Most of the books I review on the blog are out of obligation to a publisher or author and while I am grateful to have the opportunity to read and review books, sometimes the subject isn't necessarily one I would have chosen for myself.
Today, I bring you a brief review of "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. It is the first book I've chosen and read for pleasure in a long time and I am so glad I decided to splurge when I saw it sitting on the shelf at Sam's Club a few weeks ago.
I had heard about the book from a few different sources. I had seen it on the New York Times bestseller list in the Sunday edition of the NYT and it had been mentioned on at least one if not more blogs that I peruse from time to time. I really had no idea what it was about but figured it everyone loved it and it won a Pulitzer then it was probably good.
Y'all, this is seriously one of the best books I have read in years. I was captivated from the beginning. It moved me to tears, it made my heart race, it consumed my daily thoughts and often my dreams and I couldn't wait to see what was on the next page.
The book is set during World War II. It follows the lives of various people, but primarily a French girl names Marie-Laure and a young German boy named Werner. The story follows these two throughout the course of the war and tells the story of the trials they endure, the heartache they suffer and all they have to do to make it to the next day. I don't want to divulge much more because I wouldn't want to give the plot away and spoil it for you should you chose to read it. The stories are so intricate and detailed and I could so vividly see these people and the struggles of their lives.
If you are looking for a great book to read, look no further than "All the Light We Cannot See". I seriously cannot recommend this book enough. A tale for the ages.