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Dana, Fully Booked

The Bone Sparrow

This is another book on the subject of refugees, but this time it is one that is set in contemporary times, unlike Salt to the Sea. This book did not tell me anything I did not already know or have read/seen on the news. I am not convinced that most young adults are not just as well informed as me. The plot felt very derivative where events in the camp were concerned - riots, actors of protests, deaths and the outcomes of inspections.
Subhi was a very convincing character as was his older sister, Queen, and Ali. Subhi's acceptance of the situation he was born into was believable and the way he was growing up to question his situation was realistic. Queen behaved just the way an older sister would - bossy and fiercely protective of her brother in turns. Ali was clearly drawn as an 'operator' and vulnerable at the same time.
Overall, the strong characterisations were overtaken by borrowed storylines and this became just another book in the refugee genre. I prefer more first hand accounts like In the Sea there are Crocodiles.

Posted on: 8th June 2017 at 12:08 pm

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