Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Once Upon A Book Box Club May box and I purchased the box. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Luck of the Titanic

Author: Stacey Lee

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4.5/5

Diversity: Chinese/British protagonist, Chinese/British side character, Chinese side characters, Lesbian side character

Recommended For…: young adult readers, historical fiction, Titanic

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Recommended Age: 15+ (racism, alcoholism, parent death, attempted sexual assault, violence, death)

Explanation of CWs: There is racism in this book towards Chinese people. Alcoholism is mentioned. There is parent death mentioned frequently and death shown in the book. There is an attempted sexual assault shown. There is some violence.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Pages: 361

Synopsis: Valora Luck has two things: a ticket for the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world, and a dream of leaving England behind and making a life for herself as a circus performer in New York. Much to her surprise, though, she’s turned away at the gangway; apparently, Chinese people aren’t allowed into America.

But Val has to get on that ship. Her twin brother, Jamie, who has spent two long years at sea, is on board, as is an influential circus owner. Thankfully, there’s not much a trained acrobat like Val can’t overcome when she puts her mind to it.

As a stowaway, Val should keep her head down and stay out of sight. But the clock is ticking and she has just seven days as the ship makes its way across the Atlantic to find Jamie, audition for the circus owner, and convince him to help get them both into America.

Then one night, the unthinkable happens, and suddenly Val’s dreams of a new life are crushed under the weight of the only thing that matters: survival.

Review: For the most part I really liked this book. I love anything involving the Titanic, it was a special interest of mine when I was younger, and I loved how this book was written. The book showed what the Titanic life must have been like for 3rd class passengers and 1st class. It was also unapologetic in showing some of the worse parts of the Titanic for the Chinese passengers. A lot of people idolize how the trip on the Titanic must have been, but it wasn’t all roses for most people. I loved how well developed the characters were and I loved how well the world building was developed. The book was also well plotted and the pacing was even.

The only issue I really had with the book is that the ending was kind of sudden and I would have liked the book more if the sinking was expanded out some more and if it wasn’t so chaotic (however, the chaotic nature of the sinking fits well with… well the sinking).

Verdict: It was great! Highly recommend!