In a matter of hours Isabel has to leave bucolic Rhode Island for the hustle and bustle of colonial New York City - a community intensely divided and caught up in the American colonies struggle for independence. As Isabel tries to work out her own freedom, she soon finds herself a pawn in a game of cat-and mouse between the Locktons, who are fierce supporters of the king, and the growing rebel forces trying to take over the city. Alliances are made and promises are broken, and Isabel learns the hard way that the "freedom" she's being asked to spy for does not extend to her. And when her beloved Ruth is sold off, she begins to discover that the only freedom she'll ever have is the freedom she takes for herself.
Laure Halse Anderson delivers in this utterly compelling novel, which transcends (and will ultimately redefine) the category of historical fiction. Equal parts political thriller and coming-of-age story, this impeccably researched yet completely accessible story of a young woman's quest for freedom brings the American Revolution to life in all its grand and conflicted glory.
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By Nigel on 17-09-11
Great, emotional story. Beautifully written. The narrator was good (sometimes exceptional) - occasionally the meaning would get lost i'n the delivery, but 90% of the time it was a joy to listen to.
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By EmilyA on 29-04-12
Historical Fiction for All Ages
What wonderful historical fiction! I know this book was intended for young people, but as my 12 year old read this for a history supplement, I quickly realized it is for all ages. I enjoyed it, and my son, who is not a huge fan of reading, also liked it. The story reveals so much about what life was like, from a slave's point of view, in colonial America without being overly graphic. The story line was interesting and educational. I am convinced my son has a better understanding of what life was like for a slave, and what life was like during this time period as a whole because of this book. I recommend it to people of all ages. The narrator adds so much to the story and truly brings the characters to life.
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By Lori on 01-12-15
Chains full review
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson was a captivating, emotional, suspenseful story of Isabel Gardener. This novel was truly a spectacularly written work of art, which greatly portrayed the longing for freedom and the everlasting loss and gain of hope. The action and suspense in the novel truly added to the overall mood, and tone of the storyline. When you pick up this novel, Mrs. Anderson gives the reader the ability to take a journey thorough Isabel's mind, and makes you feel as if the bees are also inside of you. I recommend this novel to any that have a passion for reading, and are prepared for the scarily true ways of the world during the 1700s.
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