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Up From the Sea ❴Epub❵ ➟ Up From the Sea Author Leza Lowitz – Thomashillier.co.uk A novel in verse about how one teen boy survives the March 2011 tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village  On that fateful day Kai loses nearly everyone and everything he cares about in th A novel in verse about how one teen boy survives the March tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village  On that fateful day Kai loses nearly everyone and everything he cares about in the storm When he’s offered a trip to New York to meet kids whose lives were changed by Kai realizes he also has a chance to look for his estranged American father Visiting Ground Zero on its tenth anniversary Kai learns that the only way to make something good come out of the disaster back home is to Up From Epub / return there and help rebuild his town Running through my ruined town pack flapping like wings against my back Plowing through blocks strewn with heaps of refrigeratorsblackboardsbicyclestaxis bustedpianosshelvesdesksstairs allmixedtogether in a marshland grave.


10 thoughts on “Up From the Sea

  1. Nat Nat says:

    I’m grateful to have completed my reading goal of the year 100 books with this heartrending novel in verse Up From the Sea follows the life of how one teen boy survives the March 2011 tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village“What could possibly hurt me than this uakealready has?”On that fateful day Kai loses nearly everyone and everything he cares about in the storm When he’s offered a trip to New York to meet kids whose lives were changed by 911 Kai realizes he also has a chance to look for his estranged American father Visiting Ground Zero on its tenth anniversary Kai learns that the only way to make something good come out of the disaster back home is to return there and help rebuild his townI went into this read expecting it to grow in intensity with each passing page since it's tackling such a heavy subject matter However I felt like there was little to no emotion inserted in the writing where it counted the most In the end it came off uite distant and disconnected from what I was anticipating with the discussions of 311 and the tenth anniversary of 911“We all rememberexactly where we wereand what we were doingwhen our liveschanged forever911 and 311 are so differenttwo separate disasters—but maybe they’re alsothe same Tomo saysHow so? Kenji asksEach one changedour country forever”The afterword where the author discussed the inspiration behind some of the scenes in Up From the Sea was the one place where I felt everything I should've encountered during my reading experience“Inspired by a young boy I met in the disaster zone I began a novel about a boy who loves soccer and creates a team to rally his town after the tsunami Months later I discovered that exactly this had been done in coastal Onagawa The team is the Cobaltore Onagawa Football Club Supporters from all over the world helped in the difficult days following the disasterLater I learned that a soccer ball that had belonged to a teenager in Rikuzentakata washed up in Alaska Amazingly the ball was found by a man with a Japanese wife who could read the messages written on it The couple traced the owner and traveled to Japan to return the ball”I really wish I'd read this before starting the bookBut as with any read there are still a few pieces that made me experience something deeper within myself Here's a handful of them “THERE’S A SAYING IN COASTAL TOWNS—inochi tendenko—save your own life firstA long time agoif you wanted tomarry someone from the coastthe elders asked“If a tsunami camewho would you save first?Your wife and childor yourself?”“If you can’t save yourself first”they said“you can’t marry anyone here”They’d lived through a tsunamiknew its full powerIt’s trueIf you can’t save your own lifethe town will disappearAnd if that happensthe future toowill disappearSo don’t you darefeel guilty for being aliveOld Man Sato sayslooking from me to Taroand back againWe’ve got the futureto build”   Ultimately this survival story based on real life emotional events is vividly capturing and ends on a hopeful noteI also listened on repeat to my favorite song of Lorde's new album while reading Note I'm an Affiliate If you're interested in buying Up From the Sea just click on the image below to go through my link I'll make a small commission This review and can be found on my blog


  2. Aditi Aditi says:

    In this dangerous world that we live in where hatred and violence and natural disasters sometimes collide to almost overwhelm us we each can help in some way Marsha BlackburnLeza Lowitz an American author residing in Tokyo pens her new YA verse novel Up From the Sea that narrates the story of a young football aspiring dreams Japanese teenage boy whose happy life washes away by the roaring tsunami on March 2011 devastating not only his dreams but uprooting his life from his village thereby losing his whole family But this is not a story about grief this is a story which tells the readers how to survive the overwhelming pain and stand strong against all odds Moreover this book also highlights the benefits and value of unity and kindness during a natural disasterSynopsis Running through my ruined townpack flappingwinglikeagainst my backPlowing through blocksstrewn with heaps ofrefrigeratorsblackboardsbicyclestaxisbustedpianosshelvedesksstairsallmixedtogetherin a marshlandgraveIn March 2011 a massive tsunami devastates Japan Kai a biracial teen from a coastal village loses nearly everyone and everything in the stormWhen he’s offered a trip to New York to meet kids whose lives were changed by 911 Kai decides to look for his estranged father Visiting Ground Zero on its tenth anniversary Kai realizes the only way to make something good come out of the disaster back home is to return there and help rebuild his town Kai is a half Japanese teenage boy living with his single Japanese mother and his grandparents Like every other day on March 11 2011 Kai went to school and his mother went to the market Little did they knew that on this very particular day a tsunami would destroy their lives completely which destroys Kai's whole village But how Kai emerges from the loss of his mother and grandparents as well as his village is something really remarkable and enlightening for anyone Kai has a dream he wants to be a footballer but his dream comes true when Kai and his friends form a football team from the Tsunami affected village and despite when all their property and loved ones were lost to the raging waves yet they did not lose their spirit and aspired for a better future by highlighting their lost forgotten and devastated village in front of the world with the help of their football teamThe story is told in verse and is beautifully portrayed with diverse and heart felt emotions that will only make the readers' heart yearn for Kai's journey In other words the story is sad and fascinating to read The verse is smooth and simple and reflects realism and emotions The pacing of the book is fast and can be read within a few hours as the story is so absorbing The author's writing style is elouent with carefully chosen words both from local dialect as well as polished English wordsThe setting is the backdrop of a fictional Japanese coastal town and through Kai's story the author brings alive the culture as well as the local folklore of the country Moreover the author vividly captures the landscape the food the language the people the streets and the sea with arresting details Yes the author not only makes the readers feel deeply but also transports them right in front of the Tsunami raging sea and makes them also face the after effects And yes the scenes do come alive right in front of the eyes of the readersThe characters feel very real and they all have an air of sympathy and hope in their hearts The story is centered around Kai's life after the Tsunami Kai is a teenager and he is going through a lot of changes in his life firstly he has a problem with him being a half Japanese as he constantly gets bullied and mocked by other kids in the school hence he is not happy abut it Next he at times disrespects his mother then after the Tsunami he is desperate and angry about everything when he tries to find his family In short he is a typical teenager with bigger dreams but that gets destroyed when hit by a Tsunami His character evolves a lot after the Tsunami he changes himself from being lonely and angry to someone who is sympathetic with a bit of hope and kind In the end I deeply feel for Kai and could not let him goThe supporting cast comprises largely of residents of that coastal town who are extremely kind and their loss unites them together which gives them strength to look after one another help love and support through difficult times Moreover they arise from the rubles and try to start a new life Their spirit towards having a new start is something really inspiring Even though help did not reach them right after the Tsunami yet they tried to help one another on their ownThe story also highlights the idea of orphan teenagers sharing their grief and pain with that of 911 hit orphan teenagers by visiting their homeland It is like connecting with another person's loss be it in a natural disaster or a man made one The idea is really motivatingIn a nutshell this is a must read YA novel that highlights pain grief and ultimately hope through the after effects of a Tsunami in Japan And the story is filled with so much deep evocative emotion that it is bound to bring a tear as well as smile to the face of the readerVerdict A must read book with strong message of unity and hope during a natural disaster Courtesy Thanks to the author Leza Lowitz for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book


  3. Kels Kels says:

    Such a uick read but also an emotionally gripping and powerfully inspiring one as well Books like this lingers on the edges of my heart and makes me immensely grateful for this little life of mine Gifting it to my nieces


  4. Rashika (is tired) Rashika (is tired) says:

    I still don't know what to rate the book but here is my review for itFlipping throughthe pages My heartracing hoping Kai will surviveHoping I will surviveCoping seems hard and Ihurt for Kai Poor babyCan I shelter him?Probably notPretty words thatpop off the page Pages that flipby fastEmotions that hurtCharacters that growOverall my mind might notbe blown but my heart sure doeshurt


  5. Alice Lippart Alice Lippart says:

    Good but perhaps better for a slightly younger audience


  6. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    On March 3 2011 teen aged Kai leaves for school after a fight with his single Japanese mother He doesn't remember what he said to her He doesn't even remember what language he was speaking Japanese or English the language spoken by his American father who now lives in New York Whatever those words were however they were the last he'd ever speak to her Later that day an earthuake occurs Within a matter of minutes buildings are destroyed and over 15000 people are washed away in a tsunami triggered by the uakeLeza Lowitz's debut as a solo novelist she's the co author with Shogo Oketani of JET BLACK AND THE NINJA WIND chronicles the terror and sorrow of the disaster and subseuent days An award winning poet she has chosen to tell this story in verse The short lines do well to capture the urgency of the uake and its aftermath while the white space on the page gives the reader a measure of relief For the record Lowitz is a long time resident of Japan and as she notes in her Afterword she experienced the earthuake firsthand She later traveled to the disaster zone to volunteer to bear witness and to interview survivors Her proximity to the event and her familiarity with Japanese culture lend versimilitude to this storyThe tragedy in northwestern Japan was unspeakably sad but Lowitz manages to infuse this novel story with hope Although Kai has lost just about everything friends soccer and the chance of meeting his father in New York help him to begin to heal We never find out what exactly happened to some of the characters but this seems right Even now five years later 2601 people are still unaccounted forThis is a powerful beautifully wrought work of art


  7. Mike Mike says:

    Disclaimer I received this book as part of an ARC giveaway at a local indie bookstore although I didn't get around to reading it until after the book was officially released This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the contents of this reviewI really thought I would like this book And I know that I start a lot of reviews by saying that but I think I have adeuate reason in this case The book is written in verse it features a biracial protagonist it's mostly set in Japan and it's about a disaster I know almost nothing about It shouldn't have been hard to make this book good or at least interesting certainly I've never read anything like it But and it feels bizarre to say this the book was just too cliched to do that Turns out even authors that genuinely want to do something new can fall into pitfalls that trap less ambitious writers I do admire that Lowitz wrote a novel in verse with a POC protagonist YA doesn't have nearly enough of either But this book was a failure in almost every other respectSo let's talk about novels written in verse I know next to nothing about them The only other one I've ever read was After the Kiss So I don't have a great understanding of why one might write a novel in verse and what good poetry looks like But I do feel like if you're going to use an unusual format such as verse there should be some sort of reason for it After the Kiss had that the poetry characterized its narrators in a way that I don't think prose could have This novel just doesn't have any good reason to be written in verse The poetry adds nothing to the story Lowitz doesn't use it to paint a better picture of the tsunami or to characterize Kai or to add any observations that prose couldn't have easily communicated Maybe this wouldn't be such a problem if the poetry was interesting in any way But the style of the poetry essentially boiled down to narrative summary with line breaks A better author could've used poetry to bring us closer to Kai by using it to reflect his thought process In Lowitz's hands the verse keeps us at an arm's length from him and from the story According to the Afterword the primary inspiration for this story was a group of kids who started their own soccer league after the tsunami But without the Afterword there's no way I could've guessed that's what this book was supposed to be about Yes that happens in the book but most of the details are skimmed over and until the very end it doesn't get very much screentime Lowitz doesn't really show us the difficulties they must've had organizing this or any sort of real passion for soccer It's just lifeless plot decorating Most of the book was told this way a lot of potentially interesting action was told to us in summary which strikes me as a huge wasted opportunity Lowitz has a very interesting story to tell if only we could see any of itThe other big problem is how cliched the novel is The poetry doesn't do much to characterize Kai and that might just be because there's not much to say about him He doesn't have too much of a personality and his family life is pretty much the only thing we know about him He never felt like a real person to me he always felt like your typical disaster novel protagonist And that's indicative of a much bigger problem with this novel It just feels too typical of a disaster novel and even the elements that should've made it uniue its verse the fact that it's set in Japan don't do much to distinguish it You have your typical arc the protagonist loses a lot in the first act is depressed in the second act and manages to start rebuilding in the third act You get you typical themes about gaining strength from adversity in the final seuence you can almost hear the uplifting music a Lifetime movie would've played These cliches are prevalent in individual scenes as well The climatic seuence at the end comes complete with Kai reuniting with a long lost family member without much explanation When Kai is depressed he finds solace in exactly the people you'd expect him to find solace with an alcoholic who lost than Kai did and a wise old man It's like Lowitz wasn't even trying to avoid cliches This than anything else is what severely softens the impact of the novel There's just very little here that you couldn't find elsewhereThe obvious comparison for this book to me at least is to Love is the Higher Law That was another book about a big disaster in this case 911 Both books were written by people who lived through the disasters they're writing about and both books focus on fairly average teenagers as they move on from the disaster But Love is the Higher Law works so much better than this book and the reason for that is pretty simple David Levithan has something to say Say what you want about Levithan but he isn't short on profound observations and he never writes without feeling huge passion for whatever it is he's writing about Love is the Higher Law is one of his subtle novels but it's still clear to me that he wrote it because he had a lot to say about how people move on from disasters and how society in general responds to them He explores what happens to the collective psyche of New York after 911 He shows how disaster doesn't always bring people together how prejudice existed even after the tragedy And instead of a typical message about strength from adversity Levithan's message is about moving on and how a tragedy can change you without dominating you That's what makes Love is the Higher Law work and Up From the Sea just doesn't have any of that Lowitz doesn't have anything to say She didn't go in because she wanted to give the reader a particular message she wanted purely to inspire and uplift But trying to evoke a particular emotion without a message invariably results in cliches Because Lowitz didn't have anything to say this book was doomed from the start and no amount of unusual formats or diversity could've saved itThis book isn't all bad The poetry wasn't very interesting but there was some interesting imagery here and there And I guess I gave it two stars because I support what this book could've been and I appreciate that Lowitz genuinely wants to contribute something that YA hasn't seen before But Lowitz doesn't have anything to say this has all the literary value of a TV guide I wanted this book to be good and I'm genuinely disappointed that it let me downThis review can also be found on my blog


  8. Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes) Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes) says:

    Up From the Sea is about two very difficult topics from the worlds history The first and the main one being the tsunami that hit Japan after a 90 earthuake struck The second being 911 as it pertained to the AmericansNeither of these two topics is something easy to discuss but Leza Lowitz does it beautifullyUp From the Sea is not written in the traditional sense It is actually written in the form of poetry If you are new to this idea you may be a bit hesitant and find yourself wondering if a story could really be told this way The answer is uite simply and very strongly a yes The world is drawn very vividly and the characters are easy to relate to It is very well doneUp From the Sea follows along our main character Kai It starts the day of the tsunami and ended approx a year or so after that fateful day You feel his emotions the emotions of those around him and and you learn a lot of about what it was like in coastal Japan at that time You also get to learn a little bit about Japanese culture and some Japanese language which was a nice touchIf you are looking for a fantastic read that deals with some real life issues Up From the Sea will not disappoint you I will warn you though Once you start reading you won't be able to put it down You will be finished within a day of starting itMy Rating45 StarsThis review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest reviewFind of my reviews here


  9. Leza Lowitz Leza Lowitz says:

    #1 BUZZFEED pick YA NOVELS YOU NEED TO READ Reader I was in Tokyo when the Great East Japan Earthuake and Tsunami struck at 246 pm on March 11 2011 Long term residents like myself were used to uakes but this one was different The massive sharp thrust followed by a violent back and forth shaking grew in intensity with each second I ran out of the building and watched a skyscraper sway hoping it would not come down Strangers huddled together as the pavement rippled and buckled under us like a wave This kept on for six minutes That's a very long time What registered as a 75 in Tokyo was a 90 along the Tohoku coast We didn’t know that yet We didn’t know that minutes after the uake hit a massive tsunami slammed onto the shore and devastated those ancient seaside townsThen the nuclear leaks began Though the decision was agonizing my family and I chose to stay in Japan Japan had given me so much It was the least I could do to try to give something back As I watched from the relatively close but far enough to be “safe” distance of Tokyo I wanted to write down everything I saw heard and experienced Though I wasn’t in the tsunami zone the very real and constant shaking of the earth was enough to remind me of the magnitude of the experience I recorded what I was hearing on the news from friends in Tohoku seeing on the news and experiencing myself in Tokyo In the coming days many who stayed mobilized to help The yoga studio I own organized relief efforts and I traveled to Tohoku and volunteered at the temporary housing shelters We helped open a library in Oshika a town that was devastated by the tsunami Now teens in the community can have books to read and a uiet clean homey place to enjoy themBut I wanted to do Inspired by a young boy I met in the disaster zone I began to write Up from the Sea a novel about a boy who loves soccer and creates a team to rally his town after the tsunami Months later I discovered that exactly this had been done with help from all over the world In June 2011 four Japanese high school students who'd lost family members in the tsunami flew to New York to raise awareness for the children of Tohoku orphaned in the disaster Two American students who had lost family in 911 and in Hurricane Katrina met with them I was deeply inspired by this story of survivors of tragedies in one country reaching out to survivors in anotherI based the novel on the events of March 11 2011 and their aftermath including the above tales but this story is fiction I wrote Up from the Sea in verse because the form lent immediacy to the events I live in Japan where much of what transpires in life is left unsaid but still deeply understood and sharedIt is my hope that it will keep a light shining on Tohoku and that it will inspire kids to know that we can help each other even across vast oceans


  10. Holly (Holly Hearts Books) Holly (Holly Hearts Books) says:

    At 246 on Friday March 11 2016 a 90 magnitude earthuake struck the Tohoku region of Honshu Japan It was the strongest temblor ever to hit that uake prone country and the fourth largest in the world It lasted six minutes After the uake struck a massive tsunami followed Waves reaching up to 133 feet11106 aftershocksApproximately 15889 deaths6152 injured2601 still missing127290 buildings destroyedThis is Up From the Sea We follow a young boy by the name of Kai living in a coastal village in Japan We relive his whole devastating experience while he loses everyone he loves At 246 pm when I'm sitting in Math waiting for the bell to ring and the earth starts to shakeThroughout the story we do get glimpses of Kai's normal life before the tragic event which adds a blend of light and dark happiness and not happiness and it's incredibly effectiveI wasn't planning on reading this book for another few days I simply grabbed it from my shelf just to read the first sentence A normal routine I do with every new book I receive I read that one sentence Sit down and found myself completely immersed and changing it from TBR to Currently Reading almost immediately Which lead to me finishing the entire thing in one sittingThe entirety of this book is written in verse and I thought is that going to take the emotion away from this tragic eventful story? NO In all honesty I wouldn't want this book written any other way It's heartbreaking terrifying disturbing and oh so very important


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