Thursday, October 14, 2010

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

304 p.

Summary:  This sequel to Chains (S & S, 2008) opens with Curzon, an enslaved teen who was freed from prison by Isabel, recalling his escape and anticipating the future. After an argument with Isabel about where they should go next, the 15-year-old battles the British at Saratoga and winters in Valley Forge with the Patriots. He reveals many details of the conditions endured by the soldiers during the winter of 1777-1778, including the limited food supply, lack of adequate shelter, and tattered clothing. When Curzon and Isabel meet again, they have both been captured and must devise a plan of escape once again. While the Patriots are fighting for the freedom of a country, these young people must fight for their personal freedom.


  1. I cannot wait for this one. I'm hoping it is even 3/4 as good as Chains. And some folks on the blogosphere are saying it's better. Wow. What a great year of books!!!

  2. I think I enjoyed this more than Chains! It has a completely different feel and can definitely stand alone. I felt like I was there with Curzon and could identify with his character. I am looking forward to Ashes!

  3. Vivid characters and a powerful first-hand portrayal of the agonies of Valley Forge from a unique viewpoint. Suspenseful, horrifying, moving and uplifting. Both Curzon's and Isabel's voices are now in my heads. I listened to both on audio books, which were masterfully narrated and absorbing.