Welcome back to spotlight and this time I want to shed some light on a book that will be jumping very high up my tbr list.
I came across this book as I was waiting for a book signing to begin (something that never really happens in my local Waterstones) and it jumped out at me. I was putting other books back on the shelves and tables, trying to practise some restraint, and this was one I couldn’t put down.
The main character is Subhi, a refugee who was born in an Asutralian detention centre after his mother and sister fled the violence of his homeland. He has only known life in the centre but from his mother’s tales of distant lands, the Night Sea, and an expanding world, his imagination wants to burst beyond the fences that contain him. One day he meets Jimmie, a girl who appears on the other side of the fence and who brings with her a notebook written by her mother. Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel the words inside.
With the current state of the world and the growing number of refugees finding and struggling to find adequate and safe shelter, we forget that they have stories to tell – stories that need to be shared to promote awareness and that help search for the strength to question the darkest of human lives.
Like I said at the top, this is one book I feel the need to read really soon. Everything regarding the plight of refugees at the moment saddens me and in a world full of pain, we need hope and faith to free them and us from the confines of those cages. It might not be realistic for a lot of people but no life is without that hope.
I can imagine this book being a very important read and one that will hopefully shed some light into the conditions innocent people are living in.
That is all for now.
Have you read this book?
What do you think?
Thanks for reading and have a good day!