Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The End of the World and Beyond by Avi - ADVISABLE


The End of the World and Beyond (Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts, #2) by Avi, 328 pages.  Algonquin (Workman Publishing), 2018.  $17.  

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.  

BUYING ADVISORY: MS – ADVISABLE  

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE 

Oliver Pitts was convicted of being a thief and his punishment is to be sent to America.  After surviving a stormy crossing, with now chance of escape he arrives in Annapolis.  Oliver’s luck doesn’t improve when nobody wants to buy a scrawny indentured servant and he finds himself in jail.  When a man buys him from the jail, Oliver hopes his luck has changed, but he quickly realizes that his owner is abusive and his only saving grace might be a fellow slave who has an idea for escape.  

This book is action-packed and gives a good view into what life might be like for an indentured servant.  I enjoyed Oliver’s character and the fast-moving plot.  The cover isn't great, but if you can get your readers to pick it up they will enjoy it.  This book makes more sense after reading the Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell and gives a satisfying ending to Oliver’s two book story.  The content includes abuse, mention of deaths and a rotting body.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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