Thursday, March 05, 2020

36. Words on Fire

Words on Fire. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2019. 336 pages. [Source: Library] [Historical fiction; mg fiction; ya fiction]

First sentence: My name is Audra. In my language, Lithuanian, it means storm.

Premise/plot: Set in 1893, Words on Fire is a historical coming of age novel. Audra is unaware of the dangerous times in which she lives. Lithuania is no more, has been conquered and occupied by Russia. The language is illegal to speak, to write, to read. Her family has been secretly resisting, helping smuggle Lithuanian books into the country and/or around the villages and towns. Or at least her father has. Audra has been kept out of the loop, in the dark, safe in her innocence. But is anyone safe? When the Cossacks come, Audra escapes—barely. Escape she does with a mystery package and an address to deliver it to. What kind of future will Audra have now?!

My thoughts: I loved this book. I love, love, love the characters and relationships. I was surprised by a couple of turns. I don’t want to risk giving anything away no matter how small. But. I just have to say that I really love, love, love Lukas. I love how Audra fights for what she believes in, and what she is fighting for is not something selfish but selfless. She has gumption.

The story, the action, the emotional roller coaster—everything was just about perfect.

© 2020 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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