Review: The Kingdom On the Waves

I’m back from my holiday break, which means I’ve had lots of time to finish off an audio book while stuck in traffic.  And man was this one a doozy.  M.T. Anderson already managed to break my heart once with his novel Feed, and now he’s done it again with the concluding half to his epic, the Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation.

When we last left the classicially educated slave Octavian, he was wading through the Boston Harbor, along with his tutor/mentor Dr. Trefusis after having escaped from his home.  This volume finds him heading south to join Lord Dunmore’s Royal Ethiopians in the battle against the Revolutionaries in exchange for his freedom.  The resultant gutwrenching philosophical treatise on the nature of war and the value of man is the finest piece of writing I’ve encountered all year.

If the book had been marketed as an adult novel you can bet it would have made all the bestseller’s lists and possibly Oprah’s book club.  But instead Anderson is considered a YA author, despite the fact that the quality of the prose within this book would put 99% of the writers out there to shame.  Anderson is not only the most skilled YA writer today, he might be the most best writer period.

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