About: It’s 1937 in China. Japan bombs started being dropped at random. Ju Lian and her classmates are forced to flee their college and find safety before it’s too late. They are also tasked to help keep the Library of Legends safe. Each student is tasked to hold onto one book. They are also given an assignment to read the book they have and be prepared to write a paper on it.
Plot: This book was so beautifully written. It’s tragic, but it’s full of hope. I loved the references to the books in the Library of Legends. I would have liked to see more references. I would have also liked to see some of the things that were referenced in the story. This book reminded me of The Shanghai Girls. Only because of the event that takes place. It’s nowhere near as brutal.
Characters: It was easy to really empathize with the characters in this book. Especially Ju Lian. She and her mother had gone through so much in life. Her father is mistakenly killed. The cops refused to make the fact that their kill was in error public. She and her mother were forced to go into hiding because of it.
Narration: This book was narrated by Emily Woo Zeller. She had a tone that captivated attention. I can’t explain it better than that. I really enjoyed hearing her.
Suggestions: Maybe have some of the incidences that were referenced included in the story.