Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!
I always enjoy going to the online SLJ Teen Live conference. It is a great way to find out upcoming releases and get a few eARCS. I got this as an eARC from that conference.
I received this eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
In Somalia, it is impossible to go to school or hang out with friends because the local rebels are waiting to take any young boy and make him a soldier. After Abdi’s brother is captured, he connects with a group that aims to take down the jihadi that has his brother. While Abdi’s main goal is to save his brother, the people he is working with only want to stop the terrorists at any cost. Abdi becomes a child soldier for the jihadis and spies on their movements. There are many things Abdi is forced to do that emotionally break him. After these events, Abdi is taken in by a volunteer with an internal peace organization, in Kenya. He does not believe that he deserves anything good and has trouble feeling worthy of the schools and friends he begins making.
This book was emotionally hard. The difficult events continued throughout the novel, making it hard to keep hope throughout.