Monday, December 28, 2015

After the Ashes

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Katrien lives on an island near Krakatua in 1883.  She lives with her father and her aunt and loves science - particularly the work of Charles Darwin.  Her aunt and father believe she need sto start growing up and becoming more of a lady which includes abadoning her friendship with a native boy.  But Katrien resists and struggles with making friends - especially with her nemisis Brigitta.

These struggles, however, don't compre with the natural disaster they are about to experience.  Because Krakatua is showing signs of erupting and when it does their lives will never be the same.

I enjoyed the first part of the book with Katrien and her friends relationship and Katrien's scientific meanerings.  Then it seemed like things jumped around a bit leading up to the eruption - like it was rushing to get there.  The chapters about the eruption and immediate aftermath were good...I wish there had been more closure for Katrien in regards to her family and friend though.  The ending itself - once Katrien and Brigitta were rescued was too long.

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