“A war took Mathilde away from her family when she was chosen to serve her country, Sofarende, with other children working on a secret military project.
But now the other children—including her best friend, Megs—have fled to safety, and Mathilde is all alone, determined to complete her mission.
In this sequel to Beautiful Blue World, Mathilde must make her way through a new stage of the war. Haunted by the bold choice she made on the night she chose her country’s future over her own well-being, she clings to the promise Megs made long ago: ‘Whatever happens, I’ll be with you.'” (from Goodreads)
So, I cried.
Beautiful Blue World was one of my favorite books I’ve read earlier this year, and I was eagerly looking forward to the sequel. When my library finally ordered it (thank you, book ninjas!), I checked it out and set it aside… waiting for the perfect moment to enjoy this amazingness.
It had the same wonderful writing style that stole my heart and the same themes that broke it in the first book. Mathilde’s decision in book one had some SERIOUS repercussions, and I found it very accurate that all of the children were dealing with some hard decisions/consequences. Such is wartime. Megs, Annevi, and Gunnar (especially, Gunnar) were great, and I liked Micah though he could be irritating sometimes. 😉
The Eilean soldiers, the fisherman, and the refugee mother, all were bright spots in a story that could tend toward being sad. And in a similar way, Mathilde’s gift was even more important in this book, and I loved the overall message of kindness as a weapon.
I smiled over Mathilde’s treasures.
I gasped when she saw a familiar face.
I hurt inside along with her on the train.
And I cried with hope over the cottage with the three poppies and the threads of blue. ❤
Just a note, there was a slight humanistic worldview. Also, SPOILER ALERT! a very personal, violent wartime tragedy was not described but was conceptually disturbing and sad.
Best quote: He hugged me. It was a good thing that pretend siblings parting in wartime could hug for as long as they needed to.
Altogether, this was a great sequel, and I’m so glad I’ve read it. Read it for yourself and love it. ❤
(Can we talk about the amazing cover?! It took me a while to fully understand.)