Along with Michel Strogoff this is another novel of Jules Verne that I read and reread without being bored and every time I find new things to be amazed about. The amazing and extraordinary adventures of this mix and match crew of people who escape in a hot air balloon a fortified city during the American Civil war and are caught in an hurricane and crash on this mysterious island. This is survival through wits, work and a little bit of luck. The original survivor. I still love this story to pieces and how it's connected to other of Verne's work by some mysterious and wonderful threads.