Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Book Review

bc-chainsTitle: Chains  (Seed’s of America)
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Blurb (GR): If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.


I like to call Laurie Halse Anderson the “Queen of Books”.  I mean, look at The Impossible Knife of Memory, and Speak.  They are bestsellers. So I wasn’t surprised when Chains got a 4/5 stars

One thing I liked, oops I LOVED  the character (Isabelle) and her feirce attitude when it came to her sister. She took blows that were intended for Ruth (sister). Isabelle also had a free spirit that no one could trap.

I also loved that Laurie Halse Anderson captured a way of life, that I felt like no author could. She made the 18th (or 17th) century seem real, and come alive in front of my eyes. The writing structure was perfect!  It was smooth. I don’t know about you guys, but writing flow’s that are so rocky, make me cringe!

I wish this was not a series. I felt like if Laurie Halse Anderson should’ve just left it as a stand-alone. But at the same time I’m curious because I never read a series by her. I love her contemporary novel’s.


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