Book Review

#TheJungle ~ @PoojaPuriWrites @inkroadbooks/@bwpublishing #YA

The Jungle

There was a story Jahir used to tell me. About how the first humans were born with wings. Can you imagine what that would be like? To fly anywhere in the world without worrying about having the right papers?

Mico has left his family, his home, his future. Setting out in search of a better life, he instead finds himself navigating one of the world’s most inhospitable environments the Jungle. For Mico, just one of many ‘unaccompanied children’, the Calais refugee camp has a wildness, a brutality all of its own.

A melting pot of characters, cultures, and stories, the Jungle often seems like its own strange world. But despite his ambitions to escape, Mico is unable to buy his way out from the ‘Ghost Men’ the dangerous men with magic who can cross borders unnoticed. Alone, desperate, and running out of options, the idea of jumping onto a speeding train to the UK begins to feel worryingly appealing.

But when Leila arrives at the camp one day, everything starts to change. Outspoken, gutsy, and fearless, she shows Mico that hope and friendship can grow in the most unusual places, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll show you the way out as well.

My Review 

A refreshing read of a how you can find friendship in the strangest of places. The book is from a young persons view point. Which gives the reader a different perspective. With the core of the story being told from the Calais refugee camp. I found this interesting, I like most people saw the camps on television. But I never imagined the stories behind the 1000’s of people. The Jungle made me reflect on that fact. That each person was not just a face it had his or her own story to tell.

Ink Road is the YA section of Black & White Publishing and they did well to spot the talented writing of Pooja Puri.  Puri writing flows, is it almost poetic. Her characters spring to life and we are instantly immersed into Mico’s world.

It’s a quick read, nicely paced. I always like the lessons I learn from the books I read. This book taught me to remember everyone had their own story.  The cover with it’s swarms of dark navy and sky blue is stunning and memorable.

There was a story Jahir used to tell me. About how the first humans were born with wings. Can you imagine what that would be like? To fly anywhere in the world without worrying about having the right papers?

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Ink Road  ~ Black & White Publishing 

You can purchase your copy of The Jungle  here ~ Black & White Store

Other titles available or coming soon from @inkroadbooks/@bwpublishing

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