Book Review: Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee


Title: Luck of the Titanic

By: Stacy Lee

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 368

Release Date: May 4th, 2021

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Valora Luck has two things: a ticket for the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world, and a dream of leaving England behind and making a life for herself as a circus performer in New York. Much to her surprise, though, she's turned away at the gangway; apparently, Chinese people aren't allowed into America.

But Val has to get on that ship. Her twin brother, Jamie, who has spent two long years at sea, is on board, as is an influential circus owner. Thankfully, there's not much a trained acrobat like Val can't overcome when she puts her mind to it.

As a stowaway, Val should keep her head down and stay out of sight. But the clock is ticking and she has just seven days as the ship makes its way across the Atlantic to find Jamie, audition for the circus owner, and convince him to help get them both into America.

Then one night, the unthinkable happens, and suddenly Val's dreams of a new life are crushed under the weight of the only thing that matters: survival. 


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We are all familiar with the story of the Titanic and tragic loss of life that occurred, but how familiar are we with the stories of those who lived through it all?

Out of the small amount of people that survived the sinking of the Titanic, several of them are said to be Chinese. This book paints a wonderful story of what they might have gone through, while onboard the doomed ship.

Val dreams of leaving England and starting a new life in America, but when she is turned away at the docs, she finds a way to get on board and to find her twin.

I think what really made this story exciting for me was the impending doom of the Titanic. I knew it was coming and no matter what, it was on my mind. Although the beginning of the story was a little slow paced, by the end, I had a sense of who the characters were and rooted for them to escape the sinking ship.

This was an interesting read that I would recommend to all who like historical fiction.

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