Friday, April 3, 2009
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, Read by Madisun Leigh
Well, I found my least favorite Anderson title. But, I still like it. And her. Sure, this young adult novel can be added to any historical fiction list pretty easily, but I didn't find anything different about it. It read like many other slave fiction tales I've read. Sure, Anderson writes well, but I don't see what the fuss was about this title.
Isabel is thirteen and a slave who takes care of her younger sister, Ruth. Even after being promised freedom from a dying owner, Isabel and Ruth are sold to a brutal mistress. The Locktons are Tories who support England during the Revolution. Isabel is torn--which side will support the freeing of slaves? She isn't sure and her loyalties waver back and forth. But after meeting Curzon, a young black slave who fights for the Revolution in place of his master, Isabel starts rooting for the Rebels. Whatever the government situation is though, Isabel wants to be free.