James Mills isn’t sure he can forgive his parents for dragging him away from his life, not to mention his best friend and sister, Anna. He’s never felt so alone. Enter Tomas. Falling for Tomas is unexpected, but sometimes the best things in life are. Then their world splits apart. A war that has been brewing finally bursts forward, filled with violence, pain, and cruelty. James and Tomas can only rely on each other as they decide how far they are willing to go―and who they are willing to become―in order to make it back to their families.
Oh yeah, this sounded like the perfect blend of thriller, historical fiction, with queer characters in there for good measure. I’ve never heard of a book that sounded like this one and I was excited to give it a try!
I just realized that I think this is the first historical fiction book that hasn’t given me a headache at some point during reading. This genre and I don’t have the best relationship and I find myself having a hard time with it a lot, but this one was easy to read and I actually really loved it!
Anyway, this book was really, really good. It was amazing and the more I think about it, the more I like it. The writing style was absolutely incredible. It flowed so smoothly and easily, yet it was powerful. This was one of my favorite parts of the book and I think one of the main reasons I like it so much. The writing was that good.
At the beginning, I had a hard time figuring out who was talking when. James and Tomas would be having a conversation, but I would get tripped up with who was saying what. I think this was due to the fact that everything starts at once. There is little to no exposition or getting to know the characters before things start happening and their voices weren’t distinguished enough for me to pick out who was talking. But, this gets easier as the book goes on and I was able to get into the flow of dialogue a lot easier.
This book is told from James point of view and from letters that he writes to sister who is in America. It was a really unique way of telling the story and I really enjoyed it. James voice came through so strong in the letters. I loved reading them. While I enjoyed them, it did have its downfall. I was getting backstory as the main plot was progressing. I was learning and falling love with these characters as everything is going on. It was really cool, but at the end I felt left hanging to an extent. The ending is very ambiguous, leaning on open ended, and I think this is what leads to wanting more. That, and the fact that I loved it so much haha.
Despite my minor issues, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book. It’s powerful, strong, and so so necessary. I cannot wait to talk about this book with everyone and for this book to be seen everywhere, because it’s so deserving.
Thank you for reading!