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The Killing Sea

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,655 Ratings  ·  196 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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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
Karen Ball
Aug 17, 2016 Karen Ball rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2012 Katie Boehmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Yuji Yamada
Dec 07, 2016 Yuji Yamada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emmett L
Sep 22, 2016 Emmett L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Killing Sea is a great book. It combines the points of view of two teenagers that got caught by the tsunami. One of them is Sarah, an American girl on a sail boating vacation with her family. The other one Ruslan is a native of Aceh, the town that got the worst of the tsunami. I would recommend this book to people who like lots of action.
YJin C
May 31, 2015 YJin C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Being one of my favorite novels, I reread Lewis Richard’s, “The Killing Sea.” This novel was created by the author based on the Tsunami that took place in Aceh (Indonesia) on December 26, 2004. During that disaster, Lewis Richard was actually working as a relief worker in ache. Then after two years, in 2006 he created this novel.

The main story of this novel focuses on two main character Ruslan and Sarah in the aftermath of the Tsunami. In this novel, Ruslan is introduced as an Indonesian boy who
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
Changjun Kim
I rated this book 5 out of 3 because although I think the story line was fun I thought it could have been more realistic because there wasn't a lot of emotion in the book. For example when Sarah was burying her mom I felt like that was fake. No human being would have that little emotion when they were burying their own mom. The other parts of the books were pretty realistic though. Of how Sarah and Peter care for each other and how Sarah and Ruslan fell in love so overall I thought it was okay b ...more
Max Rabey
Oct 31, 2016 Max Rabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis, is a survival story that takes place on Tiger Island, Indonesia. The theme of this book is determination of getting what you need in a survival situation. After a tsunami destroys Tiger Island, the three main characters Sarah, her younger brother Peter and their friend Ruslan struggle to get to a mainland where there is food, water and health care. The most scary scene is when the tsunami hits and all the villagers run as fast as they could away from it. The mai ...more
This book was pretty interesting during the tsunami, although in some parts it did get a little boring. Overall, this was a well written book and if you are interested in survival books, I would recommend this book for you.
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Jan 10, 2017 Vladimir Putins cool uncle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Im Trash
I liked it
The Ending was teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrribbbbbbbbbbbble
Jan 09, 2017 Cole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was ok
Jan 12, 2017 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 21, 2008 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 19, 2009 A&E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2007 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brian Choi

One really important aspect of the story was about the main characters trying to find their families. I wonder what that would feel like. I mean, I panic every time I lose my phone or can’t find my computer, but if it gets that serious I think I would fall down from shock. In my opinion, the characters in the book deal with their state of panic well, working harder to survive and staying calm most of the time.
There are two passages I want to share with you, and the first one is on page 31 wher
Mar 12, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2015
This is a really quick read, but a distressing one (unsurprisingly). Set during and after the tsunami on 26 December 2004, the story is about an Indonesian boy and two Western siblings who have to try to survive after the tsunami hits. The chapters alternate in point of view between the Indonesian boy, Ruslan, and the American girl, Sarah. I really appreciated that this story wasn't just from a Western viewpoint, and that the suffering of tourists wasn't highlighted above that of the local peopl ...more
Burgandy Ice
Mar 28, 2012 Burgandy Ice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Sandra Stiles
Aug 04, 2009 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Oct 31, 2014 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
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
Aug 04, 2009 Kevyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 25, 2015 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A window into the aftermath of the tragic 2004 tsunami from the perspective of two teens, one Indonesian and one American. Eerie to think that so much could have been so quickly swept away, and this also brought to life some of the grisly aspects of cleaning up after the tsunami that I hadn't previously thought of.

I appreciated some of the cultural dynamics from Indonesia that were included in the book (mainly the rebellion, of which I hadn't been aware), but at other times, the boy-girl interac
Oct 03, 2012 7chirag rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Isha J.
The Killing Sea
Richard Lewis
183 Pages

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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Evan Baldonado
Nov 03, 2013 Evan Baldonado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dixie Keyes
Feb 18, 2015 Dixie Keyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must-read! This is historical fiction at its best; Lewis took the Indonesian tsunami of 2004 and brought readers right to the front of the black waves and into the lives of the Band-Aceh people and tourists with his strong writing.
The alternating chapters represent both the perspective of a native teen boy and then a teen girl and her sick brother who are trying to find their father. In fact, both teens are trying to find their fathers. Interestingly, the native boy's narrative a
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