I love historical fiction and I love the stories of the Titanic. However, wherever history crosses paths with fiction, it is the author’s responsibility, especially when writing for a younger audience, to provide the most accurate possible portrayal of the time frame. “Unsinkable” is as riddled with holes as the actual Titanic. Major historical fiction faux pas litter the book…from the use of real-life people in places they never were to an inaccurate account of Captain Smith’s last actions. The author shows very little understanding of the social customs of the time including a reference to a first class passenger being forced to eat in second class due to tardiness. There are errors in period clothing and social moirés of the time. In addition, parents may object to how far the romance goes when one considers that the heroine is only 15. Let’s face it, love at first sight makes great reading and the Titanic as a backdrop requires that any romance moves quickly but “Unsinkable” seems to take the characters into far deeper emotional waters than suitable for a book aimed at “young readers.”
This is another one of those books that beg the question, “Where have all the editors gone?” I not only don’t recommend this book, but I think it needs to be pulled for a complete rewrite. “Unsinkable” is scheduled for release on May 21, 2013.
This book was provided to me by Strebor Books for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own.