- Series: A Syrian Story (Book 1)
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: HJLawson; 1 edition (August 9, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692254773
- ISBN-13: 978-0692254776
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,079,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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War Kids (A Syrian Story) Paperback – August 9, 2014
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"Heartbreaking No one in my generation will be able to go to Syria for a while. For anyone who has known child survivors of a war zone (I do), or for people who have only heard the stories on the news, this is a poignant series."- Kristin J.Johnson, Vine Voice Review.
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This book hits hard, fast pace, and keeps your pulse pounding until the very end. A thrilling blend of action, adventure and romance, the War Kids series is an explosive mix that fans of mysteries and thrillers will love.
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The kids experience death, murder and violence and try to survive. They do this by focussing on their training and what is happening at the time around them. The way the kids analysed situations and made decisions is a vital and important part of the story.
The book is a very interesting and dynamic look at this current humanitarian disaster.
It is not a completely happy story. It cannot be given the subject matter. The kids Jada and Zak are heroes and very likeable.
Well done to Hayley for writing this great book. There may be a sequel which would be very interesting.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
The hospitals and schools are being bombed, this is one of those stories that makes you shiver to just hear the plight kids and what they have to do in order keep themselves safe. The connections in story come totally as a surprise, I didn't see them coming.
Overall, this is a nice story but not for the light hearted, there is death and violence.
I read all three books in one day. Knowing what I know now? I would have waited until the author finished the series entirely. I am going to go bonkers waiting for the next book!!!
So yes, I got the first book free, but ended up purchasing the next two and will buy whatever others follow with no hesitation.
The only thing I do not agree with... is the age range for readers. I would not want my young teen reading such heavy material. But, I tend to like to keep kids young and as innocent as possible for as long as possible. Which is ironic, as the children in these books had their innocence yanked from them in unbearably cruel ways.... :(
Let’s dive right into. The story centers around Zak and Jada; two kids caught up in a war they had no choice in being involved in. The first chapters are excellent! Let me say that again. The descriptions and horrors the children are faced with will have readers cringing at the cruelty of war. The farther I read, the more I kept asking, “where is this taking place? The UK? Europe? The US? I had no clue until I hit the kindle 42% mark—Syria. This was very distracting. Readers shouldn’t have to guess where the story is taking place whether it’s fiction or non-fiction.
My biggest complaint is how the story kept jumping around with the characters. It reminded me of the “Last Jump” by John E Nevola, which I thoroughly enjoyed with the exception of feeling like I was in a tennis match. Much too distracting. The parts where the story jumped back fifteen to twenty years just didn’t hold any weight or substance. It wasn’t necessary. And lastly, some of the chapter subheadings didn’t to fit the chapters. Once in-particular was Ch 41, “reunited with our fathers.” It never happens and then same sub-heading is used again for Ch 45. Why?
Since this is a book of fiction why in the world was President Obama brought into it? This held no relevance at all for me. But since the author chose to mention him, based on his policies and handling of the current wars and his condemnation of the conflicts Bush started, why in the world does the author believe he’d get involved in another Middle Eastern Conflict?
The use of exclamation points became oppressive. I understand these are teenagers dealing with a host of feelings and experiences they’ve shared, but I can’t believe they’d constantly be yelling at each other. Sometimes, yes. Others, no. There are also some formatting issues and a sprinkling of missing or misspelled words.
I did enjoy the ending as all the loose strings were finally tied together, but not enough to read the second one.
Three star work.
However, this girl is 14 (or 15?). I didn't really understand the point of the love triangle. It was really short, and it was very awkward. It didn't feel necessary. It didn't add anything to the story.
And the ending was not satisfying. It was rushed. I know how hard it can be to end a book, especially in a series, but it was not satisfying at all.
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It's sad and happy at the same time
If you are under 13 do not read this book