Four young stowaways - illegal passengers, below even the 3rd class - find themselves on the R.M.S. Titanic, the grandest ocean liner in the world on her maiden voyage.
At first unknown to each other, hailing from four different countries, they begin to learn about each others' pasts as they bide their time in the bowels of the ship, united in their hopes of making a new life in America.
When disaster strikes, what will become of them? Who, if any, will be able to escape the epic tragedy Walter Lord described as 'the death of a small town'?
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)|
About the Author
Laughton Chandler, a thirteenth-generation native of South Carolina, has been interested in the Titanic since reading about the first expedition to the wreck in 1986 as a boy. He is a writer and artist, and lives in Charleston.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Last Off” is an exciting, well-written piece of historical fiction about the voyage (and eventual sinking of) the Titanic from a unique perspective—that of four young stowaways who all dream of a better life in America. The protagonist, Hugh, is British, and he quickly befriends a friendly Irish boy named Paddy, as well as a young French boy named Emile and a German boy named Maximillian. They’re all “fourth class” and hiding in the ship, ready to begin their new lives in America. They are full of fun and excitement, and even venture out to explore the dazzling ship and see its wonders for themselves. Then, one night, they feel a jolt and here an ominous sound—the inevitable tragedy of the Titanic has struck. I enjoyed “Last Off” and its characters. The boys are all vibrant and have their own distinct personalities, and the author does a good job of really making their youth and hopefulness come off the page. That lends the book a tinge of sadness all the way through, as you get attached to the characters while knowing that, more likely than not, things won’t end well. My favorite scene was when they were exploring the boat, and the scenes after the ship strikes the ice are suspenseful; Hugh and Max prove themselves brave and resourceful, turning the tale into an emotional story for the reader. I also liked the story’s wrap up and how it ties neatly into the beginning. I would recommend “Last Off” to readers who enjoy historical fiction, especially fiction about the Titanic.
In this novella, we are introduced to four young men, who are stowaways, in the R.M.S Titanic. The author does a great job describing each of the stowaways personalities. I won't go into alot of detail due to spoilers but I will say I was crying at the end. It was a very bittersweet ending. The thought that those two sections separated is something I would really like to see investigated more. I have seen several documentaries regarding the Titanic and would forward to seeing more regarding this. And honestly I would love a mini series regarding this novella and the story behind these young stowaways. We know how the upper and middle class areas of the ship looked like. I'd love to learn more about the ones who stowed away. The only complaint, if any I would have, is that I wish the author would have wrote more regarding what happened to each of the characters. However, I understand with it being a novella, the length of the book/novel is a bit shorter. Thank you to the author for allowing me to review this book.