ARC Review: Orphans of War by Michael Reit

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Orphans of War

Author: Michael Reit

Release Date: September 8th, 2022

Page Count: 311

Start Date: September 1st, 2022

Finish Date: September 17th, 2022


Story: I want to give some warnings about this story so that people can go in with the knowledge they will have to read them. Besides the obvious horrors of the things that happened during WW2. This also includes domestic violence and public violence and bullying. I really enjoyed this story very much. I felt like I was actually there and viewing everything from all points of view. I felt horrified by certain people in the story. I also found myself rooting on the people who were just so amazing.

Characters: This book is told in three different points of view. We have Christiaan who joins the resistance because he wants to do something to stand for the wrongs that are happening around him. We have Floris, Christiaan’s brother, who is an officer helping bring in the Jewish families for the Nazis to send away to “work camp”. Finally, we have Nora, Floris’ wife. She’s tired of everybody looking at her with disgust because of what it is that her husband does. Eventually she decides to stop being ashamed and start taking action. She joins Christiaan in the resistance.

Critiques: None

Final Thoughts: This book was very emotionally gripping. I can’t explain how much it made me think. I went through so many emotions. I was so horrified by things. My heart broke for people. I also find it interesting that no matter what “side” you’re on, you think you’re right. The beliefs that you’re standing strong for is right in your eyes and your heart. At least for people who actually feel compassion and empathy anyway. I definitely recommend this book fully. I can’t think of what else to say. I think I may have to go back and reread this again one day to see if it still hits me as hard.

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