Title – Big Water
Author – Andrea Curtis
Publisher – Orca Book Publishers
Genre – Historical Fiction
My Rating – 4/5
Seventeen-year-old Christina McBurney, grieving the loss of her twin brother, Jonathan, to consumption, has run away from her Parkdale home. She believes her mother wishes she had been the one to die, and she plans to find work far away as a nursemaid or teacher. Christina’s cousin Peter is the first mate on the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight throughout the Great Lakes, so she seeks him out to secure passage to Sault Ste. Marie.
But when a violent storm suddenly rises, the overloaded and top-heavy steamship begins to sink. Christina, heeding the warnings from her cousin, somehow makes her way to the hurricane deck. A large wave tosses her overboard, but just before she loses consciousness, she is pulled to safety.
Hours later, adrift on the wide-open water of Georgian Bay, in a lifeboat full of corpses, Christina is nervous about being alone with Daniel, a brooding young man with a likely criminal past and the only other passenger left alive. But they both know that working together is the only way they will find the strength to make it to safety.
Big Water is a fictional account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882.
I received an e-ARC of Big Water by Andrea Curtis from NetGalley and the Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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 while flying overseas.
Big Water was a short yet intense read. From the very first page itself, the mood of the novel was set and reading Christina’s Point of View in a desperate struggle for survival was surreal. The novel didn’t beautify or exaggerate any relationship/romance between Christina and Daniel and that’s one of the things I loved about the book. The scene of the shipwreck was written beautifully, giving the reader the ability to understand the desperation and helplessness of the passengers of the boat without handling it insensitively.
That being said, the book was not perfect. There were slight pacing issues and I found myself losing interest even though it was a pretty short book. Christina and Daniel were likeable enough but I didn’t feel any real connect to the characters which disappointed me. When I read the synopsis, I thought they would be characters that would turn out really complex and make me root for them absolutely, but that wasn’t really the case here.
All in all, Big Water by Andrea Curtis gets 4 stars from me.
Ultimate Popsugar 2018 Challenge Category – A Book Set at Sea
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