Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Premise: Ganked from Goodreads:

Ruslan slipped away from the café and the curious onlookers. He began to run, not knowing exactly why, but instinct making him head away from the sea.... 
And in the distance, along the seafront of Ujung Karang, screams rose from a hundred, a thousand, mouths. 
Aceh, Indonesia. December 2004. Ruslan, an Indonesian boy, and Sarah, an American girl, are brought together in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami. Ruslan is searching for his missing father, while Sarah is trying to get medical treatment for her sick brother. Together they travel through the destruction, barely believing all that they see. 
The Killing Sea is a high-stakes survival story that puts a human face on a terrible tragedy. Richard Lewis, who lives in Indonesia, was there during the tsunami and worked as a relief worker in Aceh in the days and weeks following it. This novel is based on his firsthand experiences.
"My Review" is actually Dash's Review by Interview:

Tsunami Zone, Myrtle Beach, SCWho was the main person?

There was two, no three:  Peter, Sarah and Ruslan.

What did they do?

At the beginning, the Tsunami came by. The rest of the book they were trying to find their dad. Ruslan is not with Peter and Sarah. Peter and Sarah were trying to find their dad, but Ruslan did find his father.

Was that sad?

Well, they know where he was, though. Because they were on the same island and their dad came up and said, “go to the village” and they did. They found  a boat..

Is this a true story?

…they went to Meulaboh and that’s where they found Ruslan.

Why does a Tsunami happen after some Earthquakes?So, this is from the Tsunami from December 6th, 2004? (Looking at author’s note.)

The Author’s note said the tsunami got up to 100 feet high.

Did you like it?


What did you like about it?

It was about a Tsunami… “that stunned the world.”

Awesome. What are you going to read next?

I don’t know.  I need a nonfiction book for Ms. McCary’s class.

He's reading The Lost Hero now.  (?)

For a review to help determine whether you'd like to read this great book or not, please see this great review HERE by Collected Miscellany. To quote:
Despite its subject, and its at times harrowing details, The Killing Sea is an understated and simple story of friendship and generosity in the face of tragedy and a subtle reflection on the importance of family in our lives. Like The Flame Tree I would recommend it to young adults and regular adults alike.
About the Author:

Richard Lewis
My parents were American missionaries to Indonesia, where I was born and raised and still live with my family. I'm a US citizen, voting out California, paying IRS my taxes until I die, and probably even after that. No TV as a kid. For entertainment I either read whatever I could get my hands on or went to the beach. Grew up to be a fit young surfer who did some writing. Now I’m a fat middle-aged writer who does some surfing. Sundays, I go to church and think on questions like why would a good God make evil eggplant for man to gag upon? 
Find more hilarious bio on his website. What a fun writer!!

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