Plot: In this unofficial sequel to Treasure Island, the further adventures of Jim Hawkins make for an entertaining nautical romp, as a turn of bad fortune sees the protagonist pressed into service aboard a Navy ship where he must survive at all costs until he finds his way home again.
Prose/Style: The prose is engaging yet somewhat distant, filtered through the perspective of a much older Jim, as befitting the inspirational source material.
Originality: As a continuation of a classic tale, this upholds the spirit of Treasure Island while adding a new chapter to Jim Hawkins’ adventures. As an added twist, Hawkins’ initial memoirs exist in-universe, thus adding a measure of fame and accomplishment to his reputation. As far as reimaginings of established material go, this is a satisfying take on the original.
Character Development: This tale remains true to the spirit of the source material, with the good-natured and well-meaning Jim seeking an education as a doctor, only to accidentally return to sea. While coming to terms with his past actions, including the death of the pirate Israel Hands, Jim further matures and grows into his destiny as a gentleman.
Date Submitted: August 08, 2019