Using plenty of visuals, including historical photographs, log entries, official reports, and telegraph transcripts, Hopkinson presents this chronological telling of Titanic’s sinking. Rather than presenting a summary of events, the author focuses in on a few of the ship’s passengers, individuals ranging from 1st class to crew members, and imagines what their voyage was like through transcripts and personal accounts. The human-centered approach of this piece, along with the action surrounding the sinking, make this book a good recommendation for readers interested in the event or who are branching out to nonfiction.
I can’t lie — I love Titanic stuff. Way before it was even a big thing because of the movie, I was pretty obsessed. I’m still fascinated, so I was really looking forward to this piece. Unfortunately, it’s good, not great. I loved the subject matter, and loved how the author included viewpoints from all types of passengers (from crew to first class), but the writing itself was sometimes boring. The pictures were really cool, but just didn’t make up for the so-so writing. This is great book if you’re already interested in Titanic, or in history, but I don’t know if I would recommend it to someone just starting out in the genre.
*YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, Finalist, 2013
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