Tag wants to be a gladiator. Lucia wants to be free to marry someone she loves. Neither one see a chance to follow their dreams living in Ancient Rome. Tag is a slave, and Lucia is a young woman. Despite their circumstances, they start planning and dreaming for the future they see for themselves together. Then their world erupts.
So the novel gives away the ending because it has a volcano erupting on the front. However, there is a part of the ending that I was not expecting, and I have to say the author did a decent job of making the ending while not happy, at least, realistic and somewhat hopeful. If you are someone who is looking for a completely happy ending, this is not the book for you. For those who enjoy books about historical events like the Titanic or the Holocaust, this might be something you're interested in. It was a great tragedy that could have been avoided, but people did not heed the warnings.
For more information about Pompeii, here is an interactive website from Discovery Kids.
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