|The original cover on left, and YA adaptation on right|
When his rescue plane crashed, Louis and two other men survive the crash - spending the next 46 days on a tiny raft, facing starvation, thirst, and sharks. Impossibly, the men are rescued, only to find out that their rescuers are in fact their enemies: the Japanese.
Driven to the limits of endurance as a POW, Zamperini's story is a must read for young adults. His responses in the face of danger, desperation, and brutality show the strength and resilience of the human mind and body. Although it is an adaptation, the book pulls no punches in showcasing the horrors that Zamperini faced. This is the ultimate survival story that will have readers up late at night turning pages with baited breath to find out how Zamperini triumphs over such adversity. Ultimately, it is a powerful story of redemption and mental fortitude.
The movie version is being released on Christmas Day. Make sure you have read the book beforehand! Here is the official trailer for the movie, directed by Angelina Jolie.