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Friday, November 16, 2012

If We Survive Review

If We Survive (Homelanders) Description:

They came on a mission of mercy, but now they’re in a fight for their lives.

High schooler Will Peterson and three friends journeyed to Central America to help rebuild a school. In a poor, secluded mountain village, they won the hearts of the local people with their energy and kindness.

But in one sudden moment, everything went horribly wrong. A revolution swept the country. Now, guns and terror are everywhere—and Americans are being targeted as the first to die.

Will and his friends have got to get out fast. But streets full of killers . . . hills patrolled by armies . . . and a jungle rife with danger stand between them and the border. Their one hope of escape lies with a veteran warrior who has lost his faith and may betray them at any moment. Their one dream is to reach freedom and safety and home.

If they can just survive.

My Review:

You may remember Andrew Klavan from a review earlier this year for Crazy Dangerous; I liked Klavan then and I still like him now.  The writing is authentic and he really seems to capture the point of view of Will as he struggles to come to terms with the world he is suddenly enveloped in when everything goes horribly wrong.

Admittedly, the book starts slow, and I really wasn't sure I would enjoy it.  Klavan writes in first person and the book begins with Will describing the people who are with him.  I wasn't impressed.  However, don't give up.  This section only serves to give you a baseline, and it helps you to see how each character is affected by the events going on around them.

This book has more of a Christian flavor than Crazy Dangerous did.  While it doesn't go deep, Will is constantly reminding himself to pray throughout the book.  It's faith in action throughout!  At one point *spoiler* Will is forced to shoot and kill a rebel that was preparing to shoot him and his friends.  The conflict he feels trying to reconcile taking the life of another, someone's son or father, is real.

In an environment where there aren't pretty lines that divide the good guys from the bad guys, Klavan introduces you to real people and the difficulty of trying to reconcile their idealized world with the real one.  A great read!

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