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The Bomb

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  344 ratings  ·  46 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 Harcourt Brace and Company (first published October 31st 1995)
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Diane
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
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
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Sam Walters
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
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Max
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
Oscar Nellis
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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
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Anish
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
Erin
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Sandy
Nov 02, 2010 Sandy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Troy Nordbrock
3/28/08
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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
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missy ward-lambert
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
Hunter Ideker
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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
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Charlie
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
Pat
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
Carlos Rodriguez
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
Kenny
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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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Kevin
The story of the native people of the Bikini atoll who were displaced by the U.S. government for testing of the nuclear bomb after World War II. It was a fictional account, but written by a man who served in the navy at Bikini. I want to read up on what actually happened, but it doesn't sound like an encouraging story.
Megan
Mar 05, 2008 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: book-reports
This book tells a good story about a young boy trying to protect the island where he lives. The Americans want to test out the atomic bomb on his island, the islanders know very little about this bomb and agree to let them use their island. Sorry and his uncle are determined to save the island before the Americans go about destroying it. As each day goes by, Sorry realizes his life once known on this island will never be the same. This is a good book for adventures and a very realistic story. Pe ...more
B-sand
The Bomb is kind of a different story, because things you wouldn't exactly expect to happen, do happen. I can't get too far without revealing the end of the book, but the story takes twists and turns that still keep you on your toes. Thedore Taylor must have a thing for stories that occur on islands, and he's mastered his craft. The Bomb really appealed to me because I'm a huge history buff and I just love to read books. The Bomb I feel is a good, but not a great, book, solely because it wasn't ...more
Camden M
I wouod title it The tale of Bikkini Atoll. And it would be about how they tested the Atomic Bomb there.
Chuck
This is a "Trail of Tears" type book but not about the Native American population. This book fictionalizes the removal of the native Polynesian people from Bikini Atol following World War II in order for this country to experiment with nuclear weapons tests. The author spent time at Bikini Atol during his stay in the Navy and obviously has strong feelings about the treatment of the native population at the time of the tests. The book is directed toward young adults and consequently is simplistic ...more
Christina
I usually read historical fiction books about World War Two and the Holocaust. I decided to read a historical fiction book based on another topic: how the U.S. Government chose the Bikini Atoll as its testing site for atomic bombs. There are two men, Sorry and his Uncle Abraham, who do whatever it takes to stop the first atomic bomb from being dropped....Read this book to find out if Sorry and Abraham's protests will save the Bikini Atoll and the people who live there.

Highly recommended! I can
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Esmeralda
Oh man, I remember reading this in middle school. Well, vaguely remember with a hint of sadness lurking around. This book was a bit of a downer, and I think someone dies. I should go back and read this to see what this book was all about again, but I'd rather not. Long story short, the U.S. ends up bombing the island and its incredible toxins infect everything and they stay embedded within the land for a very, very long time. Tis indeed a tragic story.
Sue
This was touching and thought-provoking as it described the inhabitants of Bikini Atoll and their forcible removal by the US Gov't so that their home could be used for atomic tests after WWII. Each chapter began with a factual paragraph about the atomic bomb and the operation that juxtaposed nicely with the story of the Bikinians' misunderstandings and denials of what was happening to them. The final chapter teems with courage.
Sarah
About page 122, I started to get suspicious and read the end. And it was horrifying. This is something that I knew nothing about, and now I desperately want to know more - that the author was there was obvious - his treatment of the subject was incredibly powerful. A must read - not my favorite book in terms of the writing, but so, so important that we know and understand and think about -
Nick
Oct 24, 2007 Nick rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young 'uns
I bought a copy of this tragic young adult book about the Bikini Islands atomic bomb tests in a used bookstore in Bennington, VT. While I was browsing, I could hear the proprietor having a complicated argument/discussion with a young man. Someone later told me the young man was autistic. Anyway, this is a fine, angry little piece of humanist historical fiction.
Jeannie
Fictionalized account of our governments testing on Bikini Atoll and how they stole the land and displaced people for their own agenda. The more of these books I read the more I distrust my government. This was so wrong to do to such a gentle and peaceful people. They did not deserve to be treated in this manner. This book just broke my heart.
Margie
A story about what happened on Bikini Island during the war. Facts are listed at the beginning of each chapter to help the reader see the factual pieces of this story even though this story is fiction. The author witnessed what happened there and had to write something about it. I know some boys who would really enjoy this book.
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