The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
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Set during the American Civil War, five Union prisoners of war escape the Siege of Richmond by way of an observation balloon. When they are caught in a violent storm and carried thousands of miles from the mainland, the group manages to crash-land on an unknown island in the South Pacific.
Their resourcefulness and ingenuity enable the men to not only survive, but thrive in their new habitat. But as they settle into their surroundings, a cascade of peculiar events with no rational explanation begin to unfold.
Jules Verne's follow-up to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of Castaways follows the same adventurous spirit as its predecessors, and even continues the stories of some of their pivotal figures.