Review: Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

Published: 2011
By:  Athenuem
Series: Seeds of America
Source: FMPL
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9781416961444

After escaping death from the help of Isabelle, Curzon, whose name we learn is derived from the Spanish word corazón which means heart. Curzon is the narrator of our story, he takes us back into the battlefield, as it was his only means of keeping himself alive since Isabelle disappeared to go off looking for her sister. Saving a young Private’s life from a redcoat, Curzon makes fast friends with a new group of men, but mostly Ebenezer. That boy will talk an ear off, but he is honest and true.

In the first book, Curazon was sold/enlisted to the army by his master, Bellingham, and promised freedom and 20 shillings (I think). Needless to say, Bellingham left Curzon for dead the first time and was very surprised to see this gaunt, young man in a new wave of military men. Telling despicable lies Bellingham convinces Curzon’s sergeant that Curzon was to meet at a grand hall in town to discuss the lifestyles of the men. This was a lie, for when Curzon appeared he was forced back into the life he left behind after near death in a frozen cell.

That’s when we also have the reappearance of Isabelle, who was recaptured and put to work for Bellingham and his company. Isabelle and Curzon are together again, and it’s up to him to find a way for them to escape.

Overall, I’m really liking this series. It’s an interesting perspective in a very important war in American history. I like the character development and the dialogue, and the headers for each chapter, which look like excerpts from newspaper notices, letters, notes, and journal entries of people who were part of the 1770’s and had something to say about the war.

4 Star signature

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Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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