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RELEASE DATE: MARCH 6, 2018. TODAY!!
Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much.
“I’m going to have to do this on my own. If not for myself, then for him. If not for myself, then for the men I am ferrying to shore, for the r...more
Release Date: March 6th, 2018
Nothing really compares to reading a book that’s set in a place you know and have been to many times. Learning about the history of my country and having an interesting, exciting story to explore really was quite special to me. Although I do have some critiques to make, i enjoyed the book.
Andrea Curtis is a good writer. She clearly outlined and planned the story she wanted to convey long before she set to writing it out and you can actually see that clear l ...more
And yes, most of us know ...more
It is a very compelling read - I actually couldn't put it down and stayed up late to finish it. To put it into perspective, I ...more
Overall this was a fast paced and easy read. I enjoyed reading the characters of Christina and Daniel and the plot that the author created based on the real life event. Historical fiction is always a favourite of mine to read, because it is based in truth. I finished this book in about an hour and half, it was ...more
As the synopsis suggests, Big Water follows the story of Christina, a seventeen year old girl who narrowly survives the shipwreck of SS Asia and now has to fend for her life while adrift at sea. In a moment of stupidity, I selected the day I was travelling on a 4 hour flight alone to read this book and take my word on this – it’s not a good idea to read books about shipwrecks whil ...more
Big Water is the fictional account of two survivors of the wrecked ship, the SS Asia. Though the story is fiction, it is based on a real event that took place in 1882.
The best thing about this book is that it brings to light a tragedy that is rarely talked about. I love stories like this, ones that share snippets of little-known history because it's really fascinating!
However, this book di ...more
But when a violent storm suddenly rises, t ...more
I'm a little conflicted. On one hand, the story went by fairly quickly, but the chapters felt long (there were only 14 chapters). While I appreciated and sympathized with the characters, I couldn't connect with them. I was expecting.... more. I wanted to feel for them, feel their desperation to survive, see them go through the stages of grief. What I didn't need was romance. It was so unnecessary— I understand intense situations can evoke intense emotions, but aga ...more
Title: Big Water
Author: Andrea Curtis
Review: So, all I know about Big Water is that it is a fictional account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882, that is it! So, knowing virtual nothing about the novel I was excited to get into it especially as it is less than 150 pages long. The opening chapter of Big Water was great, we meet Christina McBurney as she runs away from home after the dea ...more
I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Orca Book Publishers and NetGalley.
“Thinking about facing one's fate head on is perfectly fine when it's theoretical, distant, a glimmer of an idea, not even the idea itself.”
To be honest, I only asked for this book for two reasons: first, I really liked the cover (especially with its pastel colors) and second, I love to read about nautical disasters. Mostl ...more
Big Water follows the story of two lone survivors who find themselves adrift after a shipwreck. It's based on historical truth, and I really liked the glimpse into a vibrant story I hadn't heard about before.
Our narrator, Christina, told the story with great detail and feeling. I thought the author did a good job of tackling such an unbearable tragedy and showing it hon ...more
I wanted to read Big Water because it is a fictional tale on a real life event, the sinking of the SS Asia on a Great Lake in 1882. I spent the first 18 years of life growing up in Michigan so I was immediately drawn to a story that relates to one of the Great Lakes and a story of survival when a steamboat sinks in its freezing waters.
I must say, the writing in this story was phenomenal. E ...more
Big Water follows 17-year old Christine McBurney as she runs away from home following the death of her twin brother. In her quest to simply get away, she finds herself on the Asia, a boat her cousin works on... only to have the boat sink. The rest of the book details how Christina manages to survive, be it through luck or sheer determination.
It's semi based on a true story, in that there was an Asia and it did sink and tragically only two people did survive, ...more
Big Water is a survivalist story through and through. It’s that mixture of harsh reality mixed with emotional turmoil that keeps you holding on as desperately to each moment as the characters hold on to the small strands keeping them alive.
What I Loved:
Christina is battling her memories as much as she battles the sea. Christina came to be on the ship after loosing her twin brother who was seen in her family to be the better twin. She’s there to prove something of herself and to get over ...more
The lifeboat flips over.”
I enjoyed this quick-read based on the real-life wreck of the steamship Asia on Georgian Bay. The story begins in the middle of the storm and follows t ...more
The sea is so turbulent that she is lucky to get on the last boat with her cousin, the Captain and a few other people and ...more
I would have liked a beefier Author's Note with more information on the real-life survivors (I had to go on a google expedition after finishing the book) but my want for more details is a testament to the quality of the writing.
This book is extremely intense at times, with frequent mentions and depictions of death. If you’re bothered by that subject matter, I would pass on this one. With that said, I really did enjoy this book. It’s a very short book, coming in at less than 200 pages. I was able to finish it in one sitting easily. Not to mention the fact that the wri ...more
Her next book for kids is Eat This! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and How to Fight Back). It will be published in early 2017. It is a followup to her first award-winning children's book, What's for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World, published by Red Deer Press.
She is also work ...more