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The Bone Sparrow

This was an engaging read providing an insight into the mind of a young refugee and into life in a detention centre. I felt warmly towards Subhi, who is a very likeable character, and felt his behaviour reflected his age and circumstances quite well. However, it took a while to work out whereabouts in the world the story is set which was a little frustrating and I felt this could have been revealed much sooner without detracting from the plot.

I also felt there were flaws in the plot. I thought some unlikely things happened;in particular the direct contact between Queenie and Subhi would be highly improbable in real life and the apparent lack of awareness amongst the guards of the weak spot in the perimeter boundary also seemed unrealistic.

I found it a little hard going reading in the stilted English of the refugee boy and, whilst this worked for Subhi, I found his narration of the tale from Queenie's viewpoint less convincing.

Posted on: 19th April 2017 at 01:10 pm

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