Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Published: February 8, 2009
How would you feel if you knew that in another lifetime you were a most wanted pirate woman, kicking ass all over the Caribbean. But now you were a hopeless American teenager dying to be eighteen to finally get away from your parents and go search for your three hundred year old buried treasure in Jamaica?
A.S. King had things to say and she found the perfect way to say them by making one of the best Y.A. books out in the market today.
This story has very unique and special elements. It has a variety of themes and issues in a very straight forward story line. It takes us back to a difficult time period, when war and death were the order of the day. When women didn’t matter much more than a piece of meat and men could do what they wanted with them. And it also takes us to the present were everything is not so perfect.
One of the things that I loved the most about the story was Saffron’s character and how trapped she felt being a high school girl whose parents were a disaster. How hard it was for her to live a normal life while she knew so much about life and about the world, having lived as a 100 different dogs and having been part of such a violent and hostile history.
This story has a romantic subplot, which I thought was its weak point. It was the only part of the story that I didn’t like. It didn’t seem believable to me and some of the things that happened were just too predictable and convenient for them. I also found the love interest to lack personality and appealing traits; he seemed generic.
But, aside from that, everything else was just fine and it didn’t disappoint me at all. It was exactly what I expected from A.S. King.
However, if you are considering reading A.S. King’s books for the first time I would recommend that you start with Everybody Sees the Ants, a book which has similar themes to this one but easier to relate to, so you get an idea of her storytelling style, so you can better enjoy this ones.