Release Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah
Genre: Fiction, Historical, World War II
When I first received this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I am fascinated by the stories of World War II so I knew a little bit of what to expect and that it wasn’t going to be an easy read. I wasn’t at all familiar with how life was for the Dutch that were living in what been Dutch-occupied Indonesia. It is veryeye-opening and will reveal what war expects of children in the maelstrom. I learned a lot through the eyes of Jeremiah Prins. This however, will forever be added to my bookshelf.
Imagine ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, who had lived the life as a son of a privileged school headmaster when it all changes after the Japanese Imperialist Invasion of the South Pacific in 1942. First Jeremiah’s father and his three older step-brothers are taken away, leaving Jeremiah to become responsible for his mother and younger siblings. The Native Indonesians hated the Dutch so they had teamed up with the Japanese to rid them. Therefore, they were sent to live in a concentration camp run by the Japanese.
This novel is not for the faint hearted. There is violence and some gruesome scenes. It is not an easy, feel good kind of read. It is a time period in history when there was no hope to be found within a concentration camp. Unlike the Nazis, the Japanese were not known to use gas chambers. They got off by letting them die off slowly through starvation and labor. With that aside, do not fear, there is hope.
The only thing that I find negative in this story is that the ending was not at all what I was expecting. It really caught me off guard and it is a bit disturbing. He does find hope in the end, but I wish that Brouwer had gone into a bit more detail about it than he did. It surprised me that he didn’t because he was so descriptive in many scenes all throughout the book.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Sigmund Brouwer’s Bio:
Whether writing youth or adult fiction, Sigmund Brouwer is a best-selling author of more than 40 fast-paced novels. Some of his works encourage young reluctant readers into the world of books, and others provide adults with riveting tales. His youth series include Mars Diaries; Short Cuts Extreme Sports; Lightning on Ice; CyberQuest; The Winds of Light; Dr. Drabble: Genius Inventor; and The Accidental Detectives. His adult fiction titles include Out of the Shadows, Morning Star, Thunder Voice, Double Helix, and Blood Ties. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan where they have two daughters and live in Red Deer, Canada. He is also known for Rock and Roll Literacy.