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The Blue-Eyed Aborigine
The Blue-Eyed Aborigine | Rosemary Hayes
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It is 1629, and there is mutiny in the air aboard the Dutch ship Batavia as she plies her way towards Java with her precious cargo. Jan, a cabin boy, and Wouter, a young soldier, find themselves caught up in the tragic wrecking and bloody revolt that follow. But worse is to come Based on the diaries of the ship's Commander, Rosemary Hayes recaptures some of sea history's most dramatic moments, linking the fates of of Jan and Wouter with discoveries that intrigue Australians to this day. Praise for Payback: "This is contemporary novel-writing at its most relevant." The Independent This title is also available as an ebook, in either Kindle, ePub or PDF editions
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CaramelLunacy
The Blue-Eyed Aborigine | Rosemary Hayes
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Mehso-so

Given the wreck of the Batavia involved mass murder and rape, the book seemed aimed a bit young - older kids, young teens.
Fascinating subject matter, but the gruesome historical occurrences were too glossed over for my taste (given the complicity of the protagonist) which made it feel a bit more like an adventure story without either emotional or actual consequences.
I wanted some actual exploration of how a person gets sucked into atrocity.