Know any teen book lovers? The Teen Book Lovers Club meets the third Wednesday of every month at the Sunset Library. Here’s a review from one of our teens!
This year marks the 104th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. While many facts concerning this event are available to the public today, not much can be said about the lives and experiences of the 2,207 people on board. In the novel The Watch That Ends the Night, Allan Wolf takes the accounts of 25 real people who lived aboard the Titanic, and weaves them together to tell the story of the confusion, bravery, and hope of those who experienced this tragedy. From the glamour of the rich on the first deck, to the excitement for freedom of the poor on the third deck, this book tells with passion how each member spent their days leading up to the sinking. The Watch That Ends the Night left me with a deeper connection to the story of the Titanic.
One of the main aspects that drew me into this book was how well each character was portrayed, from the richest passengers to the lowest class and crew. Even the iceberg had its say throughout the story! The reader could definitely learn and connect to each person as they lived during the Titanic's voyage, even without knowing the facts themselves. The story actually created suspense as well, especially toward the end, which made me unable to put it down. Allan Wolf also provides brief summaries for all his characters and the real lives they’re based on, as well as a collection of facts for those interested in learning more about this event. Even as a Titanic fanatic, I was surprised at some of the details revealed to me in the story, and it was an interesting read all the way through. I would highly recommend The Watch That Ends the Night for any reader looking for a new adventure, or a different take on this well-known, incredible story. – Sarah B. (Sunset teen)