Valora Luck is confident, bold and not afraid to go after what she wants. As a half-Chinese companion to an elderly lady, she’s only getting into first class because of her employer. Unfortunately, her employer dies before they can set sail, but Valora’s determined to make the voyage anyway to reconnect with her twin brother Jamie. She wants to convince him to help her make a new life in America as an acrobat.
This book brings a new perspective to the tragedy of the Titanic. I didn’t know that the Titanic had Chinese passengers, and this book doesn’t shy away from the racism and harsh conditions they would have faced. Valora moves freely between first and third class, so we get a look at both worlds.
It also brings to life numerous characters, from Ollie and Wink, Chinese boys Valora befriends, to a young fashion designer who recruits Valora to wear her clothes.
This story ends in a heartbreaking struggle for survival as the Titanic goes down, threatening everyone’s life and dreams.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.