Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Day of the Wave Book Review

2016 Reading Challenge

10. The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks
      Topic: book that takes place on an island

Isla and Ben were just sixteen when the Boxing Day tsunami tore through their beach resort in Thailand. Just days after forming a life-changing bond, both were missing and presumed dead. Unbeknown to each other and haunted by one of the biggest natural disasters in world history, Isla and Ben are living very different lives, until over a decade later when a chance encounter throws them back together.

My Review:
Ben and Isla are only teens when they become friends while on vacation and experience a tragic event. Not knowing if the other survived, Ben and Isla go back to their regular lives - Isla back to London parentless as they died in the tsunami and Ben to rebuild what was destroyed and start all over again. Life moves on for them as normally as possible, with Isla living in fear and Ben living with tremendous guilt over what they experienced. Ten years later, Isla gets a chance to go back to Thailand for work and as the fates would have it run into Ben. Together, they are finally forced to open up about that fateful day years before. Isla has to face her fears and Ben gets to let loose his emotions/guilt which he has buried deep inside himself. In the process of doing that, they are finally able to move on and feel free from everything.

Note: On December 26, 2004, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake occurred off the western coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, causing a tsunami that hit 14 countries and affected 5 million people worldwide. 230,000 lives were lost that day. This book is based on the events of that day and the days following. It's been known as the Boxing Day Tsunami, among other names.

I chose to use this as a book that takes place on an island. It does take place on islands during parts of the book, but not for the whole book. I may have cheated a little with this one, but I don't think it matters.


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