Author: Elizabeth Fama
Publication: June 9th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published January 1st 2002)
Format: Finished copy/Paperback
Source: Provided by the Author
She swam up for what seemed like an eternity, with her chest so achingly empty it felt as if it had collapsed, seeing only white bubbles in front of her face until she broke the surface.
One moment of rashness, and fourteen-year-old Emily Slake finds herself amid hundreds of panicked and drowning people in the dark ocean waters off Sumatra. Miles from shore without a life vest, she resolves to survive. But in facing the dangers of the ocean, the desperation of her fellow survivors, and her own growing exhaustion, Emily must summon wits and endurance she’s not sure she has.
Striking out on her own, Emily encounters Isman, a frightened young Muslim boy, floating in a life vest. Together they swim for their lives, relying on Emily’s physical strength and Isman’s quiet faith.
Based on a true story, Overboard is both a riveting tale of survival and a sensitive portrayal of cross-cultural understanding in a time of crisis.
I received a finished copy of this book from Elizabeth Fama for my participation in the blog tour. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
First of all, I was truly fascinated with Overboard’s writing style. The way it is written is incredibly engaging. The narrative is straight-forward, although written in the 3rd person point-of-view, it wasn’t at all difficult to read.
The premise of this story is very realistic. After all, the book was inspired by true events. But the execution is something you shouldn’t overlook. This is one of the books where you get to experience the story.
Overboard tells the story of a young girl involved in a ferry accident. Emily is from America but her parents’ occupation requires them to be in Indonesia. Something that happened that day led Emily to ran away and take a ferry to the island of Weh. But when the unexpected happens and the boat overturns, Emily must do whatever it takes to survive.
Prior to reading this book, I’ve heard of news about accidents in the sea where a lot of people die. I wasn’t really aware of what it feels like to go through that situation, but Overboard enlightened me with that. The mention of shark attacks, whirlpools, people who just give up, people who go desperate, people hurting other people… the reality of it scared me.
Emily experienced all of that and many more in this book. How her character developed through the course is commendable. Also, I just have to say that I really liked the cover. It is minimalist but I love how it tells something about the story.
An inspiring story of faith and hope, Overboard is an eye opening read to real-life tragedies and the fight for survival.
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