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Eva, Exeter School

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow is set in a immigration camp in Australia and tells the story of a young boy who lives there and who communicates with a girl living outside. The research that the author did to write this book shows through and as a reader I really felt like I was getting a realistic view of the lifestyle that these people face. It was written well and had decent characters. However it wasn’t really a book for me.

It was showing us a normal view of the camp rather than actually telling a story which is Ok for some but it lacked quite a bit of excitement and tension in my opinion. The climax was good but almost forgettable and wasn’t very satisfying in my opinion.

Also (as a more personal remark) I found the main protagonist annoying. Maybe it was just because he was so young and naive (and a child) or maybe because a lot of his thoughts and motives seemed very unreasonable (SPOILER: like being angry with his sister for trying to get news out about the camp's conditions).

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book hugely and found a lot of it to be a bit forgettable because I can’t pinpoint many major events throughout the story. Then again, this is mostly due to my own tastes and I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of other readers.

Posted on: 27th June 2017 at 06:56 pm

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