Review by Sweksha
December 14, 2020
Fever 1793, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, describes the events surrounding the yellow fever epidemic. The novel includes several plot twists that successfully convey history and engage readers. This novel takes place during the yellow fever epidemic that ravaged Philadelphia in the summer of 1793. The protagonist of this novel, 14-year-old Mattie Cook, learns to deal with the hardships brought on by this awful epidemic.
Anderson uses vivid imagery and bold word choice to convey what the fever was like for many families and also what it was like specifically for the Cook family. By doing this, Anderson painted a picture for the readers so that they were able to connect with the characters described in the novel.
Additionally, Laurie Halse Anderson incorporated several events of historical significance throughout the novel. The end of the novel showed George Washington’s return to Philadelphia and the capital. I think this is very important because it shows the readers that the events that happened in the novel were an accurate representation of what life during the yellow fever was actually like. Although this novel was very interesting, at some points I felt like the plot was moving very slowly, and events were overly exaggerated. However, I would recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in historical fiction and also anyone who is interested in books about perseverance and overcoming monumental obstacles.