Book Review | Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

3 of 5 stars
Read in September, 2011 


This was quite the interesting non-fiction book. I didn’t really know what to expect while reading it, knowing it was non-fiction, however, I thought the topic matter was very interesting.

This book is about Ernest Shackleton and his ship, the Endurance, sailing to the Antarctic circle in hopes of being able to cross the continent and be part of the first team of explorers to do so. However, 100 miles from land, the Endurance became stuck in ice and the men were trapped their all winter. Things became worse as the ice moved and crushed the boat. Stranded on feet, Shackleton and his men were forced to find a way to return to the nearest whaling station island hundreds of miles away past a frozen wasteland and a treacherous ocean.

As I am a history teaching major, I kept looking at it from a history paper perspective rather than as a piece of literature. In doing so, I kept becoming disappointed and finding downfalls with the book. But then, I realized what I was doing, I looked at it from a literature perspective again. It is a very interesting story and I love how the author, Armstrong kept us in suspense. I loved looking at the pictures–it helped to bring the story alive.

Because it is a thick book, and there is a large part of their journey with no pictures, I would recommend it to at least 9th graders. I’m sure boys would love this type of story more than girls–rowdy men all on their own fighting against the harsh forces of nature.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.