Wide as the Wind
By Edward Stanton
Open Books Press
Years of tribal wars between the Tuus and the Raas have savaged the tiny Polynesian island of Vaitéa. Those tribespeople who survive the massacres are slowly starving to death. The high priestess Marama believes 15-year old Miru is the chosen one and tasks him with saving the island and its people from total destruction. Though Miru is in love with Kenetéa, she is Raa and he is Tuu. So there is little hope for a future together while their fathers remain at war. Miru obeys Marama’s command and becomes the captain of a seaworthy twin-hulled sailboat built by his grandfather’s shipbuilders. His 10-year old sister Renga Roiti and Kenetéa’s 10-year old brother Mohani make up his entire crew. The three kids set sail for the lush island of Ragi where they must harvest seeds and tree shoots to bring back to Vaitéa to restore what has been lost. During their long treacherous journey, Miru finds within himself not only strength and determination but the true answer to saving Vaitéa — peace. Miru understands that in order to save the environment he must first save his people from themselves. Though his quest challenges him to his very core he is drawn toward his destiny by his ancestors and the gods and goddesses who rule the land and sea. Stanton paints the ravages of Vaitéa’s war and the splendor of Ragi’s paradise in vivid detail and poetic prose. Stanton has sculpted a modern parable that shows how mankind’s hatred and violence sow the seeds of environmental devastation. Three pages of discussion questions at the end make this novel an excellent resource for a study in literature and/or climate change. Wide as the Wind is an inspiring adventure about the bravery and courage of three young earth warriors who save the future.
Copyright (c) 2016 by Peggy Tibbetts