Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: War Kids


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War Kids

HJ Lawson

When Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself.

Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters.

With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war.

War Kids is a story about the Syrian Civil war through the eyes of a group of teenagers.

My Thoughts:
Whoa oh my gosh this turned out incredible.
-first off, there are chapter titles. Not as fun as the Percy Jackson ones, but very agreeing with the character, Jada, and the story. I personally am a huge fan of chapter titles so this pleases me.
-the opening scene in general was crazy good. With all the death an the soldiers and the destruction, I really liked it all. Jada is freaking out, understandably, ad she has to escape a room full of dead bodies and hazards. The scene is very well-written and broken down perfectly. The author definitely knows how to hook a reader.
-this book is very well-written, with a taste for well-chosen verbs and nouns in particular. Everything makes you think, makes you feel, makes you see, even while you are enjoying a story.
-this is my only negative: sometimes there isn't enough description. In certain scenes, Jada was in a certain room or something that was important but it wasn't really described. Always always always use way too much description and then cut the unnecessary. But for War Kids, it wasn't distracting, it was actually pretty rare. Just a few instances.
-I love the point. Enough said.

This is an awesome survival story that takes its rightful place among those of today. Everyone who loves a dystopian should read this.

Rating: 4.5 stars

~Ashley

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