My thoughts on Chains so far, is that it’s a very well written historical fiction book. I say this because even though it is fiction, the author does a very good job of making it sound nonfiction by tying Isabel and Ruth’s experiences to real historical events. I also like how accurate the way slaves’ lives are portrayed. All of the horrible things that happen to the slaves or around the slaves always seem to always have a deep meaning, and what makes it even better is that the story is told from a slaves prospective.
As for the part of the book the class is currently reading (around page 240), there have been some pretty insane things happen. For instance, there was a HUGE fire in New York, and everyone was freaking out. Isabel sadly lost (and practically set ablaze) her sister Ruth’s doll, which was the only memory she had left of Ruth after they were separated. Another sort of depressing thing that has recently happened in the book is that Curzon (Boy with red hat that really likes Isabel) was captured and put into prison. Isabel later visited him, and when she did so she saw the horror he had become. Curzon was now pale and extremely thin. His used to be bright red hat now is a very dark red covered in mud.
All in all, Chains has been a great book so far, and I am so excited to read what happens at the end (the class is very near done with the book). I feel that Laurie Halse Anderson (the author) did a very good job on this book, and I think I might even read another one of her books.