My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book about the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to around 1917 could have been written so much differently. This is not to say that the author shied away from the gruesomeness of historical accuracy. But instead of writing this novel highlighting this atrocity and the subsequent despair, destitute and defeat, the author chose instead to focus on the other side. The side of humanities courage, strength and perseverance in the face of danger and hopelessness. This book will move you and touch you emotionally in ways you might not have known.
The story follows a boy named Zaven as he gets swept up in the marches that drive him and his fellow Armenians from their homelands. He watches horrors every day and uses them to educate himself on the capabilities of his fellow humans. He uses this knowledge to strengthen his resolve and courage as he comes of age. The characters in this book feel as if they were real people within this time and that we are reading about their plight as it unfolds. This was an excellent book!
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