This book is built on a brilliant premise: a girl living on the edge of civilisation on the Gulf coast of America sends out a message in a bottle and it ends up in the hands of a political prisoner trapped over a lake of lava. The story of each comes out as they speak with each other. The book delves into the plight of people excluded from civilisation, dealing with exclusion and inclusion and it holds great promise, which it didn’t fulfil: in my mind, it felt a bit didactic, like it was a Critical Book about Important Things.
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I totally loved this book. Even though you thought it didactic, I am glad to see your independent review. So many people publish books themselves now, it’s hard to get serious attention for something good.