmett Turner
Jun 06, 2016 Emmett Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a scale of zero to five stars, I gave this book a solid four out of five. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it was an intriguing read for me. I was actually in Florida when I read this book, and the tropical weather and landscape of Florida, along with the great detail and observations of the book, I felt like I was on the shores of Bikini. The best part of the book by far was the theme. The message stand up for what you believe in and never back down rang true throughout he novel. This ...more
Mason Wolffis
Feb 28, 2016 Mason Wolffis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The dropping and testing of the atomic bomb is often thought of as a great leap in science and future warfare. What people don’t think about is all the people that had to suffer and die before the bomb could get to where it is today. This is what The Bomb is about, it is about a small village of people that lived on Bikini Island. The island is captured by the Japanese during world war two and later the Americans take it over. A while after the Americans take the island a mysterious ship shows u ...more
Sam Walters
May 26, 2014 Sam Walters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bomb by Theodore Taylor is a fictional book written in the 1940’s and 50‘s. It takes place after World War Two. The main character is a boy named Sorry that lives on Bikini Atoll.

The Island they live on is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In the beginning of the book the island is ruled by the Japanese. The natives on the island do not have much connection to the outside world so it is hard to tell what is going on during the war. Finally the U.S. takes over the island to make
Mia Chernoff
The Bomb by Theodore Taylor was set in the time period of the 1940's during and after World War II. Sorry the main character is smart, curious and determined. (p.135) He is curious because he always wants to know what is going on. The Bomb is about this family in Bikini Atoll and the United states wants to test nuclear bombs on the island after the war ended. " Painted the usual U.S. Navy gray, the ship sat out on the horizon, and curiosity among the islander grew by the minute." (p.84) The fam ...more
Brett Miller
In this book, a village lives on the island of Bikini. This island is ruled by the Japanese, and they treat the natives horribly. When the Americans save the natives from the Japanese, and now the island is under American rule. You would think that life would become better, but it doesn't. To find out what happens you will have to read this book. The character that I like the most is Sorry because he is very brave and never backs down from a challenge. Also, he is very responsible. If I were Sor ...more
Jan 12, 2014 Max rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy named Sorry who lives on and is native to Bikini Atoll in the year 1944. While he was on the Atoll the United States of America had found his Atoll to be a good place to test high yield nuclear weapons. His family as well as all of the other natives of the Atoll had no say in if they could test these nuclear weapons. Although near the beginning of the story the Japanese had taken over the Atoll because of the war that was going on, World War II. But the Americans had cam ...more
Rachel Rosati
Overall, I thought the book was a decent, quick read and was very interesting on the chemistry and history side of things, but it appeared poorly written. While reading this book I learned about what was going on in WWII with Japan and America as well as the advancements in nuclear technology during that time. On the other hand, the book had many mistakes which bothered me. It is a published book so I personally think that it should have correct grammar. In addition, the book also did not have m ...more
Avocado Songbird
The author does such a great job at painting a picture verbatim; very dramatic. I enjoyed reading this book.
Oscar Nellis
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Sep 13, 2014 Zora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-for-boys

In 1945, the author was part of the U.S. Naval force that went to prepare Bikini Atoll for a series of nuclear bomb tests. His job was to blow the holy hell out of coral reefs with conventional explosives to prepare for the bomb. Others relocated the indigenous Polynesian people from a place they were able to survive comfortably on fish and coconuts and minimal farming of taro, from their home for hundred of years. Problem is (you can read about this in the afterword to this book or over at Wik
Oct 27, 2008 Anish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The historical fiction novel, "The Bomb", is awesome. To begin with, the author did a spectacular job vividly describing Bikini Atoll, the setting of the novel. This helped me picture the island easier. In addition, this book contains a plethora of suspense, which allows to me keep reading. Additonally, through this book, I learned about many aspects of World War II. For instance, I learned how people that lived in islands off the Caost of California were treated. Also, I learned a whole lot abo ...more
Sep 14, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
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Nov 02, 2010 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 12 and up
Shelves: fiction-juvenile
Set in 1946 on Bikini Island, this book is the story of 16 year old Sorry Rinamu, a native boy on the island which is occupied by the Japanese at the beginning of the book. The U.S. Navy comes to the island and drives the Japanese off the island and then decide that it is the perfect place to test the power of the atomic bomb. Most of the villagers trust the Navy officers who ask the villagers to leave the island, promising that they will be able to return in two years, but Sorry learns about ra ...more
Mar 28, 2008 Troy811 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Troy Nordbrock

This is a great historical fiction book. The Bomb is one of Theodore Taylor's greatest books. If you are into history this book is for you. Sorry is the main character and lives on a small island called Bikini. The story tells about Sorry and his family during world war two when Japan was fighting America. I would recommend reading this book at an older age because some of the words are confusing. However I did like how the author wrote some words in Japanese. After t
missy jean
Nov 19, 2010 missy jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A YA fictionalized account of a grim chapter in American history: the atomic bomb. I'm glad someone has told this story for American young people. After the atomic bomb wreaked its havoc at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American military conducted a series of nuclear tests around Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands. In true colonial fashion, islanders were relocated and their ancestral home was decimated, and the islanders' descendants continue to experience health problems from the mass poisonin ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Mrs.Houck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moving story of the resettlement of Bikini Islanders after WWII so the US could test nuclear bombs on the atoll. The way of life of the islanders is told from the point of view of a 16 year old boy, Sorry, When his uncle returns to the island after being in the merchant marine, he educates Sorry about the outside world. Then comes the end of the war and the negotations and move to another island. The details of their way of life, what they gave up is all poignantly detailed. A thought-provoking ...more
Hunter Ideker
May 21, 2013 Hunter Ideker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bomb
Hunter Ideker

What will you do to save your ancestral home land? The book The Bomb a realistic fiction by Theodore Taylor is based in the early to late 1940’s. The main characters name is Sorry a fourteen year old Micronesian boy who was born and raised on the Bikini Atoll. Sorry’s lifelong dream is to visit Ailinkan or outside world.
The story line of The Bomb is that the Japanese have taken over the Atoll and are using it as a weather station. The Japanese have been abusing their stay b
Though natives had lived there for centuries, they came to realize that Japanese or American, their inherent rights meant nothing. This book is a fiction, but reading up on Bikini Atoll i seekthe obvious parallel in the real life of the indigenous natives of Bimini. the Americans were simply determined to use this site for its 5th A-bomb testing and coerced the natives into relocation. the care of the natives in an environment alien to them, with ancient enemies, on an island spurned as cursed b ...more
Apr 07, 2015 Dacia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bryson read this book in his English class. I didn't realize there was natives that they forced to move off the Bikini atoll so that we could test the atomic bombs. I love historical fiction but it wasn't that well written. Luckily it was a quick read and Bryson agreed that it was just okay. Interesting but just okay.
Jan 31, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about how the inhabitants of the beautiful Bikini Atoll were relocated so the government could do atomic bomb testing there after the bomb was dropped in Japan. It was interesting, but probably because it was a juvenile book, a little too simplistic for me. I think it would be great for kids to read, though.
Mar 08, 2011 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the author's note at the end of the book first. It's heartbreaking. He was there in 1945, in the navy, assigned to prep the island for the blast. He's writing this as almost a first hand account of what he saw. It's written from the point of view of Sorry, an island boy with little to no contact with the outside world due to the isolation of the particular atoll (Bikini) his Polynesian family/clan lives on. Along comes WWII, the Japanese, and finally the Americans, with the "request" that t ...more
May 30, 2016 Leeann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sobering book about might versus right. Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should. To me that is Theodore Taylor's point in writing this book. I like how the story is told through a fictional boy who represented the real inhabitants of Bikini and all that was lost.
Nov 12, 2015 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bomb by Theodore Taylor is a great book. It tells about a boy named Sorry living on Bikini Atoll tried to stop a atom bomb from the American navy. He represents the people living on the island who do not want to leave their home. The action taken by the US destroyed their homes and their lives. The ending is a bit sad but real. I began to be interested in American history by reading this book. It was surprised to know what happened in the past and what we can learn from the past. The writing ...more
Maggie Hodges
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Genre: Historical Fiction

Theme: Family, power struggle, military power

Cultures/Under-represented groups: Island (Bikini) natives, untold story of island residents who had to move as a result of nuclear bomb testing

Grade level/interest: 6/7 boys in particular

Not edgy. Lots of hardship and violence

Historical context of end of WWII/Cold War era. Different viewpoint.

Other: Interesting timeline aspect at the beginnin
Carlos Rodriguez
Mar 02, 2009 Carlos Rodriguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bomb is a good book placed in Bikini Atoll. It’s about a young boy trying to help his family and people of the island from the Japanese and American invaders. The book has great scenery of the Atoll and the characters come to life with there own personalities. This book is similar to watching part of a History Channel Episode about World War II. It has information about news and events that was happening before, after, and during the war. It tells a lot of information about the atomic bomb a ...more
Feb 19, 2010 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review on The Bomb

Written by: Theodore Taylor

This was a great book. It was like learning something from what you might already know. Sorry is the main character and he was afraid of attacks from the United States. He was afraid because of the United States attacking Japan, dropping bombs. It's like the World War II or something like that.

I wondered why Sorry felt so scared about the United States though.
To me, now the United States and Japan are like friends because they share most everything.
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