Rating: 5 out of 5

This story covers a subject I knew little about despite it happening in my (early) lifetime. Somehow I feel that such atrocities should only have happened centuries ago rather than 40 years ago.

The story follows a young girl who isn’t a very different age to the author herself at the time. Through Raami’s eyes we see and experience the horror of such a change in governance, of living conditions, of life. Because we see it through a child’s eyes we see a simplified view. One that makes the novel readable without nightmares. I cried a couple of times, I smiled often, and I admired Raami’s resilience always.

This is the kind of story that tells of a terrible time without glorifying or terrifying. Very well handled.

Originally posted to my Goodreads account