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The New World

(Return to Treasure Island #2)

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Washed ashore after escaping Treasure Island, young Jim Hawkins and his companion Natty find themselves stranded on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Their ship, the Nightingale, has been destroyed, and besides one other crew member, they are the only survivors.  Before they can even grasp the full scope of their predicament, they realize they are not alone on the beach. When a ban ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Crown (first published October 9th 2014)
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Rob Slaven
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book free for review from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. Despite the coolness of receiving a free book, I’m absolutely candid about it below because I believe authors and readers will benefit most from honest reviews rather than vacuous 5-star reviews.

The first thing to note is that this the second book in a series. Well, or third if you count the original Treasure Island from which it seems to take its setting. While reading either of the other two boo
Erin Cataldi
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Beautifully written, but the rambling nature of the coming of age story kind of derails it. I admit, I did not read the first in this series, and after reading this I am unlikely to pick it or any other additions up. Jim Hawkins (beloved Treasure Island character) and Natty (a young black girl and Jim's "romantic" interest/best friend) find themselves stranded in a strange land when their ship wrecks. They are taken hostage by some savage indians and right before they escape Jim makes the wise d ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: librarything-win
I was so excited to read this book since it's a secondary follow-up book to Treasure Island. I even bought the first book Silver so I could be prepared for this one. After 25 pages into Silver, which is a 400 page book, I gave up. I couldn't get into the writing style at all. So, I decided to just go ahead and jump into The New World and right away, I enjoyed the writing style much better than the first one. Although, the writing content was too drawn-out; most of the writing was lengthy, descri ...more

At the end of Silver: Return to Treasure Island, Jim and Natty had been shipwrecked on the coast of Texas in the year 1803. We rejoin them at the start of this one as they are trying to recover the bodies of their companions, when suddenly they are discovered by a scavenging party of Indians from a local tribe. Taken prisoner, they are held captive and know that they are doomed to die. Granted an opportunity to escape, they take it – and also take something that doesn't belong to th
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

When you are a child, the thought of finding lost, buried or even new-to-you things is addicting. The thought of going on a mystery treasure or scavenger hunt is not unheard of but happens occasionally while playing with friends or siblings. Of course when I was growing up I loved the idea of finding a buried a treasure in a book store, you know that book in the very back of a bookcase or box in an old run down second hand shop for only $0.25. Those were my favorite treasures and nothing could
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
The New World is the sequel to Silver, the continuation of Treasure Island. And I'm conflicted about it.

On the one hand, it was an action/adventure much the same as Silver, with historical basis and the inclusion of a lot of First Nations presence.

On the other hand, the characters are esoteric and distant, and difficult to care about. Natty is so mercurial and kept throwing out little tidbits like "If you don't know it, Jim, you never will." I re-read passages trying to see whatever the undercu
Thomas Todd
I had a very hard time finishing this book that I won through a Goodreads giveaway. I found myself wanting to quit several times but I couldn't because no matter how hard of a read it is I like to see things through. I don't know if it was the author's style of writing or if it was just the storyline didn't particularly keep me interested. I hate to give a free ARC a bad review because this might be a perfect book for someone else.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
As someone who's not familiar with the original Treasure Island story, and who didn't read Silver, the prequel to this book, I still enjoyed it. I appreciated that the author wrote it so that it could be a stand-alone book. There were some references, mainly to the main characters fathers, when I wish I had read Silver so that I had all the background, but it definitely stands on it's own, even if you haven't read the others. The story itself is exciting - it follows two characters, Jim and Natt ...more
Deborah Gebhardt
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this as a free ARC. This book is Motion's second sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. As it's been forever since I read Treasure Island and never read Motion's first sequel Silver, I for all intents and purposes except for some recollections of Treasure Island and the beginning chapter of this book, I have no idea what happened in Silver. But all in all, this is a stand alone novel. Apparently, Silver is the story of Jim Hawkins' son and Long John Silver's daughter's vo ...more
This ARC is book #2 in a series and I haven’t read #1. The series takes place after the end of Kidnapped. The main characters here are Jim and Natty who are shipwrecked on the Texas coast and discovered by Native Americans in 1802.

Rec’d 7/21/15 from Read It Forward and Crown. Read for Read Harder Challenge #9 Colonial/ Postcolonial.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was the first book ever that I picked up at a hotel while on vacation and finished during my trip. There's not a lot of deep thoughts here, but it was an entertaining enough ride imagining what it would be like if young America were the treasure sought by the Stevenson's swash-buckling crew.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought this would be an interesting book to read as it was a follow on to Treasure Island. But I found the writing difficult to read and hard to follow. I just didn't enjoy reading it and didn't like the characters.

I got this as a free ARC.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Not the most exciting book I have ever read, although I did like the references to Texas and the Mississippi and the Gulf Coast.
Roger Brunyate
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
From Treasure Island to the Trail of Tears

Although this story can easily be read alone, I realize now that it is a sequel to Motion's Silver, which is itself a sequel to Treasure Island. In that first book, Jim Hawkins, the same-named son of Stevenson's hero, goes back with Long John Silver's mulatto daughter Natty to recover the pirates' silver treasure, which apparently they manage to do. However, their ship, the Nightingale, is caught in a hurricane and wrecked on the coast of Texas. This vol
Lisa Guidarini
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
In The New World, former British Poet Laureate Andrew Motion continues the tale begun by RL Stevenson in his novel Treasure Island, serialized in a children’s magazine between 1881 and 1882. Main characters Jim Hawkins and Natty Silver, daughter of pirate Long John Silver, wash ashore along the coast of Texas. Lone survivors following a shipwreck and subsequent attack by Indians, Jim and Natty are taken prisoner, force marched to an Indian settlement where they’re held for weeks, the threat of e ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves historical fiction
*I won this ARC through Goodreads’ First Reads in exchange for an honest review.*

Because of the author's many accolades, I expected this book to be great, and I was not disappointed. That is until I reached the final page and realized that there would be no resolution to some of the themes I had very much wanted to see resolved. I was greatly disappointed. However, as far as leaving this book's ending open for a sequel, Andrew Motion did a fantastic job. There is much more that can now be said i
Schuyler Wallace
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

Sir Andrew Motion, the former U.K. poet laureate, is moving to the US and, hopefully, will not encounter the hardships he describes in his current novel, “The New World.” The noted poet, novelist, and critic continues the adventures of Jim Hawkins and his companion, Natty, who he introduced in “Silver,” his acclaimed 2012 perpetuation of Robert Lewis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” Sir Andrew will be landing as professor of arts at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, not on the Gulf Coast of T
I received this from LibraryThing as a free advanced copy from the author or the publisher; I really don't remember which.

First, I should start by saying that it is listed as a sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, when in fact it is the sequel to Silver: Return to Treasure Island. Luckily for me, and really anyone else who picks this up on a whim, other than a little bit of background on the relationship between Natty and Jim, you really don't need to worry and can get along just
Linda Munro
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on a giveaway. This is not a face paced read; not because it is not good, but rather because it is an old-time tale, where details are important.

After having finally escaped Treasure Island, Londoner’s Jim Hawking and his companion Natty find them stranded in the New World (present day Texas) after their ship, the Nightingale is destroyed in a severe storm. As the couple scans the horizon for signs of life, they realize that Native Americans have joined them on the
After washing ashore after what he was certain was his death, Jim Hawkins finds he has somehow survived--a fate almost everyone else onboard the Nightingale did not share. But his companion Natty has made it to shore with him, and they'll need to find their way. When they're intercepted by a tribe of natives and imprisoned, they know their choices are limited. When they find a moment to escape they expect they will never get again, they take the chance. But they soon learn it's not as easy as ju ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars. The new world in Andrew Motion's beautifully written book is a vast wilderness populated by strange new citizens, displaced natives and a surreal loneliness. The New World is a sequel to Silver: Return to Treasure Island which is in turn a sequel of sorts to Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. While Silver follows Jim Hawkins son, also Jim, and Natty (Long John Silver's daughter) as they return to the island, this story picks up after a shipwreck leaves them stranded somewher ...more
Ray Palen
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Andrew Motion's latest foray into the literary world created by Robert Louis Stevenson in TREASURE ISLAND follows characters made famous in that classic story.

The previous novel SILVER, featured the infamous Long John Silver and his young companion Jim Hawkins. In THE NEW WORLD, we find Jim Hawkins and Natty Silver washed ashore after the shipwreck of the Nightingale where they appear to be the only survivors. The world they find is filled with native savages including a pair of ruthless Native
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
I received this book as a first read. I didn't read the previous book, Silver, but I was able to follow along since this book works fine as a standalone. Although, those that have read Silver will probably get a bit more out of the story knowing the characters better. This is a quick and interesting read. The writing is simple yet elegant including enough description to tell a vivid story but not so much it bogs the story down. The plot keeps moving at a nice pace. You're immediately sucked into ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received an ARC through Read It Forward with thanks to Crown Publishers, too. I remember having read Treasure Island as a youngster and it was great revisiting the character Jim Hawkins. I haven't read Silver which this book is a sequel to but I think readers will do okay without having read the previous book. I like Andrew Motion's prose writing style and enjoyed reading about the adventure in the American South. I loved the descriptions of the New World and the trek Jim and Natty took, the p ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the plot of this book with the shipwreck, capture, theft and escape from one tribe on Native Americans, friendship and habitation with another tribe and the characters they meet on their way back to “civilization”. Natty I found to be annoyingly vague at times and willful to the point of endangering other members of the whatever group she’s in. Jim despite trekking from Black Bay on the Gulf of Mexico to Louisiana remains quite naïve as to how everything will end with Black Cloud and the ...more
Raven Haired Girl
Mildly adventurous narrative, I was expecting more, however, what was delivered was enjoyable.

Not keen on Natty and Jim. The ambiguous undertones pertaining to their romantic relationship grated on my nerves, especially given Natty's hot and cold treatment of Jim. Both protagonists were colorless, somewhat boring. I wish Natty played more of a role, she popped in and out leaving me surprised and disappointed with her brief appearances.

The duo met vibrant characters along the way, best part of
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, library
I received an uncorrected proof softcover copy for my honest opinion.

There is a book preceeding this one and possibly will be another after it. It seemed to be missing alot. Perhaps if you read the first one you will understand more about the 2 main characters.

We follow Jim & Natty, after they are shipwrecked in the new world. They and one crewmember survive the wreck, but then bad things happen to their shipmate.

They have adventures. These are easy to follow, because the book is describing
Book Review & Giveaway: Our second novel is also a historical novel but it’s also an adventure with an interesting twist. The New World by Sir Andrew Motion doesn’t just take us to the earliest days of America but it pays homage to that classic beloved adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island. It actually picks up where Return to Treasure Island leaves off.

It’s the early 1800’s when a young Tom Hawkins and Natty (who you may recall is Long John Silver’s daughter, disguised
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an addictive read that I got through in two sittings.

While I wasn't a fan of the two main characters, Jim and Natty, I enjoyed reading the story of their adventures in the New World, namely, Texas.

Jim and Natty's ship the Nightingale gets struck in a storm and maroons them on the coast of Texas where hey come across bands of Natives, both aggressive and peaceful.

It was a fun and quick read but the main characters were pretty annoying. Their on again off again flirting was lame and bor
Tyler Knight
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book all around. Definitely one of the better books that I have read in the adventure genre. My favorite part about it was the characters. The author did an excellent job developing each and every person in the story, so you can really connect with them and understand what they are all about. Although I have not read Silver, the first part of the series, Motion wrote it's sequel in such a way so that one does not necessarily have to read it to understand The New World, although it would ha ...more
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Sir Andrew Motion, FRSL (born 26 October 1952) is an English poet, novelist and biographer, who presided as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009.

Motion was appointed Poet Laureate on 1 May 1999, following the death of Ted Hughes, the previous incumbent. The Nobel Prize-winning Northern Irish poet and translator Seamus Heaney had ruled himself out for the post. Breaking with the tr

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