Posted by Literary Titan
Drone Child by David H. Rothman is a thrilling novel set in the near future and is filled with adventure that will keep you on your toes at all times. The story follows a young fifteen-year-old electronics genius from the Congo. His twin sister is also a young genius in the fields of music and dance. In a time where the Congolese purification army is taking children from their families and turning them into child soldiers, it is time for Lemba and Josiane to leave for the city’s safety. However, the city is not any better so our protagonist is on the quest to save himself, his parents, and his sister.
“The problem with a war memoir is there’s no suspense. You already know I live. I need to tell you, too, that I not only survive, I thrive. Even less suspense.” These are the first few lines of this incredible novel. So aware of itself and simple yet so striking that the author has you hooked on his words from the very start of the book.
The author uses vivid imagery that creates an engrossing world and leads the reader on a phenomenal visual journey. Because this is all so foreign to me it felt exotic and I really enjoyed the details that immerses readers in the fascinating setting and the colorful culture. While this is a riveting thriller with many elements and captivating characters, the solid writing ensures readers always know what is going on and why. The easy storytelling lures you into this, at first, deceptively simple tale, that soon spirals into something much more complex and gripping.
Lemba is an intriguing character that I loved following because his slow evolution throughout this spellbinding story is methodical and absorbing. Making Lemba a character you will be rooting for throughout the novel, which is one of the ways readers get lost in his compelling journey. It is a journey that is sadly reflective of real child soldiers in Africa, and I appreciated how that level of social commentary permeates the story.
Drone Child: A Novel of War, Family, and Survival is a rousing military thriller that will appeal to readers looking for a compelling young adult novel with a unique voice.
Pages: 196 | ASIN: B09MH94XCC
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