A review of In Search of the Castaways; or The Children of Captain Grant (by Jules Verne)

This novel was an adventurous read, there’s plenty of suspense, and you don’t know what will happen next. The story has a solid plot, it’s very intriguing. The book seemed dull when I read the first few chapters, but then the story really kicked off, and it was a wild ride. The characters encounter danger, discover clues, and there’s betrayal. There were many exciting plot twists that I did not see coming , and the ending was satisfying.


After finding a bottle that Captain Grant had cast into the ocean after the Britannia is shipwrecked, Lord and Lady Glenarvan of Scotland contact Mary and Robert, the young daughter and son of Captain Grant. The government refuses to launch a rescue expedition, but Lord and Lady Glenarvan, moved by the children’s condition, decide to do it themselves. It won’t be easy finding Captain Grant; the coordinates of the wreckage are mostly erased, and only the latitude (37 degrees) is known, henceforth the expedition would have to circumnavigate the 37th parallel south. The bottle was retrieved from a shark’s stomach, so it’s impossible to trace its origin by the currents. Remaining clues consists of a few words in three languages, but the words are jumbled and don’t provide any hints as to where Captain Grant is. The crew face danger along the way, and close calls, and a huge betrayal. All hope seems lost, and the crew wonders if they will really find Captain Grant, or if they are just chasing a ghost.

This book is a classic, and Jules Verne has written a story that is memorable. It’s amazing to see the characters face difficult problems straight on, and overcome setbacks. I would like to say that if you read this book, I’d recommend reading 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea as well, because I just finished reading The Mysterious Island, and all three stories tie in together, and also to read The Mysterious Island last, because if you read it first, you may be confused, and the story won’t have a huge impact. All three novels are fantastic reads.


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