Iona, St Helen and St Katharine
The cover of this book put me off and at first I didn’t want to read it. However, within the first paragraph, I realised that this book was amazing. It is a gripping, lovely story about young Samkad wanting to become a man.
The characters and very believable, with relatable thoughts and feelings. Samkad is nervous, however he wants to be brave, so he can become a man. Little Luki is a young girl, who would, in 2019, be a feminist. She wants to be a warrior, yet all of the ‘ancients’ force her to wear a skirt and be a girl.
Mister William, an American you meet further on in the book, is charming, and although not everyone in the village trusts him at first, they come around when he introduces them to ‘gumdrops’ and guns. Kinyo is a boy who was sent out to live with his aunt Agkus in the lowlands. He trusted Mister William all the time, as he saved them when the other Americans invade and burn down their house.
The plot of this story is very well structured. The author explains things so that you understand, and tells you some backstory. What I liked most about the plot was the fact that it was very clear about what is happening. The style of the writing is quite easy and fun to read. The sentences are a range of long and short, but all quite easy to understand. By the end of the book, you know what the cover is and how it is important.
Overall, this was a really good book to read, though I didn’t expect to like it. I think that I would rate it ten out of ten, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story that they can not necessarily relate to, but understand what the events would feel like.
Posted on: 25th April 2019 at 08:37 am
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