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The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
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Dec 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: z-2009, adventure-and-survival, brothers, death-and-suicide, fathers-and-sons, favorites, y-fiction
Recommended for: Hatchet fans
Read in December, 2009

Ben and his two younger brothers are trying to deal with the sudden death of their mother, when their grief-stricken father decides to sell the house, buy a sailboat and spend a year sailing the Bahamas. Forced into close quarters on the open sea, Ben’s resentment towards his father grows, until Ben wakes up one morning and his father has disappeared. Not sure if he fell overboard during the night, or if he intentionally jumped, the brothers are left on their own, not sure exactly where they are, without a working radio or emergency beacon.

After almost riding out a huge storm, the brothers shipwreck off a small island and spend several months stranded, trying to gather food and water. But, when one of his younger brothers is seriously injured, Ben is forced to leave his brothers behind and leave in an attempt to find help.

This is an adventure story that should appeal to fans of survival or shipwreck stories, but with enough drama and emotion to appeal outside that genre. Personally, I thought the ending was rushed, but my love of survival stories and shipwrecks and desert islands and brothers with father issues more than made up for it.
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