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A Moment Comes Hardcover – June 25, 2013
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After taking some classes on Indian history, I discovered that I have a deep fascination for the country and its history that is not often sated in YA fiction, which so often focuses on American or fantastical worlds. Luckily we have books like this, a more serious offering from the author of Wrapped, the historical MG/YA.
What first caught me about this book is its setting during the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, a situation whose repercussions are still felt today in seemingly unending conflict between the two bodies. I knew vague factoids about the situation but this story places you on the ground with Sikhs and Muslims battling over territory but also thankfully highlights the good of people stepping up to do the bit of good that they can do. This is demonstrated in the form of our three narrators: Muslim Tariq, craving to study at Oxford; Sikh Anupreet, a beautiful girl confined to her home to protect her from the violent angry men around her; and Margaret, the British daughter of a cartographer come to divide India who meets the previous two when they are hired as servants in her family's household.
I did not read the summary very closely as it clearly states that these three would be followed so I was surprised to meet the three as narrators. Each chapter lists the narrator so it is easy to keep track that way although the personalities, wants, and desires of all three are so different that it would be simple to do even without (it is appreciated still.)
Probably what I liked most about this was how everything kept building.Read more ›
I ended up pleasantly surprised. This book exhales a wildly different and complex culture, full of life and bursting with sensory details, but tense with the fear of a country on edge. No one is safe, nothing is certain. The characters are detailed and believable as humans living in their time and place. And, once again, Jennifer Bradbury carved her story out of an underexplored bit of history.
Another positive point is that the romance is kept to a minimum. Admittedly, what there is of it includes a love triangle and appears to be largely the result of raging hormones. But there is also a fair amount of more interesting manipulation taking place. It's all believably written but clean, and by the end of the book each of the three main characters has a much more respectful, less objectifying relationship with the others.
I'm hoping Jennifer Bradbury writes another historical fiction novel soon!
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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A different type of novel. Wonderful characters and storyline. Third book for this author. Great writer who has a bright future.Published on August 18, 2013 by G. J. Bradbury
This book is a great read and wonderful for not only teens and young adult, but everyone. Loved Bradbury's other books too.Published on August 14, 2013 by Joan Tincher