ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson: Book Review

Updated on December 23, 2010
Source

Laurie Halse Anderson’s recent novel, Chains, is set in Revolutionary America during a time when tensions between loyalists and patriots are perilously high. Isabel, who tells the story, is a thirteen year old slave girl sold to a cruel loyalist family living in New York. Having nearly gained her freedom once, Isabel will do anything to assure her freedom, as well as the freedom of her sister, Ruth.

With the Revolutionary War as a backdrop, Isabel learns quickly how to leverage her role as a slave to loyalists and potential spy for the patriots. Out of desperation, Isabel’s begins taking greater and greater risks whose consequences are beyond anything she imagined.

I find it difficult to find fault with Laurie Halse Anderson. She creates engaging characters and complex, thoughtful story lines. Anderson is a masterful author of contemporary YA novels as well as historical fiction, including Chains and Fever 1793. What I enjoy most about Anderson’s historical fiction is the depth to which it’s researched. The setting in Chains is vibrant, almost palatable, and the dialogue seems wholly appropriate to the time (though, I’m not sure I would know any different if it weren’t).

It is the careful attention to detail that allows Anderson to reach a wide audience. Chains is told from the perspective of a thirteen year old girl, yet the story is gripping enough to drawn in much older teens and, of course, adults.

Young adults who enjoy learning about the Revolutionary War or Colonial America would be enjoy Chains. Beyond historical fiction fans, Isabel’s is a universal story about human dignity and struggle. Few young people wouldn’t relate to Isabel’s story, even if they had little or no interest in history.

Chains: Book Talk

 What is your freedom worth to you? If someone wanted to take away your freedom, would you fight for it? If you were a slave, would you try to escape your master? Would you risk your life for freedom?

Isabel might have to do just that. She is a thirteen year-old slave living in the American Colonies during the Revolutionary War. Her masters’ are cruel British Loyalists. Isabel would do just about anything to escape them, but she has to be careful. Her masters also own Isabel’s sister, Ruth, who is young and vulnerable.

When fighting breaks out between the Patriots and the Loyalists, Isabel thinks it might be the answer to her problems, but she learns quickly that it is just the beginning.   

Book by Laurie Halse Anderson

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)