06keeganh's Reviews > Shackleton's Stowaway
by Victoria McKernan
by Victoria McKernan
Dec 11, 11
Read from November 06 to December 05, 2011
The book “Shackleton’s Stowaway” written by Victoria Mc’Keunan is a wonderful novel based on the will of men. In a grand total of three hundred pages the story addresses how a group of men goes to and survives the dreaded Antarctica. I would only suggest this book to teens and older because of how emotionally and physically hard it gets in the book. It could not happen in a different environment without totally changing the book. Some of the main characters from the book are Shackleton their leader and “Wild” who is second in command. Then there is Perce who becomes a steward for the ship, along with added sea men like Tim McCarthy. A brief synopsis of what happens is when Perce Blackborrow is declined from going on a voyage to Antarctica he stows away instead. He is soon found out but is welcomed after a while than hated. Soon the ship races the uncharted Antarctica. Their mission was to cross the frozen continent but when their ship gets crushed by pack ice, they all too soon realize that they have to abandon the mission and attempt to leave. They pack up as much as they can and leave their lifeless ship. They continually moved from major campsites trying to reach actual land. They move through around four campsites till they reach Elephant Island, where half of the team departs to get help. After three tries they get everyone home safely. But it is not how it seems. There are countless trials that they went through. In the book they had dog teams to pull the sleds of cargo but after a while they had to kill them or they would run out of food too quickly. A quote from the book that I didn’t like was “God- for once I just want to see an animal and not have to kill it!” from page 160. But a quote I did like word, “Land!” from 227. A theme I learned was how hard it gets you always press on. It is a very unique book because you don’t read many stories about Antarctica. I’d rate it a four out of five stars.
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