A Million to One

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A Million to One
Author: Jaigirdar, Adiba
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1912
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Great Britain
Topics: Titanic, Heists, LGBTQ+
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Young Adult, Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2022

World History > Modern Age > LGBTQ+ > Titanic

Adiba Jaigirdar, author of one of Time's Best YA books of all time, gives Titanic an Ocean’s 8 makeover in this nail-biting heist set onboard the infamous ship.

Josefa is an unapologetic and charismatic thief, who loves the thrill of the chase. She has her eye on her biggest mark yet—the RMS Titanic, the most luxurious ship in the world. But she isn’t interested in stealing from wealthy first-class passengers onboard. No, she’s out for the ultimate prize: the Rubiyat, a one of a kind book encrusted with gems that’s worth millions.

Josefa can’t score it alone, so she enlists a team of girls with unique talents: Hinnah, a daring acrobat and contortionist; Violet, an actress and expert dissembler; and Emilie, an artist who can replicate any drawing by hand.

They couldn’t be more different and yet they have one very important thing in common: their lives depend on breaking into the vault and capturing the Rubiyat. But careless mistakes, old grudges, and new romance threaten to jeopardize everything they’ve worked for and put them in incredible danger when tragedy strikes.

While the odds of pulling off the heist are slim, the odds of survival are even slimmer…

Perfect for fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper and Girl in the Blue Coat, this high-seas heist from the author of The Henna Wars is an immersive story that makes readers forget one important detail—the ship sinks.

Emily's Review

I had so much fun with this book. I listened to the audiobook along with physical book and I highly recommend the audio - the narrator is fantastic. Told in multiple perspectives, you follow a group of girls performing a heist against the backdrop of the Titanic.

Having come-of-age in the late 90s, I was obsessed with James Cameron's Titanic, so I love stories with that setting. And when I found out that this book is not only that, but a diverse cast of girls attempting to steal a famous piece of art - I just knew this would be a good time. I'm so glad to say that it was!

First I want to say that this is a true YA book - it feels like the characters are teenage girls, not 20 somethings. The romance in this story is very sweet too. I think this is a great "starter" YA novel for a younger teen or tween who is ready to move up into older reading material.

Having said that, this is set against a tragedy, and it does become at the end of the book, so be prepared for that. The way each character behaved felt realistic, and while the story is set ont the Titanic, it is more about the hiest and the relationships between the girls, rather than focused around the doomed voyage.

Overall, I thought this was a great historical fiction with a fascinating cast of characters. I recommend for ages 12+

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