The New World by Andrew Motion

The New World by Andrew MotionTitle: The New World (Return to Treasure Island, Book 2)
Author: Andrew Motion
Published: July 14, 2015
Pages: 368
Publisher: Crown
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★

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 just getting out of the village, and the new American South is nothing like the home–a home they hope they will both get a chance to see again someday.

This is a sequel, but I don’t think you need to have read the first book to follow the story. The adventure here is pretty self-contained, and any references to previous events are shared with enough context to understand what’s going on.

If you’re a fan of an epic adventure, you’ll enjoy this. Jim and Natty are on the move from very early on in the book, and their pursuers are hot on their trail. There are twists and turns to keep you guessing as a reader, and it’s never quite clear how it’s all going to resolve until it gets there. I picked this up on a bit of a whim, to be honest, but I’m glad I did. It’s a departure from everything else I’ve been reading lately, and a refreshing one at that.

[I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.]