This review was written for a blog tour. I received the book for free in exchange for an honest review. Stick around until the end and enter the giveaway!
Swimming with dolphins is said to be the number one thing to do before you die. For 12-year-old Michael, it very nearly is. A secret boat trip has gone tragically wrong, and now he lies unconscious in hospital.
But when Michael finally wakes up, he seems different. His step sister Bibi is soon convinced that he is not who he appears to be. Meanwhile, in the ocean beyond Bermuda’s reefs, a group of bottlenose dolphins are astonished to discover a stranger in their midst – a boy lost and desperate to return home.
Bermuda is a place of mysteries. Some believe its seas are enchanted, and the sun-drenched islands conceal a darker past, haunted with tales of lost ships. Now Bibi and Michael are finding themselves in the most extraordinary tale of all.
I love marine life. So when I got a request to join in a blog tour for a book that featured dolphins, I happily agreed.
I really really wish I could give this book to myself when I was twelve and read this instead of Island of the Blue Dolphins, which has nothing to do with dolphins whatsoever. Nick Green is absolutely clever. I loved how he took the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle and made sense of it using the marine life. It’s hard to put my thoughts into an actual review, but I’ll give it ago:
By an odd turn of fate, Michael, the step-brother to Bibi, has switched bodies with a dolphin. He now has to learn how to hunt and fend for himself and discovers how to be a better person overall and deal with living in Bermuda (he’s originally from London). Wanting to go back, the Privateers, a small pod of dolphins that originally thought him to be Rodrigo their friend, take him on a journey to the Tiding — a place of information for rainvoices (that’s what dolphins call themselves). In the human world, Bibi is taking care of Rodrigo. Being a dolphin in a human body, he’s had to adjust and people mistake him for having brain damage. The only person who actually treats him like a normal person anymore is Bibi and the strain of taking care of a “brain damaged” child is starting to cause a strain on her family. Bibi decides to help Rodrigo get him back to his dolphin and they put a plan together.
This novel is full of heart and self-discovery. The children really come into their own and learn how to live and lose. The description of how dolphins see and live really gave me a fresh perspective on them. I really felt immersed in the world and like I was really swimming with the dolphins. I will admit that the ending was bittersweet, but I think that’s part of the charm and beauty of this novel.
Any one looking for a great read. But to be more specific: people who love a great middle-grade read with a YA crossover appeal. And of course fans of marine life!
It’s so hard to describe how much I loved this book without giving away spoilers! But seriously: read it. You won’t regret it.
Author Nick Green
Nick Green is a UK children’s and YA author, best known for his trilogy The Cat Kin, published in the UK by Strident Publishing and in Germany by Ravensburger, and also as a BBC audiobook. He has appeared on BBC radio talking about his books, and has been shortlisted for two UK children’s book awards. He regularly does school visits and other children’s literary events. The Storm Bottle is his first straight-to-Kindle novel.