Eight months after his father was lost at sea, Pete’s mother still cries, his grandfather is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and his twin brother hates him. In fact, Henry blames Pete for everything. If Pete had gone on the boat with Henry and their Grandfather their father might still be alive and they might not be losing their house.
While searching in the attic for old things to sell, Pete finds a battle-weary ship-in-a-bottle. When Henry and Pete take the bottle to their grandfather they are transported back in time and land on the very ship that’s going down in the bottle. The boys must learn to work together in order to battle pirates and the raging sea. If they don’t, they may not have a home to return to.
The Swift by Alex Banks is amazingly action packed! I know I would’ve been able to read this faster if I didn’t have to read it on my phone. In act, if I had been able to read it on my kindle (or in print) I know I would have devoured this is a matter of hours.
Pete and Henry are incredibly easy to relate to for anyone who has ever had siblings or a close friend. And their tragedy is set up so well in the beginning that even though I didn’t know them very long (just a few chapters in when tragedy strikes) I felt bad with them.
I love that these boys have legitimate reactions and Pete’s narration shows how confusing death and loss can really be.
I have many favorite parts, but I will say that they are all influenced by the spectacular characterization of these characters. No one fully accepts what happens to them without first admitting that it is unbelievable and that is very refreshing to read after making my way through Mothman’s Curse.
I love all the details-like pirates in 1695 not wearing underpants (you can read the book to find out the context there).
And everything gets wrapped up! There was no point where I was reading this book and wondering how any of it was relevant!
You know what-here’s my review-go get yourself a copy, otherwise you’re missing out. And believe me. You wouldn’t want to do that.