Title: War Kids
Author: Hayley J Lawson
Publication Date: August 20, 2014
Genre: War, Fiction
My Rating: 3/5 stars (C+)
When fourteen-year-old Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she
thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real
civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm
skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself.
Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada
crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom
With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they
try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group
together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to
stay vigilant in the face of war.
I received an eARC copy of this book directly from the author in return of an honest review .
This book is a great magnifying glass on what children in war witness and go through. When one of them loses a family
member and shed a tear, I also shed a tear. This is great to raise awareness on what kids are going through in countries with wars. A lot of people would not consider researching what injustice is
happening outside their own country
I loved how the author has showed how children, no matter what they go through, try to be happy even if it is after a great loss, even if it lasts only for a few moments.
The book is told from different point of views and sometimes we get an old memory of one of those characters;however, Jada dominates the story , as in, it basically revolves around her.
I believe that this is a work of fiction, as only few would go and do all of these things. I think that there should be at least on group of people who are willing to find the bad guy. Perhaps the freedom fighters could be this group, but I was looking for people who were not seeking a safe place. Someone to fight the bad guy, even if they are few, or if they end up dead .
The start of the story was the strongest part in this book. In my opinion, it was more important to show the world the concepts of tragic loss.
I am not sure if the book has a sequel, but it would be great if it did. The
ending was very interesting and I would be looking forward to read it
if it did.
The profit of this book will go to helping kids in Syria, so buy purchasing this book, you enjoy a great read and support a huge
I gave this book 3/5 stars, and C+ according to my rating scale.