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The Killing Sea

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  985 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Sarah is sailing with her family when a giant wave hits their boat, flinging the family apart. Her mother is killed, and alone with her younger brother, Sarah begins to search for their missing father.
Paperback, 185 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster
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Karen Ball
Sarah and Peter Bedford and their parents are sailing on a yacht in Indonesia in December 2004. The yacht has engine trouble, and they pull into Meulaboh, a small village near Aceh, where they meet Ruhlan. Ruhlan directs them to his father, Yusuf the mechanic, who fixes their engine. In the hours afterward, an earthquake strikes and the infamous monster tsunami hits Aceh and all of the surrounding villages (and continues on to devastate a vast portion of the region). Sarah and Peter's mother is ...more
Katie Boehmer
The Killing Sea is a great book that I would definitely recommend to others. In the beginning of the story, Sarah and her family are on vacation in Aceh, Indonesia. While they are there, a tsunami hits and their parents die. This is very upsetting for Sarah and Peter, but they know that they need to care for themselves and take care of each other. Then while Sarah and Peter are walking they meet Ruslan. Sarah did not notice at the time but Ruslan was the same boy that helped her dad with their ...more
Nitya Jacob
The novel "The Killing Sea" is about a boy named Ruslan and a girl named Sarah working together to get her sick brother, Peter to a help when a major tsunami strikes Aceh, Indonesia. While Sarah and Ruslan don't really know each other, they get to know each other as they save Peter from an up-turned boat, get shot at by rebels as they drive through a swamp, and try to rush Peter to the hospital. I was very intigued at how powerful this natural disasteer! THe characters, a teenage girl, a younger ...more
Zachary Viola27973
The Killing Sea was a fantastic book.It always had me on the edge of my seat during every chapter.It is filled with suspense and non-stop action.For example,the character's stumble into all kinds of problems.It starts with the tsunami,but then it gets worse for all of the people.The writing for this book was well done and descriptive.The strengths for this book would probably be all of the problems and drama.Although,at the end of most of the chapters,it sort of repeats the same ending.It's also ...more
Alison
This is a young adult novel and a story about the Tsunami that hit Indonesia in Dec 2004. The novel, based mainly on reports from survivors, follows A young American girl (Sarah) and her younger brother (Peter), his found cat (surf-cat) and a young Indonesia boy (Ruslan) who were all survivors of the Tsunami. Ruslan, the Indonesian boy is searching for his father, and the two Americans after having been separated from their parents are in search of medical attention for the younger brother. On t ...more
Alec Maddox
This book was awesome. I am so glad I read it. The only reason I read it at first was for my English class. But by the end I was reading it because I enjoyed it. This book has a little bit of it all. Death, violence, love, you name it and its probably in here. What made it good was the sense of being unsure all throughout the book. Weather it was screaming at you or just in the back of your mind. I love reading books that are based on real events. That might be why I enjoy it so much. You should ...more
Jeremy Brandow
I really enjoyed this book, except for all of the sappy stuff. I enjoyed the fact that one of the main characters, Sarah, is a brat at first, but then after the tsunami she isn't. Oh, by the way, this book is about a tsunami, just so you know... Like I said, there is a lot of sappy stuff, and towards the end, I just didn't care anymore. The last 1/4 of the book was just them about to find their parents and being safe. It was TOTALLY predictable and just sort of boring.
Other than that this book
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James
I didn't think that it was that good. It just felt like other stories one of the kids arguing with the parents over little things, not to mention that Ruslan's mom is dead. There always seems to be a dead parent these days somewhere in the book whether it was natural or a bad disaster. I just think nowadays it's less common to have two parents in perfect health. Also it becomes another character against nature book. The American family go through a pretty life changing experience. Remember what ...more
Kat
I’d been looking for a book set around the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami for a long time when I came across The Killing Sea. It was an event that had huge global impact and I’m always drawn to stories about natural disasters. It was also particularly important to Australia, as many of the affected areas where full of Australian holidaymakers.

Ruslan is the son of a local mechanic, and dreams of being an artist. His father has always encouraged him to follow his dreams, and when he meets Sarah and her f
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Kevyn
Sarah, Peter and their father are on a holiday vacation in a tropical country called Sumatra. Like many tourists on vacation they thought, "What could go wrong?" EVERYTHING. Sarah, and her family are boating off the shore of Sumatra when Peter notices the water and the beach has moved so far back it is exposing coral reefs and leaving fish flopping around on the wet sand. Plants that were once completely submerged under water were exposed, flopped over and wilted and a school of minnows flopped ...more
Laurie
Sep 21, 2008 Laurie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in reading a novel about very real events in the world
Book Talk over The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis

Sarah and her family are vacationing in Aceh, Indonesia. Sarah is in her early teens and her attitude shows it. Not wanting to follow the local customs, Sarah throws a fit when her mother asks her to put on her scarf. She throws the scarf on her head and comments that if the locals are offended it’s not her fault, she’s not a local, she’s an American. Sarah hated and loved going into town because the people stared at her; her blond hair and blue eye
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A&E
I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could.

This is a compelling story that follows two kids struggling to survive and find family and safety during the aftermath of a massive tidal wave.

It's written by someone who should know. Richard Lewis lives in Indonesia, experienced the 2004 tsunami firsthand and worked as a relief worker in the days and weeks following the tidal wave.

Sarah is spending Christmas sailing around Indonesia with her parents, brother, and a mangy cat they found in a gutter called Surf
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Burgandy Ice
"My Review" is actually Dash's Review by Interview:

Who was the main person?

There was two, no three: Peter, Sarah and Ruslan.

What did they do?

At the beginning, the Tsunami came by. The rest of the book they were trying to find their dad. Ruslan is not with Peter and Sarah. Peter and Sarah were trying to find their dad, but Ruslan did find his father.

Was that sad?

Well, they know where he was, though. Because they were on the same island and their dad came up and said, “go to the village” and they
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Sandra Stiles
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2006
Pages: 183
Source: I purchased
ISBN: 978-4169-1165-4

The Killing Sea is the story of Ruslan, Sarah and Peter who fight to survive the Tsunami that hit Indonesia December 26, 2004. Ruslan is a young boy who lives in the small harbor town of Meulaboh, Indonesia with his father. Sarah and Peter are Americans who have stopped in Aceh to have their sailboat motor fixed by Ruslan’s father. This is their first meeting. The next time they will meet will be under differe
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Isha J.
The Killing Sea
Richard Lewis
183 Pages
Adventurous

In the novel, the killing sea, Sarah and her family are on vacation in Aceh, Indonesia. While they are there, a tsunami hits and their mom dies. She was found died on the beach but they din't find their dad. This is very hard on for Sarah and Peter, but they knew they would have to take care of each other. Later on while Sarah and Peter are walking they meet Ruslan. After several days of walking, Peter starts to feel very sick. This concerned Sarah
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Brandon Folio
This book is about an Indonesian boy named Ruslan, and an American girl named Sarah and a huge tsunami that would change their lives forever. In this book a tsunami hits a large Indonesian town and kills thousands of people. Ruslan is separated from his father and sets on a journey to find him and hopefully we will be alive. At the same time an American girl named Sarah and her brother are separated from her parents who were killed in the tsunami. The day after the tsunami Sarah's brother became ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Mike for TeensReadToo.com

THE KILLING SEA is a thrilling book that talks about a tsunami hitting the coast of Indonesia. There are three main characters involved in this fictionalized account: Ruslan, who is an Indonesian, and Sarah and Steve, who are Americans that are visiting the country.

Sarah's and Steve's mom and dad asked to see Ruslan's dad to repair their boat that they needed to have fixed. Ruslan doesn't have a mother because she died a few years ago so he has to work. His
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Evan B.
If you've been reading my previous reviews, you know that I tend to read books of the sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian genres. I decided to read a realistic-fiction book, and ended up choosing The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis. It wasn't too far from my favorite books though because of the adventure and suspense instead of the typical, bland realistic fiction book where everyone is happy.The Killing Sea was packed with action the whole way through and Lewis used great language to keep me enticed ...more
7chirag
I thought that the Kiing Sea was a reaalygood novel that well described the life and the hardships that had occurred after the tsunami and earthquake had hit Japan. I also think that the author represented his characters very well and gave each character a good personality to thereaders ideaof the character. Ialso think the author did a good job of creating a change in all of the characters lives because of the natural disasters that had taken place. I personally like the change that Ruslan and ...more
Mary
Two protagonists give us the story in The Killing Sea: Ruslan, a local Indonesian boy who works at a small beachside cafe in the town of Meulaboh; and Sarah, a teenager sailing with her family through the Indonesian islands over the Christmas holiday. The two meet briefly when Sarah's family anchors their sailboat near the cafe, looking for a mechanic to fix their engine. Ruslan (whose mechanic father ultimately fixes the engine) is captivated by Sarah's blue eyes. A budding artist, he returns h ...more
Sebastian Castellanos
This book takes place in Aceh, Indonesia. The main characters are an Indonesian boy named Ruslan and an American girl named Sarah. The story is about a Tsunami that hit on December 2004. It has a lot of graphic descriptions of what's going on. It's definitely interesting. My favorite thing about this book was that at the beginning Sarah starts out as a brat, but near the end she is no longer a brat. I just like how it shows how people can change. If you like reading about real events, you will d ...more
1srivastava_vikram
Wow! This was a great book from a new author to my reading bookshelf. Richard Lewis wrote a touching book about a tsunami starring two teenagers, whose paths cross while finding care and safety for loved ones. I think the story of Ruslan and Sarah really brought an element of relativity to the book, as most people would hate to see a family member dead or missing. Again, a great book.
Timmy Huo
I think Peter is a very obedient, nice, and caring kid. One example is in the text it said,"You do it. Try to radio for help. And get some food and water.He frowned. "Come on Peter, please. You know i am afraid of heights. And Dad might be on board. The frown vanished. "Here take Surf Cat" (54). This is showing that Peter had to go get the supplies instead of his sister since she was afraid of heights and he didn't really complained about it but just gave a frown. Another example is "What do you ...more
Anthony Herrera27812
I really enjoyed this book. The novel is based off an actual tsunami that happened in Indonesia. The book is very detailed and suspenseful. The writing is very powerful. This book, in my opinion, didn't have any weaknesses. My favorite part was when Ruslan found his dad after the tsunami. I really think that the audience will really enjoy this book too.
Cornmaven
I thought this was an excellent book in terms of a story as well as a connection to a real event. The story was inspired by the Dec 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, written by a guy who was in the area at the time and worked with the relief agencies. So from that standpoint a lot of the descriptive factual stuff should be pretty accurate.
The story revolves around one Aceh native who survives and begins his search for his father, and two American kids on vacation who survive and are searching for medic
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Karan
The killing sea was interesting because it is an adventure book, and I enjoy adventure stories.This story is about a tsunami that strikes and tragedy that causes great loss of life. Ruslan is an artist. He believes that an artist bravely she the truth of things. His father name is Yusuf, the mechanic. Ruslan looking for his missing father. Ruslan usually spent most his father in the garage the have a job at the cafe in the town of meulaboh.
who left coastal home because of the storm. Sarah family
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Tatum Bork
Sarah and her family go visit Aceh for vacation. They meet a teenage boy named Ruslan and his farther who fixes there boat. After Sarah's family left the landed on a island a earthquake hit the island and a awful tsunami hit them and Aceh. Ruslal was wondering about the girl he met. He was at home of the time of the earthquake. When he left home he knew that something bad was about to happen. He started running away from the shor and try to get to high ground. If you want to know what happens to ...more
Jeanne
Now I don't know why anyone would choose to read a book about the 2004 Tsunami, especially one targeted to the teen market, but that's what they pay me to do and this book hits its mark. Teens are entranced with disasters and this story told from the perspective of a teen is riveting.

Yes people die, that's what happens with massive flooding. However the love between parent and child is strong and teens are capable of tremendous courage and strength when put to the test. Though this is a work of
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Susan
This novel is set in Indonesia at the time of tje 2004 tsunami. The story is told from the point of view of an Indonesian boy who has spent his life in Aceh and an American girl who is an unwilling tourist to the area. Both are caught up in the tsunami, and have missing parents from the tsunami. Though their paths have crossed early, it was in passing. The boy remembered the girl with the blue eyes, but she didn't remember him or his father. They have to rely on each other and the kindness of ot ...more
Malia Stewart
The killing sea was amazing! I LOVE adventure, historic fictions, a little romance. It had it all. I wish there were more. Or that it had a sequel. Overall, I love it all!
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