The Day of the Wave – Thailand – Becky Wicks

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Why a booktrail?

A fictional tale of two sixteen year olds who were caught up in the Tsunami of 2004

Story in a nutshell 

Isla and Ben were just sixteen when the Boxing Day tsunami tore through their beach resort in Thailand. They had formed a life changing bond only a few days earlier and were missing presumed dead for a time.

Ten years later and both Isla and Ben, saved yet haunted by that one day of disaster and everything which followed. What would they say to each other if they found each other and again and what would happen to bring both of their lives at a crossroads once more?

Place and setting

Thailand - Bangkok - Khao San Road where the tourist stands are and where Ben and Sonthi see someone from their past Thailand - Khao Lak Where Ben sees translucent tourists every day and where the disaster struck them. Thailand - Khao Lak  - BAng Niang Ben and Sonthi work here at Dream Dive on the beach Thailand  - Phuket They both return here after meeting after so long Thailand  - Phi Phi One of the badly affected areas described in the story
Thailand – Bangkok – Khao San Road
where the tourist stands are and where Ben and Sonthi see someone from their past
Thailand – Khao Lak
Where Ben sees translucent tourists every day and where the disaster struck them.
Thailand – Khao Lak – BAng Niang
Ben and Sonthi work here at Dream Dive on the beach
Thailand – Phuket
They both return here after meeting after so long
Thailand – Phi Phi
One of the badly affected areas described in the story

The setting of the Boxing Day Tsunami must be one of the most vivid yet heartbreaking scenes that is still so firmly etched on everyone’s minds . The magnitude of the earthquake which triggered the tsunami measured some 9.2 on the Richter scale and hit off the western coast of Northern Sumatra. The author mentions that around 14 countries and 5 million people were affected in some way.

Building up a fictional story from such shocking real life events is to bring that event back to life and some scenes are upsetting yet told though the eyes of two sixteen year olds, this is one first and foremost of adventure and first love. But this adventure has soured quickly and bad memories linger. For Isla –

My friends can sympathise and I love them for it, but their idea of Thailand in general is different to mine. they can’t ever imagine the smell of rotting corpses in 35 degree heat….bodies piled upon bodies, the mangled concrete, the twisted tuk tuks.

How do you get over something like that? Do you ever and what happens when you meet the one person who brings all of those memories back and more?

Each one of them has moved on after the tsunami but the effects of that time are both heartbreaking and hopeful –  how its shaped them and how it shaped their young lives in to the people they are today.  Thinking of the water, he remembers. He has built this life back up for himself, this life of diving and sea and sand. But he remembers

She doesn’t know the details, of course: what happened once we were out there

Their stories merge and slowly they learn what the tsunami really destroyed that day.

Bookish musings

This is a poignant story of two young people and how they deal with such a huge tragedy. I remember seeing this on the news and wondering how people coped afterwards and this book really made me think. How one day, can change your life beyond belief and how you cope with it afterwards.How one tiny detail can make you have flashbacks..

This story really hits a nerve as it could be true – people who lost each other that day and years later find each other again – a remarkable story and the way Becky tells it through the eyes of two young people makes it all the more poignant. This is a journey of pain and suffering but also of healing and living life when you have a second chance.

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