At the end of Chains (Seeds of America, #1) the reader is left with a lot of unanswered questions and I was eagerly awaiting my copy of Forge, the second book in the Seeds of America Trilogy. Book #2 picks up right where the action stopped, however, I was a little disappointed to find out that this book is not told from the perspective of Isabel. Part of the reason I fell in love with the first book was due to the amazing character found in Isabel. Isabel does make an appearance, however, Forge is largely about the experiences of her friend Curzon.
Curzon Smith is a young slave who finds himself, yet again, enlisted in the war. Alongside the other soldiers he must fight for survival through a bitter winter at Valley Forge, while also trying to go undetected as a runaway slave. Both Curzon and Isabel must continue to navigate through treacherous times, trying to decipher whom they can trust and what it takes to become truly free.
While I didn’t like this book quite as much as the first. I am still looking forward to book #3, Ashes, due out later this year. I kept thinking that my husband, who is an actual history buff and very interested in war-time and ammunitions would find this a really interesting read. Anderson continues in her tradition of beginning each chapter with an excerpt from an actual letter, newspaper article or advertisement from the time period, lending an authenticity and a sense of how these fictional events could have really played out.
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers