The New World

The New World

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"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 band of Native Americans approaches the shore in a threatening fury, they brutally kill Jim and Natty's last shipmate, rob their dead crew, and take the two desperate survivors hostage"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780804138451
0804138451
Branch Call Number: FICTION Motion Andrew
Characteristics: xii, 356 pages ;,24 cm

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goddessbeth
Sep 09, 2015

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 undercurrent was that I missed, but it's just...nothing. She's vague and odd and it's never explained. And that bothered the heck out of me. Also, Jim is prone to narrative-interrupting daydreaming in which he's actually prescient. Which is odd.

Also, the story just never ended. That was charming at first, in an Odysseus kind of way. But by the end of the book, it was just annoying and felt too commercialized.

I can only recommend this to people who really loved Silver. Unless your thing is super mysterious characters and zero closure.

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