The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Traitor to the Nation Volume II The Kingdom on the Waves Sequel to the National Book Award Winner Fearing a death sentence Octavian and his tutor Dr Trefusis escape through rising tides and pouring rain to find shelter in British occupied Boston Sundered

Sequel to the National Book Award Winner Fearing a death sentence, Octavian and his tutor, Dr Trefusis, escape through rising tides and pouring rain to find shelter in British occupied Boston Sundered from all he knows the College of Lucidity, the rebel cause Octavian hopes to find safe harbor Instead, he is soon to learn of Lord Dun s proclamation offering freSequel to the National Book Award Winner Fearing a death sentence, Octavian and his tutor, Dr Trefusis, escape through rising tides and pouring rain to find shelter in British occupied Boston Sundered from all he knows the College of Lucidity, the rebel cause Octavian hopes to find safe harbor Instead, he is soon to learn of Lord Dun s proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join the counterrevolutionary forces In Volume II of his unparalleled masterwork, M T Anderson recounts Octavian s experiences as the Revolutionary War explodes around him, thrusting him into intense battles and tantalizing him with elusive visions of liberty Ultimately, this astonishing narrative escalates to a startling, deeply satisfying climax, while reexamining our national origins in a singularly provocative light.

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  1. Matthew Tobin Anderson M T Anderson , 1968 is an author, primarily of picture books for children and novels for young adults Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.His picture books include Handel Who Knew What He Liked Strange Mr Satie The Serpent Came to Gloucester and Me, All Alone, at the End of the World He has written such young adult books as Thirsty, Burger Wuss, Feed, The Game of Sunken Places, and Octavian Nothing For middle grader readers, his novels include Whales on Stilts M T Anderson s Thrilling Tales and its sequel, The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen.

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  1. I liked the first book very much The story, the characters, the idea everything about it are unique But the prose, so welcome and so unusual in the first volume, wore me down within the first 50 pages of Vol 2 This was an absolute struggle to get through I am glad it s over.

  2. Most historical fiction books for young people take as their object to show a Typical Person with a Typical Problem in a particular era and most historical fiction for young people reflects a sort of bland consensus view of history, something that is acceptable to teach in schools Octavian Nothing is not most historical fiction.Picking up where the first book left off, Octavian a slave raised in luxury with a first rate education as part of an experiment enlists with the Royal Ethiopian Regiment [...]

  3. I give this one 5 stars for its ambition, authenticity and for its ability to take the reader back to the Revolutionary War But as an enjoyable read, only 3.I loved the first one and didn t really have a problem getting through it despite its language, but this one almost became a burden I read the first one over a weekend This one took me two months.I think my problem was that the story felt standard than the first book, which was such a unique reading experience for me This is a war is hell b [...]

  4. 26 11 This isn t impressing me as much as the first book The language, the exceedingly thick and fake torn pages, the characters none of it is drawing me in to the story like the first book The novelty seems to have worn off The second book is also quite a bit longer than the first and my first thought when I picked it up at the library was Wow, that s a lot bigger than I expected That sounds dirty, but it s not meant to be and no matter what word I substitute for bigger still in the same contex [...]

  5. This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud Sequelsways a little less exciting.

  6. The action of Volume I The Pox Party is summed up neatly in a broadside, allowing the plot of Volume II to stand on its own The emotional content of this book, though, is probably better understood in light of the first book, but there s enough going on here to completely occupy the reader.Octavian, as a character, is a fascinating outsider in the world he occupies He has the education of a well to do white man, he was raised as an object of scientific inquiry, but he also witnessed his mother s [...]

  7. This second volume does not fit in the same category as the first of the Octavian Nothing story The gripping philosophical questions that M T Anderson raised in The Pox Party are not only left in limbo, but are also replaced by scenarios and rantings all too prevalent in most modern historical fiction I understand that the past was not a rosy hued age of perfection, but realism does not require bitter, acidic despondency either Warning If the first volume was questionable as being suitably label [...]

  8. The conclusion of Octavian s tale is every bit as satisfying as the beginning it s like a stew, full of strong, hearty language and meaty chunks of characterization and I m going to drop this metaphor, for obvious reasons.Anyway, there was some really great stuff about The Kingdom on the Waves I really enjoyed the tales of how some of the slaves ended up in the Ethiopian Regiment and Octavian s chronicling thereof , and how Bono s levity sparkles throughout what is otherwise an extraordinarily d [...]

  9. I savored this book, reveling in the language I confess I read it with my ipod touch handy to look up words I didn t know just as I did with dictionaries and The New Yorker as a child, and I learned a great deal about machines of warfare This second part of Octavian Nothing s journey from slave to freed man takes him to Virginia Governor Dun s failed campaign against the rebels where an army of African Americans, promised freedom, are holed up in ships and sent out in fruitless battles From othe [...]

  10. I have waited to read the conclusion for awhile thanks be to bronchitis for giving me the time I didn t find the second one to be quite as mesmerizing and fascinating as the first, but it was still solid, interesting, and harrowing Octavian finally finds himself surrounded by others who are like him African and yet he is so unlike them that it is painful Anderson pulls no punches in proclaiming Octavian to be lost between the Anglo world in which he was raised, before he ever knew that he was a [...]

  11. Darien MundenHistorical FictionHow would you like to be part of a twisted social experiment Where, to gauge the intelligence of your race, you are raised under the tutelage of the most brilliant minds money can afford But when the money necessary to pay for your tuition runs out, you are little than slave trying to pay back the debt you owe your masters Octavian Gitney is in exactly that situation Raised from boyhood under the guidance and tutelage of the finest teachers his masters could affor [...]

  12. Although the writing was still amazing, the story seemed a little choppy This was due to the small snippets from letters, diaries, and back stories of the different members of the Dun s Ethiopian Regiment rather than the long sections of Octavian and Ev s narration in the first volume Still, Anderson continues his magnificent weaving of the unknown bits of history into an exploration of the themes of liberty and freedom Octavian s disillusionment with his country is sad and yet so understandable [...]

  13. Anderson is an astounding writer, a master of language and character development, so as I indicated in my review of Volume I, his self proclaimed accolade is well deserved This is an astonishing work, and Octavian s astonishing life is just one of several in this epic saga that takes place during the American Revolutionary War, the birth of science, and an earlier era of globalization Categorizing The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing as a young adult novel doesn t acknowledge the broad audie [...]

  14. As brilliant as the first volume, and as painful to read You really have to give it to M.T Anderson To be able to write in that rich, almost Dickensian voice for 1500 pages or whatever it was is really impressive Especially when you put it next to Feed and Whales on Stilts, which have equally interesting but totally different voices Anderson s definitely a guy who really loves language.

  15. Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadTooFor those of you who immersed yourself in the world of THE POX PARTY, you must read M T Anderson s second volume, THE KINGDOM ON THE WAVES I would highly recommend you read the two volumes in order.In volume two, Octavian escapes the cruelty of Mr Gitney and, with his former tutor, Dr Trefusis, on his back, flees across the mud flats to Boston Once there, they are able to find lodging, trading only upon the name and reputation of the deathly ill Dr Tre [...]

  16. I have to admit that I was very reluctant to read this book It s been on my to read list since it came out, and I would repeatedly pass it by in the library Eventually, it stared me down and I was forced to check it out The reason I kept putting it off was because I didn t particularly enjoy the first one Yes, I appreciated its artsiness, but it was very long and quite boring In this installment, we follow Octavian as he runs away once again, but this time with his tutor Dr Trefusis Instead of j [...]

  17. I found this, the sequel to Anderson s award winning The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I The Pox Party to be a little bit of a let down It s still an excellent book, but it s twice as long as the first volume and yet does not seem as eventful Perhaps the issue is that it lacks much of the eerie confusion of the first novel unlike in the beginning of The Pox Party, where one isn t even quite certain whether the book is historical or speculative fiction, the r [...]

  18. As compelling as Vol 1 and for many of the same reasons, but the plot moves slower largely because it is set in thesame place for much of the book with the characters waiting for something to happen This reminds me of the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where aside from the beginning and the end, much of the book was actionless.Still, I consider Vol 1 and 2 of this book top notch historical fiction for teens and adults alike.

  19. When I read the first volume of the Octavian Nothing series, I knew I d read something extraordinary, but I didn t know what to do with it, and so I only mildly enjoyed it as you ll notice from my rating However, in the intervening years, Octavian s story, and M.T Anderson s masterful use of narrative, language, and historical theory, got under my skin, and it became the contemporary book I used as a touchstone for excellence in fiction writing not just Juvenile fiction writing perhaps than any [...]

  20. I LOVED THIS BOOK IT WAS REALLY GREAT AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT.I read this book without reading the first one this was the only one in the series I could find at the library , and I would recommend it very highly to ANYONE The book is about a boy named Octavian who has just escaped from the college where he was raised by a committee of white scientists who were basically experimenting on him to see if a black child, raised in the right environment, could be as intelligent as a white child, al [...]

  21. Put it this way no amount of praise, ever, in a million years, could come close to doing this book justice I mean, holy crap It might not be a page turner, per se, and I certainly had to keep my dictionary handy I mean, how often do you find dialogue like I can see that if we allow the slightest divagation on the subject of your charms, we shall never have time to hear the tale of your escape in YA lit but wow, was it worth it.I might have enjoyed this book even than the first installment every [...]

  22. Wow I have been looking forward to this sequel for a long time, and it did not disappoint If you have NOT read the first book, there WILL be spoilers here otherwise writing a review will be nearly impossible We catch up with Octavian and Dr Trefusis pretty much from where the first book ended, with their flight to Boston From there, Octavian finds work as a violinist with a British orchestra All too soon, war breaks out, and Octavian and his tutor flee to join Lord Dun s Ethiopian regiment after [...]

  23. I may eventually bump up my rating on this one I admit, it was every bit as good as the first one, and often much better However OUCH Anderson has said that, if he had allowed Octavian to triumph over everything anything than these books would turn into the fantasy novels they so much resemble Well, I like fantasy novels, dagnabbit, largely because, even though guys like Octavian don t always win, they at some point get thrown SOME kind of bone Even the dad blamed epilogue is depressing I just w [...]

  24. I think I got much of the slavery vibe from this sequel While the first book was a very good book, the slavery perspective really didn t completely come in to play until pretty late in the book In this respect slavery the prequel was a sort of introduction or exposition really quite essential in getting to know the main character and his past, which always has some figure into the man he is when grown up to the grand theme, which was much played upon in The Kingdom on the Waves Different to La [...]

  25. This is not a happy book The tragedy is eloquent and slow building It s almost enough to make you wish the redcoats had won But in the end, neither side is that sympathetic from the perspective of the slaves.The Revolutionary war tends to be romanticized, cast as a conflict of freedom versus tyranny A war of rhetoric and patriots Patrick Henry Give me Liberty or give me death The federalist papers George Washington crossing the Delaware Minutemen militias and muskets.All of that is true But it s [...]

  26. The second and final volume of the horrific, touching, funny, and well told tale of Octavian Nothing Octavian, who was bought as a slave with his mother and educated as an experiment in the first novel, is now on the lam or less As the first book dealt with some heavy issues, so does this one This time around it s the idea of freedom during one of the most prominent events that addressed the idea on a historic scale the American revolution Ah, how the hypocrisy oozes from the pages as seen thro [...]

  27. All these things saw I and I saw that everything hath its price, and all are in fluctuation, no value solid, but all cost as they are appraised for use and there is use for all and constant and relentless exchange How much, asked Slant, is a man s life worth A pregnant child upon the docks doth cost less than a fine dress she might wear two years later and luxury is earned by being wrested And the women walk upon the lawn, arm in arm, as the gardener stoops before them with blooms And I saw the [...]

  28. A huge fan of the first book, I found myself disappointed by the second volume The first book was full of rich character exploration, but Kingdom on the Waves got bogged down in the tedium of historical description I read to the end hoping all the descriptions of war and battles and smallpox would give lead to rewarding character resolutions, but the close of the second volume leaves the reader with not much reward for sticking it out I m still a huge MT Anderson fan and recommend the first book [...]

  29. This book, and the volume before, as historical fiction bring searing clarity the to Revolutionalry War and the U.S struggle for liberty from British rule This book left me wracked with emotion because of the way things were and the way things are for Black Americans You cannot read these volumes and not understand the Black Lives Matter movement and the irony the fight for liberty was in the United States M.T Anderson is brilliant.

  30. I am not sure that I would have read all of book 2 had I not wondered what happened to the slaves who fought for the British I wish I had looked for a nonfiction book to relieve my curiosity after Vol 1 Book 2 is interesting in parts, but I doubt that it is a successful work of fiction because of the repetition Perhaps the flowery language did not appeal to me.

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