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The kingdom on the waves
M.T. Anderson
Teen Fiction ANDERSO

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Summary: Volume II of the National Book Award Winner and NEW YORK TIMES bestseller -- a stunning resolution to the epic tale that "fascinates, appalls, condemns, and enthralls." 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 Dunmore'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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Fled to Boston out of fear of a death sentence; has visions of liberty; travels to Virginia in the hopes of joining the counterrevolutionary forces in exchange for his freedom.

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