In this blog post, I'm going to review a classic nautical book called "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. I decided to read this book because my grandma enjoyed it when she was young and thought I would too. After hearing her recommendation, I decided it would be exciting to give it a shot and since it's a classic, I could do a blog post as well. I ended up letting myself get sucked up into this novel and I think people who love sea faring adventures would like it just as much as I did.
The book begins when a strange sailor comes into a hotel and pays the main character, named Jim Hawkings, to keep an eye out for a sailor with one leg. One day, Jim spots the peg legged man the mysterious sailor had described. When the two sailors meet, Jim sees the newcomer wreak havoc in an attempt to endanger the first sailor. Not long after the first suspicious event, another stranger sneaks into the hotel in the middle of the night and forces Jim to help him kill the innocent sailor. Later that night, Jim tries to learn more about the man who he was forced to kill and discovers he used to be a pirate and that he kept a treasure chest hidden in his room. When Jim opens up the mysterious chest, he finds many intriguing items inside, including a treasure map.
Having seen the treasure map, he decides to recruit a brave band of shipmates and a captain to help him find and recover the treasure before the pirates. Luckily, the sailing portion goes smoothly, however when they get to the island, things are not so easy. When they arrive on Skeleton Island, the supposed location of the treasure, they separate and start to explore the area to get familiar with the terrain. After they meet back up, they suddenly get attacked by the rouge pirates from the hotel which tells them that Jim's group isn't alone on Skeleton Island...
I would give "Treasure Island" 4 out of 5 stars because I really like the plot of a regular person setting out to find treasure and all the action included in the tale. I also liked the decisions the characters made because they were smart and realistic to the situation. The only reason why I wouldn't give this novel 5 stars is sometimes I felt like there were some details that were not needed and slightly took away from the value of the book.
Please write in the comments what you would do if you found a treasure map.