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.
*I received the ebook copy from the Booklikes giveaway but this has not affected my review and rating in any way.
I didn't read the synopsis nor other reviews before started reading this, so I didn't have any expectations. And I always prefer that way because I might just read some spoilers.
This is not what I normally read but I'm glad the author gave a free copy because this was such a great timely read. We see news updates about wars on televisions, we feel sad for those victims but this book
is an eye-opener about wars and the victims. I've witnessed through this book what it must feel to be caught up in the middle of a war. The killing of innocent children, the bombings
, the piles of dead bodies everywhere, those kidnapped and missing family members, the terror and at the same time the rage to take revenge for the death of loved ones and the innocence taken away from the children, the hope to be reunited with the remaining family members, these all heartbreaking scenes made me literally cry. This was such an emotional, thought provoking and action-packed read with a dash of teen romance.
I like all the F3 characters, despite of what's happened they still have the hope and courage to fight.
This book will make you realize the small things you have in your life that should be appreciated because while you're yelling at your parents for not getting what you want, other children in a country with ongoing war is willing to do anything just to be with their parents again.
There was an error in the POV shifting of Jada and the man who tried to harm her in their house but I read the Smashword edition so I'm not sure if it's been re-edited in other editions. Other than that, I didn't have any problem with the different POVs since I didn't find it hard to follow.
Overall, I love this book! Will definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a good read. I cannot wait to read the next book! I wanted to know what's happened to Haytham, Zak, Ali and the other F3 members. This book left questions that the sequel might have the answers. Can't wait for more action-packed scenes.
Rating: 5 stars
About the Author:
H.J. Lawson was born in Lancaster, England. As a young child she found a passion for drawing, and continued this into adulthood, she graduated from the University of Central Lancashire, England with a BA(Hons) in fashion design.
At aged twenty seven, she and her husband packed up their belongings for a lifelong dream to move to California. Her American dream was completed with the birth of their daughter. Her love for traveling, continued after the birth of her daughter; traveling around America with the family, and the best traveled dog.
A new job position opened up in New York, and the family decided to relocate to Long Island, NY, which is where she currently resides.
On August 21 she was moved by the images of the Syrian conflict, and embarked on an unlikely journey of writing her first novel.
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