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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

The second novel from Natalie C. Anderson, Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday, is a powerful and intriguing story about love, family, sacrifice, terrorism, and hope.  From the very beginning, this novel will grip you with Abdi's tale.  It is exciting and tense and will keep you flipping the pages as you root for this young boy who has tried so hard to save his family.  As a reader, you get a glimpse into the terrorism and crime that grips Somalia and the lengths that some will go to in order to escape this terrible fate.  Doomsday is another fantastic read from this exceptional storyteller.  

From Amazon:

Forced to become a child soldier, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, thrilling tale of loss and redemption for fans of A Long Way Gone and What is the What
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When Abdi's family is kidnapped, he's forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia's ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protégé to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi's duplicity is discovered, he will be killed.

For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he's even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber's vest, which still leaves him stumps where two of his fingers used to be and his brother near death. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Sangui City, Kenya, stealing what he can find to get by, sleeping nights in empty alleyways, wondering what's become of the family that was stolen from him. But everything changes when Abdi's picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he's been trying to forget.

In this riveting, unflinching tale of sacrifice and hope, critically-acclaimed author Natalie C. Anderson delivers another tour-de-force that will leave readers at the edge of their seats.