The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, 493 pages
During the Civil War five Union prisoners
escape from Richmond in a balloon however they are blown off course and
crash on an uncharted island in the middle of the Pacific. On the island the castaways must learn how to survive, their only possessions are the clothes are their back.
This was quite an enjoyable book with just enough excitement to keep the story going. Verne also does a great job of taking the time to explain in detail how the castaways are able to do what they do, as well to provide a detailed description of the island. This book is easily worth reading if you don't mind a bit of technical language used.