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Mia, Sutton Girls

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Oh this book was horrible...in the best possible way. It's super easy to live in oblivion if you have a privileged life in Australia. The refugee crisis literally makes me feel ill. This book is all about refugees and asylum seekers and the horrendous way they're treated. It's pretty tough going. It also made me want to cry. Why, why, why is our world so broken??? Why can't there be peace and equality between different people!

It is narrated by a young child (I think he's ten years old) so it sort of has 'The Boy in Striped Pyjamas' kind of feeling to it. Subhi really doesn't understand everything that's going on so you, as the reader, have to piece things together too. Plus it's written in a very imaginative/ethereal way and I admit I don't really enjoy that style. When Subhi was talking about the night sea, I got a bit confused on the story line.

Basically, the story is this:
ubhi is a 10 year old Rohingya refugee from Myanmar living in an Australian detention camp along with his mother and elder sister, where the living conditions are extremely poor, not to mention the worm-filled food that they are fed in a handful amount once a day. But Subhi is content with his life as well as with his unhinged dreams about the Night Sea bringing him gifts from across the ocean, in that detention camp where he along with his best friend, Eli, played all day or sometimes Subhi helped his friend to smuggle things around the camp.

When Jimmie, a 10 year old girl manages to enter the camp from the outside, Subhi finds the world even more enthralling and mysterious beyond his imagination, although there are lots of mature decisions that Subhi needs to take before he loses his friends as well as his family in that wretched life forever.

That's what this talented writer has succeeded by penning a strikingly heart breaking story of a little refugee boy born in a detention camp, where the living conditions are so poor that a normal human being cannot imagine to live there even for a day. Through this 10 year old child's voice, the readers will get a thorough insight into the raw and honest world of refugees in detention camps, a human being, with no passport to go back home and at the same time, no permission to settle in a foreign country, its more liking living on the edge of a country, ill-treated daily to remind them that they are outsiders and that they must be grateful towards the country who are allowing them to live and eat for free.

This is such a heart-wrenching book and this is one of the few books I actually cried about. The thought of him living in such awful conditions is absolutely heart breaking. Once you've read this book, I hope you realize about other less fortunate people in this cruel world and not just you!!

Thank you Zana Fraillon for allowing me to read this beautiful book; I will certainly recommend to others.

Posted on: 16th June 2017 at 09:25 pm

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