Hello Book Dragons! Today we start new, last week of the reviews. There is only four days left until very interesting Christmas this year. Tier 4 is something very unexpected… But I hope you are all safe. 🙂 On the day eight of 12 Reviews Of Xmas, I have a review of the book, that shows that YES, it can be worse than TIER 4! 😦
Thanks a lot to publisher – Hot Key Books for the review copy.
Release date: 02 04 2020
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £6.55 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $10.76 (USD)
Pages: ~ 304
My rating: Really liked it.
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What I learned from this book: That Americans first dropped the bomb, and then investigated it’s effects on people… :(
Description of the book: A Japanese teenager, Mizuki, is worried about her grandfather who is clearly desperately upset about something. He says that he has never got over something that happened in his past and gently Mizuki persuades him to tell her what it is.
We are taken to 1945, Hiroshima, and Mizuki’s grandfather as a teenage boy chatting at home with his friend Hiro. Moments later the horrific nuclear bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. What follows is a searing account of the blinding flash, the harrowing search for family and the devastation both human and physical. There is also the very moving and human story as the two teenage boys with great bravery search for and find Keiko, Hiro’s five-year-old sister. But then Keiko is lost when Mizuki’s grandfather has no option but to leave her in a safe place while he goes for help… Despite a desperate search in the aftermath of the bomb, where he leaves origami folded paper cranes for Keiko with his address on everywhere a survivor could be, he cannot find her… A powerful novel that, despite its harrowing subject matter, has hope at its heart.
How this book made me feel: The blurb of this book is pretty accurate, and this story left me truly heartbroken. It is quite a short story, so I am not able to do a very detailed review, because the spoilers would be unavoidable. 🙂
The protagonists of this story are Mizuki and her grandfather, and this novel is told from their perspectives. The first thing that I noticed was the different types of writing styles used. Mizuki is telling the story through a poetic writing style, and her grandfather through a different, more regular one. This story really shows what her grandfather had to go through, when he was young, after the bomb exploded, and it was a horrifying story to read. I was really touched by Mizuki’s grandfather’s determination, bravery and strength. He was truly inspirational.
I really loved the plot of this book, I was completely absorbed with this story, and it is a very quick read, that really “hits the feels”. 🙂 The story always changes, and the detailed descriptions of the events and the surroundings made me feel like I am on the journey with the grandfather. The chapters were quite long, but they were divided into smaller parts, and the pages just flew by. The ending of this novel rounded this book really nicely and left me very satisfied with the outcome. This novel has amazing illustrations, that allows the reader to see through the eyes of the characters.
So, to conclude, it is a really sad but inspiring story about bravery, loss and determination. I liked the characters as well as the story, I think it is breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreakingly sad. I think everyone should read this story, it is an eye-opening to the true horrors of war, and how it ruins innocent people’s lives. 😦
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Kerry Drewery is the author of the CELL 7 trilogy, the first of which was shortlisted for the Lancashire Libraries Book of the Year 2018 and has been translated into more than a dozen languages, as well as two other highly acclaimed YA novels: A BRIGHTER FEAR, 2012 (which was Love Reading 4 Kids Book of the Month and shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award) and A DREAM OF LIGHTS, 2013 (which was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, awarded Highly Commended at the North East Teen Book Awards and shortlisted for the Hampshire Independent Schools Book Awards). Both were published by HarperCollins in the UK and Callenbach in The Netherlands.
Twitter: @KerryDrewery / Instagram: @kerry.drewery / Facebook: @KerryDrewery
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