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Chains is a book that was written by Laurie Halse Anderson about the revolutionary war. Chains is book one in the Seeds of America trilogy. Chains has 316 pages, 308 of which are part of the story. The main characters are Madam, Mr. Lockton, Ruth, Isabelle, and Curzon. This book is about slavery and metaphorical chains. Two of the themes are death and freedom. The publisher was Simon & Schuster.

If an entire nation can seek freedom, why not a girl?  

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, had a cruel twist of fate when there was no documented proof of their previous owner’s promise. They become the property of a malicious couple in New York City, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, for the Locktons knew nice tidbits of information that could really help the patriots in their war. She is reluctant at first, but when the worst possible thing(in Isabelle’s mind) happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to those who can provide her with freedom.

This book was quite slow. I could not get into it. It was a good book, it just wasn’t my style. This is available at many local libraries. I would check out the book before you buy it. If you like the learning about the Revolutionary War or like realistic fiction, you will probably like this book.

This is a book that appeals to most. Yet, if you don’t appreciate a story that seems slow paced and only has a couple hyped parts, you will not like this book.

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