“Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all right.
But the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might separate them forever.
A reimagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon, and children have the power to see what adults cannot.” (from Goodreads)
I have been looking for this book for forever. Like seriously, I always check the teen section at my library and it is never there. Well, it’s never in the teen section, that is. I just found it in the children’s section this time and probably squealed out loud. 😀
First off, that cover. Each time I look at it I discover more, and all of the elements meant more to me as I read the book. ❤
This book has aptly been likened to The Book Thief, but since it’s for a middle-grade audience, it was a lot cleaner which was nice. 😉 I’d almost classify this as historical fantasy, except there were no creatures or magic. One look at the map of that world and the events going on in it, and you’ll almost think that this is supposed to be a retelling of World War II. Except, the author made things just different enough to pique my interest and keep me guessing. I loved it. 😉
Mathilde and Megs had a sweet friendship, and I sometimes forgot they weren’t sisters. 😉 Father was darling with his “Bigs, Medium, and Little”, and I liked Mother as well. I enjoyed all the other kids at “school”, especially Gunnar and Annevi. It was interesting seeing all the different characters’ talents and musing (although I was pretty sure I knew) about what Mathilde’s could be. It was pretty special how she impacted the other characters.
But the colors. The blue and the green, the colors of the world and the flag, Mathilde’s and Rainer’s colors. That was the best. ❤ When someone learns to be compassionate and care for other people, there’s no telling what they’ll do. 😉
Just a note, there was a slight humanistic worldview and a mention of SPOILER ALERT! a school being set on fire and not everyone got out. Also, someone does let out a breath they didn’t know they were holding, so if that irritates you… 😛
Best quote: And then on the day after that, when I got up to leave, I heard behind me, “I like blue.”
Altogether, I very much enjoyed this book, and I am eagerly looking forward to reading the sequel. ❤ I wish I could make everyone read it. XD