Blog Tour: Overboard by Elizabeth Fama

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All aboard the Overboard tour! I’m very much excited to take part in this tour and support one of my all time favourite authors and lovely online friend, Elizabeth.

OVERBOARD BY ELIZABETH FAMA

Release Date: June 9th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published January 1st 2002)

Genres: Contemporary, Survival

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She swam up for what seemed like an eternity, with her chest so achingly empty it felt as if it had collapsed, seeing only white bubbles in front of her face until she broke the surface.
 
One moment of rashness, and fourteen-year-old Emily Slake finds herself amid hundreds of panicked and drowning people in the dark ocean waters off Sumatra. Miles from shore without a life vest, she resolves to survive. But in facing the dangers of the ocean, the desperation of her fellow survivors, and her own growing exhaustion, Emily must summon wits and endurance she’s not sure she has. 
 
Striking out on her own, Emily encounters Isman, a frightened young Muslim boy, floating in a life vest. Together they swim for their lives, relying on Emily’s physical strength and Isman’s quiet faith.
 
Based on a true story, Overboard is both a riveting tale of survival and a sensitive portrayal of cross-cultural understanding in a time of crisis.

Elizabeth Fama’s books have made me terrified, flabbergasted, swoon, happy, and amazed. But never pensive like this. Overboard is a well-realised tale of the ugliness and the untimeliness of life.

Overboard is set in Indonesia and for once, it was refreshing not to read anything Westernised or so modern. I could identify with what Fama was describing because the Indonesian culture doesn’t differ that much of those from us here in the Philippines. I’m happy that Fama presented nothing but the truth of this world.

Seeing through Emily Slake’s eyes was a wholly illuminating experience for me. She’s a foreigner in this nation and it was fascinating to read about her honest observations. Everything from the poverty to religion to racial discrimination. Another point for Fama here.

And then there’s the sinking ferry. I only know of survival stories in TV shows and films so I was curious as to how this is going to turn out in book form. Let me tell you, it was as gripping and emotional to read as it is to watching it. You could really feel for Emily and her mission to survive afloat this vast and dark sea.

Despite being short, Fama still managed to deliver a heartbreaking and rousing story. I hope more people get a chance to read this beautiful body of work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Plus One was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in April, 2014. A 2015 RITA award finalist, Plus One was also a highlighted book in VOYA magazine, and was listed among the “Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014” in the Huffington Post.

Monstrous Beauty, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in September, 2012. It won won the 2013 Odyssey Honor Award, and was included on the 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list and the 2013 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list.

My first novel, Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), was named a 2003 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association (one of only eleven books selected unanimously by the committee that year). It received the 2002-2003 honor award from the Society of Midland Authors, and it was nominated for five state readers’ choice awards (New Hampshire, Texas, Illinois, Utah, and Florida).

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3 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Overboard by Elizabeth Fama

  1. I’m almost always in the mood for short stories, plus I’ve been meaning to read a Fama book for ages, so you know what that means. 😉 I can’t wait to feel for Emily as much as you did. Awesome review!

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