Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Review of Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
I've read a couple of Laurie Halse Anderson's "contemporary fiction" (for lack of a better genre) novels. They were amazing novels that all dealt with tough issues that teenagers face in today's society. They are wonderfully written and very powerful.
Chains is my first historical fiction novel by Anderson. Like her previous novels I've read, this one also dealt with a tough issue--slavery. The story is told in the voice of Isabel, a thirteen year old slave. Once her master dies Isabel and her sister Ruth were supposed to be freed but things took a turn for the worse and they ended up with mean and hateful owners.
This novel follows Isabel's fight for her own freedom among America's fight for freedom during the Revolutionary war. Isabel, while she is young, is such a strong person. She has a bit of a sharp tough and is a bit defiant but that makes me love her even more. She is a good person at heart and only wants what's right for her and her sister.
I really enjoyed this novel in more ways than I can explain. The characters were richly developed and heart touching. You really routed for Isabel and her sister throughout the entire novel. The writing was beautiful and so descriptive. I had no problem imagining I was in New York during the American Revolution with soldiers for both sides all around me. I was entranced from the first page to the last page.
Laurie Halse Anderson did it again...she has me hooked.