I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by HarperCollins UK on June 7th, 2012
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
An impossible love story set against the backdrop of the Iraq war, A Brighter Fear will appeal to everyone who loved a gathering light.
This debut novel is the story of Lina, a teenage girl from Baghdad, and it starts as the bombs fall in 2003. It is a love story: for a country, and for a person too. There is an object that is lost, but may yet be found again.
We can’t say much more without giving away what happens in this
beautiful, contemporary fairytale. Suffice it to say that it will break your heart... but then will put it back together again.
A beautiful novel from a new literary star.
Don’t let the beautiful cover fool you. A Brighter Fear is not full of a warm heartbreaking tale of love and friendship. We find Lina, a teenager living Bagdad during the war against the United States. What has become of her country after Saddam Hussein’s reign?
Beautifully written, there’s a wonderful quality in the author’s writing. I think it’s all about simplicity and the emotions she portrayed. How does it feel to live in fear of your life? Your family’s lives? Your friend’s? It’s unimaginable, yet the author takes great care with writing her fears.
I didn’t enjoy the chapters with Lina’s mother. I felt it broke up the story too much. It was heart breaking to read too. I can’t imagine the pain they have suffered. I don’t understand war, and I never did. There’s always sadness where it happens. And the Iraqi war isn’t any different. I think this touched me more so because it’s not exactly fiction. These things happen. We hear about it on the news, and watch as our soldiers come home, but no one really understands what they go through. This was a healthy reminder of that, and I couldn’t help but cry.
The romance between the two was sweet, yet I wanted it to be more. It wasn’t so much a love story between the two, but a love for her country an what she would do to stay there.